How to Purify the Air in Your Office With Plants

How to Purify the Air in Your Home and Office

Believe it or not, it’s on record that the air inside your home (or office) is likely to be 7 times more polluted than outside air. It’s all about the things we bring (eg computers) and the chemical compounds used for cleaning and so forth.

But there is a simple way to bring clean, refreshing oxygen into your personal environment – and that is with plants. They remove carbon dioxide and other harmful substances from the air to help purify the air you’re breathing.

Some are better at it than others. And, it may amaze you to know that the champion of all oxygenators in the much reviled “mother-in-law’s-tongue”.

Dracaena trifasciata or Sansevieria converts carbon monoxide into extra oxygen more effectively than any other ‘indoor plant’.

It’s also known as the snake plant, Saint George’s sword and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names. Yep. It’s that poky green or green and yellow thing that pops up in all sorts of unhospitable places like car parks, public parklands and your garden.

Displayed with flair, it can actually have quite a sculptured effect and – even better –will flourish almost anywhere indoors.

You may also want to think about: Spathiphyllum or peace lily which is a beautiful plant that purifies the air.  There’s also aloe vera that removes chemicals from the air, with sap that can relieve burns and bites. Then, there are ferns that increase air humidity – a boon when the air in your home/office is dry due to higher heating in winter.

Ficus plants – often small trees that are members of the fig family will also remove chemicals from the atmosphere.

Plants provide such an easy and attractive way to make you feel better wherever you’re working.

If you’re unsure of how to care for these precious little helpers, you’ll find Bunnings and many nurseries publish tips on how to care for your indoor plants on their websites..