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Indoor pollution is a bigger problem than most of us realize. We spend 90% of our time indoors, where the concentration of pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. It’s even worse during winter when we keep our windows shut.

Indoor pollution comes from carbon emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from furniture, personal care products, pesticides, adhesives, and cleaning agents. Exposure to such chemicals can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, asthma flare-ups, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and an increased risk of cancer.

The good news is that there are simple strategies that can improve your air quality. Air purifying plants are one of the most effective ways to keep your air fresh. Not only are they good for your health, but they’re also a great way to liven up your space!

Here’s a roundup of our top 5 air purifying plants.

1. Snake plant

The snake plant (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue) is a succulent plant with striking long blade-shaped leaves that can grow up to six feet tall. While most plants release carbon dioxide at night, the snake plant continues to produce oxygen during the night. It’s also highly resilient, which makes it perfect for beginners.

2. Peace lily

If you love flowers, then the peace lily will be a delightful addition to your home or office. This tropical beauty has lush, glossy green leaves, and its creamy white flowers bloom throughout the year! If you have pets, keep in mind that peace lilies can be mildly toxic to cats and dogs.

3. Red-edged dracaena

This is another great choice for beginner gardeners. The red-edged dracaena is an evergreen plant with spiky red-edged leaves that can grow up to 8 to 15 feet tall. It’s easy to take care of and can thrive anywhere from a dimly lit office to the ledge of a window.

4. Cornstalk dracaena

Cornstalk dracaena is a popular home and office plant. It has distinct yellow-striped foliage that will add a pop of color to your space. Cornstalk dracaena does well with low light and doesn’t require frequent watering.

5. Bamboo palm

If you have enough room, try the bamboo palm (can reach 6 or 7 feet). It’s a low maintenance plant with fluffy leaves that can add a tropical feel to your space. Keep your bamboo palm from direct sunlight and plant it in well-drained soils.

Now that you’ve discovered amazing indoor plants that can keep your air toxin free, it’s time to think about other ways you can keep your home and office clean year-round.

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