Let's clear the air in the office—literally

Snake plant (Sansevieria)

While I’ve recently kicked my outdoor urban gardening into high gear, I’ve always had lots of houseplants in my home and office. I recall my mom telling me long ago that plants clean the air—and by gosh, she was right. Whether we realize it or not, our offices can harbor loads of air pollutants and irritants, such as laser toner dust, carpeting and dry cleaning chemical residue, and recirculated air. But our houseplant friends are here to save the day, helping to remove common air toxins—all while making your workspace more cheerful and inviting. But don’t just take my (and my mom’s) word for it, read about a study from NASA on how houseplants help clean indoor air. Then go out and hit your local nursery.

Top air clearing plants:

  • Spider Plant
  • Philodendron
  • Peace Lily
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Janet Craig (Corn Plant)
  • Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Snake Plant)
  • Gerber daisy
  • English ivy
Most of these plants are easy to grow in an office, with some needing little or no light (great for a windowless cubicle). Read how to choose and care for houseplants.