It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s an Air Cleaning Plant! A “superhero” was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal this past week. Is it a man? No, it’s a plant! That’s right research done decades ago by NASA found that certain house plants can actually “clean the air” of pollutants and dust. A growing amount of plant researchers are identifying various plants that will remove pollutants from your home or place of business.

Okay, here are the “superheroes”: peace lily, English ivy, weeping fig, devil’s ivy, flamingo flower and mother-in-laws tongue. It is estimated that the average size home will benefit from between 6-12 plants.

In the case of those with allergic diseases and asthma, it is essential to strive to improve indoor air quality, especially in the home. We are continually bombarded with a variety of exposures at any given time, at home, including scented and air fresheners, incense, candles, potpourri, and a myriad of aerosol based cleaning products.

Now in addition to HEPA air filtration of the air [both central and room air purifiers] one can reach out to mother nature and bring some of these “superheroes” into the home to improve indoor air quality.