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
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.