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Photo: DimaBerlin (Shutterstock) While much has been written about plants being able to purify the air from harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and volatile organic compounds (based on an oft-cited 1989 NASA study), that study has also been debunked as having no significant correlation to the air quality of your home (for one, it was conducted in two foot by two foot sealed chambers). While plants may not rid your home of VOCs, they will add oxygen, potentially reduce stress , and decrease airborne dust by drawing the particles to their surfaces. According to blogger and horticulturist Toni Colgrove , “Houseplants do remove dust particles from the air by means of trapping them on the surface of their leaves. Plants that have crinkled and/or hairy leaves remove more dust than smooth or strappy leaves. Some of the effects are because the leaves slow down the air movement…Some…are due to crinkled or hairy leaves physically filtering dust from the air as it moves across the surface of the leaf.” The top dust-collecting plants It could be said that all plants are dust collectors, and honestly, we couldn’t argue that point. However, certain plants are ideal for this job, as they provide more surface area on which to trap dust. Now, will they absorb that dust through some amazing scientific process? Unfortunately, no. You’ll still need to dust them occasionally , to make sure they get enough light to photosynthesize properly, and you know, stay alive. But here for your breathing […]