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  • We've said it before, and we'll say it again: houseplants are all-natural humidifiers. They can easily decontaminate the air in our homes and even rid it of volatile organic compounds, all while giving it a unique and invigorating touch. 

    To help you choose which green wonder can reduce airborne microbes in your sanctuary, we've rounded up some of the most potent ones that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) included in their latest Clean Air Study

    Bamboo Palm  


    Whether you're staying indoors or hanging out on your lanai, you can count on the Bamboo Palm to sweep the air of formaldehyde. It ranks third in the NASA Clean Air Study and has been said to be a powerful all-rounder in keeping the atmosphere clean. 

    The Bamboo Palm thrives best in moist soil and direct sunlight. Consider placing it near the window so it has room to grow. And don't forget to water it regularly!

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    Chinese Evergreen 


    Also known as Aglaonema Modestum, the Chinese Evergreen plant is known to emit high oxygen levels, making it a great option for those who suffer from asthma and allergies. It is said to rid the air of benzene and radical toxins, too. 

    Tip: The sap of the Chinese Evergreen is considered poisonous and a strong skin-irritant. Make sure to keep it out of reach of kids and pets. 

    Devil's Ivy


    Alternatively called Golden Pothos, Devil's Ivy has become one of the most popular green decor options among homeowners as it is very easy to maintain. Not only that, NASA Clean Air Study declared that it is quite efficient at cleansing the air of trichloroethylene and xylene which have been linked to headaches and eye irritations. 

    Tip: Like the Chinese Evergreen, the leaves of the Devil's Ivy can be toxic to pets when ingested. Keep it off their radar by placing it on high shelves and windowsills.  

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    Dwarf Date Palm 


    While it doesn’t rank as high on the NASA Clean Air Study chart like its other palm cousins, the Dwarf Date Palm is still a strong and effective purifier that lowers the concentration of chemical toxins that float around in enclosed spaces. 

    Tip: As it can look quite elegant when cared for, the Phoenix Roebelinii doubles as a nice accent piece. Incorporate it into your existing decor by placing it in a neutral planter.

    Weeping Fig


    Aside from Devil's Ivy, a lot of homeowners go for the Weeping Fig when looking for a decor option as it requires minimal care as well. Although it can be sensitive to changing conditions, the Ficus Benjamina can filter indoor air toxins anytime. 

    For a more topiary look, consider braiding its trunks with the help of a professional grower. 

    Sources:  NASA Clean Air Study, Life Hacker, and TopTipSpot


    This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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