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Common Houseplants Could Make Nail Salons Safer

In a new study, one kind of houseplant absorbed 94 percent of the acetone in the air.
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Plants can do some amazing things. Most recently, new research found some common house plants can absorb potentially harmful indoor pollutants.

The research for presentation at a meeting of the American Chemical Society looked at pollutants called volatile organic compounds, which can be found in paints, furniture, dry cleaning and acetone — the common ingredient in nail polish remover.

The lead researcher said, "Inhaling large amounts of VOCs can lead some people to develop sick building syndrome, which reduces productivity and can even cause dizziness, asthma or allergies."

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Researchers say all five houseplants studied could absorb acetone from the air, but the dracaena absorbed a remarkable 94 percent of the chemical in the experiment.

Next, the lead researcher wants to test the plants in nail salons to see if they can reduce acetone exposure for workers. 

The findings could eventually make way for plants to replace more expensive ventilation systems.

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