House Plants and VOCs

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Houseplants help remove chemicals released into the air by paints, cleaners, glues and other products. The plants’ physiological processes help remove some volatile organic  compounds (VOCs) during the day, and tiny organisms in the soil remove VOCs when the plant is not as active at night.

Plants that remove the most VOCs: Purple waffle  plant, wax plant, asparagus fern, English ivy and the purple heart plant.

Source:  Bodie Pennisi, PhD, associate professor,  department of horticulture, University of Georgia, Griffin, and leader of a study that tested 28 common houseplants, published in HortScience.

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