Household plants can help purify the air in your home

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This time of the year most of us are closed up in our homes, and studies have shown that our homes may be full of "bad air".

According to NASA your indoor air may be 100 times more polluted than the air outside. But a few of these scattered around your home can freshen up your air and remove any toxins or pollutants in your home.

We are exposed to them through chemicals found in new linen, carpet, furniture, and other items like cleaners. The good news, many household plants can purify the air removing those toxins and pollutants. The plants also convert carbon dioxide to oxygen for fresher air.

"They're cleaning the air and that's the wonderful part about plants in general the whole world needs plants especially in the winter when you're in a closed up environment,” says Jenny Reit, a plant specialist and owner of May's Floral. She says plants like the corn plant, Boston fern, and English ivy are particularly good at absorbing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde.

"Some of those plants are the easiest plants like the spider plant and the peace lilies are probably two of the easiest to care for. They are low maintenance, low light, they're low watering, so they're very easy to care for."

Carol Cox of Eau Claire has quite the green thumb and says all her plants make a difference.

"I have an elephant ear here some clivia, some begonias. So depending on what you want it for there are just a lot of plants that will do well in the house," says Cox.

She says the benefits of plants go way beyond just purifying the air. "I think from what I read and everything that plants do help clean the air and they're just good emotionally. It gives you something living."

Reit recommends to have one plant per 100 square feet of space in your home to get the best impact out of your plants.

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