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Formaldehyde from tissues, carpets and furniture can cause asthma and other respiratory problems. Houseplants remove formaldehyde from the air.A spider plant placed in a small enclosed space can remove 96% of the carbon monoxide from the air. Carbon monoxide is the toxic gas found in car exhaust fumes.

NASA space research, inside airtight space habitats, showed ordinary houseplants had amazing capabilities in fighting air pollution. In its test, in addition to formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, houseplants absorbed benzene (found in car exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke) and trichloroethylene (TCE) or dry-cleaning fluid. The most effective, apart from spider plants, are palms including lady palm (Raphis excelsa) and parlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans), ficus, peace lily (Spathiphyllum), dragon tree (Dracaena); along with Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata), chrysanthemum and gerbera.

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>NASA Space Station Research – carbon monoxide removal by spider plants
> NASA Space Station Research – formaldehyde removal by plants.

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