5 Air Purifying Plants To Cleanse Your New York Apartment

Spring cleaning, updated home decorations and the joyous feelings of new beginnings ... means that it's finally almost Spring. But that also means, seasonal allergies, cleaning chemicals and increased levels of dust and bacteria around in your home- even after a massive clean.

Even when we clean, there are so many toxins lurking around our living space. New York especially has poorly ventilated spaces and even with open windows, outdoor air contaminants make their way into our space. 

PLANTS TO THE RESCUE

There are some amazing indoor plants that can help with air purification. In fact NASA recommends two or three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet. Not only are plants a healthy option for the home, they increase mood and productivity! If you're getting ready to SPRING INTO ACTION this season - some new plant babies can detoxify,  enhance the beauty of your space and give you a boost of inspiration. 

 

 

SPIDER PLANTS

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Also known as air plants, spider plants grow quickly and look great in hanging baskets, especially in your work space. Sometimes they even produce lovely white blossoms.

Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene

 

GOLDEN POTHOS

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Also known as devil’s ivy, this plant may be as close as plants can get to indestructible. It flourishes in a variety of conditions and can grow up to 8 feet long.  It’s also considered one of the most effective indoor air purifiers for removing common toxins.

Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more

PEACE LILY

 

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Easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer. Just be aware that those flowers (like all flowers) do contribute some pollen and floral scents to the air, so you may want to avoid having a room full of them. Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering.

Eliminates: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

SNAKE PLANTS

This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions and some sun.

Eliminates: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene

DRACAENA

There are more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants, making it easy to find one that’s a perfect fit for your home or office. They're common foliage plants with long, wide leaves that are often variegated with lines of white, cream, or red. 

Eliminates: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene

Rachel Beider