You can get plenty of help from Mother Nature when it comes to protecting and improving the indoor air quality of your home. Some of this research, incidentally, comes via NASA, which worked with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America in the late 1980s to find houseplants that could help purify the air in space facilities. Subsequent studies published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science further proved the science. Mother Nature Network has a list of 15 valuable plants, with details on how to best help them prosper in your home and clear the air of unwanted volatile organic chemicals.

Here are a few:

Aloe (Aloe vera)

Aloe is easy to grow and it helps clear formaldehyde and benzene — byproducts of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. It’s also a great salve for cuts and burns.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

This tough-to- kill plant, which has lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. It’s also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.

Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

Its blooms help filter out benzene, often found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent.

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum “Deborah”)

This easy-to- care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants, removing more toxins as time and exposure continues. Southern Living magazine called the Chinese evergreen “the easiest houseplant”; because it thrives in low light and grows in places that kill other plants.

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