Best Plants To Clean The Air In Your Work Space

Best Plants To Clean The Air In Your Work Space


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I’ve know since elementary school that plants can “clean” the air, photosynthesis and all that, and wouldn’t it be nice to transfer that benefit to our stuffy offices?  I love the idea of having a fresh, clean workspace but living on a dirt road makes that kind of hard to get. All that dust…ugh. I don’t know how it gets through the closed windows.

At least I can see the dust and clean it up. It’s the other stuff – what I can’t see – that has me wondering just how clean my work space is. I spend at least 4 hours in my make-shift office every day and I’m sure I’m breathing in a nice assortment of toxins.

Like the smelly new shelves I just put up. What is that smell, anyway…formaldehyde ? And the wool rug under my chair. Where do those teeny-tiny fibers go?

Thankfully, There’s an easy way to naturally clean and freshen up your work space: Live plants ! There are plenty of plants that can be considered house plants even though they naturally grow outside in certain environments.  Plants that purify air and can actually freshen-up your work environment with good, clean oxygen.  And what’s really cool is they’re easy to care for !  You got to love that. So let’s ditch the sprays and go natural.

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Best plants to clean air in work space

 

8 Easy Care Plants To Clean The Air In Your Work Space

 

#1  Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

iconIf you’re looking for a tropical vibe, this plant is a great care-free choice. It cleans a bunch of chemicals from the air, like those that cause that funky smell when you buy a new shower curtain liner or the by-smells of that inexpensive particle-board desk. Bamboo Palms are not toxic to humans or animals. One of my favorite plants that clean the air.

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#2  Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

iconAlso known as Calla Lily, this resilient and forgiving plant can get up to 3 feet tall showing off its big leaves and pretty white flowers. All this plant needs is dappled sunlight and consistent moisture. According to a NASA study, this plant helps clean ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and other nasty chemicals from the air.

plant alert: All parts of the Peace Lily have an irritating toxin that can be bothersome if eaten.

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#3  Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

iconI’ve seen Snake Plants all over the place in Florida, just growing alongside buildings. In my Michigan home, however, I have to grow this plant inside. Which is fine, because it is a cool looking, easy plant that removes a ton of dust particles.

Funny fact: Snake Plant is also called Mother-In-Law’s Tongue.  Maybe that’s why I think this is a real winner of a plant for better air, ha ha.

Plant alert: Can be toxic to pets. At the end of this article are some suggestions on how you can still have plants in your workspace.

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#4  Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant

Take a look at my 35 year old Spider Plant. Isn’t she a beauty ? This one was given to me from my mother-in-law and it’s till thriving…and cleaning my air. Growing in a corner that gets morning sun, I love how easy it is to care for. Spider Plants are not toxic and I consider them the best plants to purify air because they are so easy to care for.

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#5  Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

iconThe hardest thing to figure out about Jade Plants is when to water. Which really isn’t hard at all…give it a drink when the top ½ inch of soil feels dry. A warm, sunny windowsill is a good home for this plant. Because this waxy-leafed plant will collect a lot of dust (yaaa !), you should gently wipe the leaves with a damp paper towel every once in a while.

Plant alert: Can be toxic to pets. At the end of this article are some suggestions on how you can still have plants in your workspace.

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#6  Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)

iconYou know that Aloe Vera is a great remedy for burns, right ? Did you know they also help clean benzene and formaldehyde toxins out of the air? An all-around cool plant for better air in your work space, if I do say so myself.

Plant alert: Can be toxic to pets. At the end of this article are some suggestions on how you can still have plants in your workspace.

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#7  Cornstalk (Dracaena fragrans)

cornstalk plant

Sure resembles a cornstalk, doesn’t it ?  These big-leafed plants are great air purifiers, giving off clean oxygen through photosynthesis while cleaning the stank.

Plant alert: Can be toxic to pets. At the end of this article are some suggestions on how you can still have plants in your workspace.

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#8 Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos or Devil's Ivy plant

iconThis little devil is actually an air purifying angel. This study tells us it cleans out toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. Thank goodness, because they sound pretty nasty.

Plant alert: Can be toxic to pets. At the end of this article are some suggestions on how you can still have plants in your workspace.

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If You DO Have Pets…

I know, a lot of these plants are toxic to animals, but for the most part only if they ingest part of it. But let’s play it safe.

If you think your dog or cat will get into your plants, here are a few simple solutions:

  • Get several of the non-toxic plants and group them together. Bamboo Palms look great behind Spider Plants.
  • Put a few of one kind of the non-toxic plants in one corner, a few of another of the non-toxic plants in another corner. Displaying plants “en masse” fills empty space and looks pretty cool.
  • A windowsill or shelf is a good home for plants. Personally, I’ve never had a dog get up on these high plains. A cat, on the other hand…

I’ve always had plants in my work space – whether at my old “9-5” or in my home – and I can honestly say they do make a difference.  Not only did the air feel cleaner than other parts of the house, the overall atmosphere was brighter.

Easy care plants that purify air

 


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