Grow some good air

Volatile organic compounds—those off-gassing, noxious little buggers floating in the air—are found in everything from paint to shower curtains to mattresses to vinyl floors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are the primary source of indoor air pollution. Exposure to them can cause short-term or long-term health effects, including asthma, brain, lung, liver and kidney damage and cancer. One way to reduce their presence in your home is to grow houseplants, which can help purify the air. Take your pick from ferns, spider plants, ficus, philodendrons, orchids or what have you. Your house will look better and be a healthier place to live.