July 13, 2022

Purify your workplace air … with plants!

If you recall from your 8th grade science class, plants use photosynthesis to convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen. But did you know plants can also remove toxins from the air we breathe?

In 1989, NASA conducted an experiment and found that indoor plants actually scrub the air of cancer-causing compounds like formaldehyde and benzene. They also determined that microorganisms in the soil of potted plants also contribute to cleaner indoor air.

That said, if you have plants around your workspace, they’re actually acting like natural air purifiers. The bigger and leafier the plant, the better. And don’t worry about blanketing your space like a wall-to-wall jungle. Even having two plants per 100 square feet will help you reap the benefits.

Some of the best plants to de-toxify your air are:

English Ivy. It can be a bit fussy because it grows best in a moist environment, but it rids the air of a lot of bad stuff.

Peace Lily. It’s actually hard to kill this plant as it enjoys medium to low light and is very drought tolerant. In fact, when it starts to droop, it’s telling you it needs a drink.

Weeping Fig (Ficus). This might be one of the most popular indoor trees. It needs indirect light and prefers drier soil.

Spider Plant. Another very easy-to-grow plant. This air purifier makes a nice hanging plant for a drab corner of a room.

There you have it. Imagine a one-two punch of Kleenrite and plants. Your surfaces will be clean. Your air will be clean. And everyone lives happily ever after.