Houseplants and Your Health: What You Need to Know

Take a closer look at common misconceptions about houseplants.

Houseplants and Your Health: What You Need to Know

By Diana Kelly Levey

You may have heard that certain houseplants can help clean the air in your home by purifying it and creating a cleaner environment in general. We spoke to horticulturist Will Creed, founder of and author of Don’t Repot That Plant! And Other Indoor Plant Care Mistakes, who’s been caring for and advising others on household plants for over 35 years. Today, we're going to clear up the common misconceptions about houseplants and heealth benefits once and for all.

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Will Certain Houseplants Clean the Air in Your Home?

You probably heard that having potted plants in your home can help improve the air quality and maybe even heard that plants are effective at removing pollutants from the air. I have seen dozens of articles that haves lists of the ‘10 Best Plants to Clean the Air,’ but I have a lot of difficulty with that,” said Creed. “These experiments were done in controlled lab environments that don’t duplicate the typical home environment, said Creed. Indoor plants do help filter the air and that’s a good enough reason to have houseplants if you enjoy them and are willing to care for them but they are not a cure-all for bad air.

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