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We're in the process of moving...DH has painted and re-finished the floors (water-based, but still!). So the house is a bit stinky, in that bad chemical way. What are the best house plants to clean/purify indoor air? I'm hoping to buy some (well, okay, a lot of) plants tomorrow and I know you ladies probably have the answers I'm looking for! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Spider plants are good for some type of pollution which at the moment escapes me. Something in chipboard anyway.<br><br>
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I don't know about their air purifying abilitites, but I have trouble keeping most plants alive. Except Pothos, peace lilies, and zygo cactuses (christmas cactus).<br><br>
Also, if you have small kids, check to make sure they aren't poisonous first.<br>
I noticed peace lily and pothos are on that list. My ds is 4.5 now, so I don't have to worry about him eating plants. I used to keep them up high when he was toddling.<br><a href="http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/html/Poisonous_Plants.htm" target="_blank">http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/...ous_Plants.htm</a>
 

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It's my understanding that you have to eat a lot of peace lily for it to actually act as poison, but I could be wrong.<br><br>
I have plants for air quality (and as a seasonal depression aid) in both my home and office. I think they all help somewhat. Spider plants are great because they grow fast and easily, as do peace lilys, various types of ivy, and phylodendrons (sp?). Basically anything that is breathing your air should help, so the more the merrier.
 

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Do a Google search for "NASA houseplant study" and you'll get some links to great information. They've done research as to what types of plants get rid of what types of chemicals, as well as how many you need for your square footage.<br><br>
Like PPs have said, pothos and ivy are very good, some ferns, most dracena...
 

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Valkyrie9,<br>
Thanks, that is exactly what I've been looking for! I just couldn't figure out the search terms that would get the returns I needed!
 

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One of the people involved in that NASA study in the late 80s also wrote a book that I just got from the library: <a href="http://www.powells.com/biblio/0140262431?&PID=26121" target="_blank">How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office</a>. It looks good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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