Scrub Your Indoor Air Clean

 We saw a post by Laura Judy on the Atlanta Home Improvement website that we thought would be a great follow-up to our previous bamboo post! An easy way to boost your 2012 resolution for good health is to start with the air you breathe. Adding some specific plants to your home can help you scrub your air clean! One of these plants? Bamboo!

  Judy writes, "Going green can be interpreted quite literally: Houseplants are a beautiful addition to your home that also come with eco-friendly benefits. Plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, providing clean air, and they also trap and absorb some of the pollutants inside our homes, according to Bodie Pennisi, an extension floriculture specialist with The University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Service. While you can’t rely on plants to completely rid your home of these pollutants, they definitely can’t hurt." posted a list of 15 common houseplants that have been studied by NASA (Yes, NASA is in on this. Apparently they want to know what to furnish the first moon condos with.) and found to be the best air scrubbers! So here they are, in no particular order:

1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium', heartleaf philodendron
2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana', cornstalk dracaena
4. Hedera helix, English ivy
5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig', Janet Craig dracaena
7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii', Warneck dracaena
8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa', peace lily
11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena


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