Indoor Plants that Clean Your Air

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Something as simple as a Gerber Daisy can significantly improve your indoor air quality.
Air Date: 2/3/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professional
ron-lisa-beresLisa and Ron Beres are Certified Green Building Professionals, Building Biologists and published authors of several books including Just GREEN It! and the children's book, My Body My House. In addition to testing the health of homes, their consulting business includes celebrities and Fortune 500's. They are award winning television media experts and have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, The Suzanne Show, The Doctors, Fox & Friends, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Discovery’s Greenovate and Chelsea Lately on E!
  • Book Title: Just GREEN It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet + Your Health
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Indoor Plants that Clean Your Air
Marketing tactics have misled many people to believe that air fresheners work to clean the air around you.

But, these fresheners don't actually clean air. They just mask the odors in your air with synthetic chemicals, which can cause irritation to your nose, throat, eyes, and skin. 

This can become problematic when you consider that approximately 90 percent of your time is spent indoors. It's essential that your indoor air is fresh and free of toxins, and plants are one way you can achieve that.

The NASA Clean Air Study identified the top plants you can use to improve your indoor air quality. While a total of 50 plants were given accolades for this ability, some of the more common plants included the following:

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Snake Plant
  • Areka Palm
  • Spider Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerber Daisy
  • Chrysanthemum

How many plants do you need? According to Certified Green Building Professional, Lisa Beres, it's best to have about one plant for every 100 square feet. The good news is, many of the plants on NASA's list are affordable. 

The benefits expand beyond your home as well. Plants can create healthier air in hospital rooms, office cubicles, and hair or nail salons.

Listen in as Beres joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share more about what's lurking in your indoor air, as well as the specific plants you can use to address poor air quality.