Growing up I had plants all over the house. I felt like I was living in a jungle. My mom definitely had a green thumb.

Me, not so much! I can successfully kill a cactus I am afraid. I heard time and time again how having all those plants were good for us. We had really clean air in my house thanks to them.

Is that true? Did I somehow have this magical place to breathe in all the good for me air that I needed?

A new article from the magazine "The Atlantic' says that the idea that houseplants purify the air is may have guessed it. Just a myth.

A lot of different experts were talked to and they all agreed that houseplants don't really clean the air in your home. Well not enough to make a difference.

It all came to be because trees clean the air outside, so why wouldn't it work on a smaller scale in your home?

If you filled every square inch of your home with plants, the air wouldn't be much better. Even if you did that, you would still have new air coming in from the outside.

So if you had a 10-foot by 10-foot room you would actually need about a thousand plants to achieve the same rate of turnover as the average ventilation system. So that is not really feasible. So get plants because you enjoy them. Everything will be great!


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