Indoor plants can brighten up every space! They are not only decorative but also purify the air. This is very important especially if you are renovating your home as paint (or even a new carpet) can release chemicals that pollute the indoor air. We recommend having at least 2 plants per 100 m3 of space. Having plants at your office can really give you a dose of zen and make your office restful. It is important to choose the right plants that have the ability to filter the air. Create a relaxing ambiance by having some of this 10 air purifying plants for your home & office:
1. Areca Palm
This is the no.1 air purifying plant! It has the highest NASA score for air filtering capability. Replace your electric humidifier with this gorgeous palm and you will get moist air and toxins-free home or office.
2. Peace Lilly
If you don’t have enough light in the room, Peace Lilly is the most suitable plant. All you have to do is water it on weakly basis and keep it out of the reach of pets as it is poisonous. Peace Lilly is a year round bloomer which makes it even more attractive. It removes carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes.
3. Red-edged Dracaena
For a sunny spot that you want to fill up choose this vibrant Dracaena. It has the ability to remove xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. It is low maintenance plant so it makes the perfect choice for your office. The Dracaena will start purifying the air at the moment you bring it into your space!
4. Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata, mother-in-law’s tongue or most commonly known as snake plant, this sharp leafed plant is one of the best for lowering carbon dioxide at night. Simply put it in your bedroom and get your oxygen boost while you sleep. It doesn’t need light and it is very easy to keep. Just a pre-caution – it is toxic to dogs and cats.
5. Golden Pothos
This is one of the easiest plants to grow and as it’s leaves grow in cascading wines it is perfect for your kitchen or living room as hanging plants. They are placed high on the NASA list of air purifying plants as they have the ability to remove formaldehyde from the air.
6. Aloe Vera
We all know the medicine use of this amazing succulent, but it also clears the air out of formaldehyde and benzene commonly found in chemical-based cleaners, paints etc. When there are too much chemicals in the air it’s leaves will start showing brown spots. It is easy to grow, just place it in a sunny spot like your kitchen window for example.
7. Pot Mum
Chrysanthemum , popular as Mum, is one of the few flowering plants that have purifying quality and this one has really strong one! It filters out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. Mums love the sun so you must place them near a window. Direct sunlight encourages the blooming of this bright, colorful plant. The only disadvantage – poisonous to pets.
8. Rubber Plant
Powerful air purifier and toxin eliminator, the rubber tree is the easiest indoor plant to grow. It can grow perfectly without any light and in cooler climates. We can easily say this is the plant that asks the least and gives the most. It is the fourth plant on the NASA list of air filtering plants.
9. Weeping Fig
Ficus Benjamina is another fig that has strong air filtering ability. It removes pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Opposite to the rubber tree, the weeping fig is a little trickier to maintain. Don’t worry though – once you find the right (sunny) place and the perfect watering regime you will have a healthy and beautiful indoor plant.
The beautiful Rhododendron is not famous just of it’s blooms but also of it’s ability to fight formaldehyde. Azaleas prefer cooler spaces so if you home or office are too hot try placing them in the brightest spot of your basement. Keep the soil moist and remove died flowers for a healthy and flowering azalea.