How to Choose Plants to Make a Room Smell Good

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People spend 90 percent of their time indoors. According to a NASA research study, common plants reduce indoor air pollution. Common indoor plants may be a powerful weapon that can combat against the rising levels of air pollution within the home or office. Plants are not only decorative features that can spruce up any drab room, they also help absorb potentially harmful gases and toxic chemicals. Within just 24 hours, some plants can remove 83 percent of the toxicity in the air. Potted plants also leave a naturally refreshing scent behind. By having flowering plants that improve air quality, we can make our homes and offices smell good and be a healthier environment..

Things You'll Need

  • Azalea
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Corn plant
  • Dracaena (Janet Craig, marginata and warneckei)
  • English Ivy
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Golden Pothos
  • Mother-in-law's Tongue
  • Peace Lily
  • Philodendron
  • Spider plant
  • Use them effectively. Use one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

  • Get rid of benzene. This chemical is found in detergents, glues, paints and furniture wax. Low levels of benzene can cause dizziness, drowsiness, rapid heart rate and unconsciousness. Get Gerbera Daisy, Chrysanthemum, English Ivy, Dracaena (Janet Craig, marginata and warneckei) and Peace Lily to ward off this toxic chemical.

  • Get rid of formaldehyde. This chemical is commonly found in plywood, grocery bags, foam insulation, fire retardants, waxed paper, pressed-wood products, adhesive binders in floor coverings, natural gas and cigarette smoke. Some plant options are Philodendron, Spider plant, Golden Pothos, Azalea, Bamboo Palm, Corn plant, Chrysanthemum and Mother-in-law's Tongue.

  • Get rid of trichloroethylene. Trichlorethylene is found in dry cleaning and metal degreasing cleaning products, inks, paints, varnishes, lacquers and adhesives. Some plant options are Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Dracaena marginata and warnecki.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is estimated, as a result of this research, that 15 to 20 of these test houseplants can purify the interior of a typical house of 1,800 square feet.
  • Photo Credit http://www.roseville.ca.us/images/EU/houseplant.jpg
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