Indoor plants can combat indoor air pollution by boosting your air quality at home and office, effectively reducing eye, ear, nose and throat irritation, preventing/ easing coughing and congestion, lowering stress and boosting your attention span.


1. Chrysanthemum, also known as “කපුරු මල්”

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Display them in a cool spot with less than 10 hours of sunlight. These plants are toxic to pets if eaten, so keep them out of reach. These plants not only help brighten the room, they also help cleanse the air of many chemicals that are common in homes. These include formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.


2. Chlorophytum comosum, or the Spider Plant

The easiest air-purifying indoor plants to grow, especially in indirect sunlight, spider plants will send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants.

The Spider Plant produces oxygen whilst purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. Additionally, Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for pets and young children.

You can re-pot these newer plants whilst they are still attached to the mother plant, then once rooted in the new pot, they can be cut away from the original plant.


3. Dracaena, also known as “බෝතල් ගස්”

Dracaena is the most efficient planta at removing formaldehyde (used in pressed-wood products) from the air in your home.

There are more than 40 different kinds of Draceana plants of which you can choose the ideal plant for your home and office. Keep out of reach of your pet, as these are toxic to cats and dogs when consumed.

Draceana plants often grow to three feet tall so they require larger pots and more space and require to be misted, not watered.


4. Ficus/Weeping Fig, also known as “වලු නුග”

The ficus is a tree native to Sri Lanka. When it grows indoors, it can eventually reach 10 feet in height but is a low-maintenance plant that does well in indirect light.

Please note: this plant is poisonous to animals. If you have pets, especially dogs and cats, you may want to take extra precautions to make sure they do not ingest any part of this plant.


5. Peace Lily


Peace lily plants are relatively small and are ideal for smaller spaces. They do well in shady spots, as long as you keep the soil moist without overwatering it. If you are sensitive to pollen and floral scents, opt out of this plant as it does release pollen spores. Keep out of reach of children and pets, as they can be toxic if ingested.


6.    Snake Plant, also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”



The Snake Plant is one of the toughest domestic plants that are also beautiful to have around. Not only these plants remove toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene you can also let them be for weeks and they’ll still look fabulous.

According to NASA, it is one of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins, including formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene.


7.    Bamboo Palm


Palms thrive any amount of light and can reach heights of up to 12 feet. They can take up to 3 three years to fully grow.


8. Aloe Vera


This plant is easy to grow and generally needs minimum care, except for weekly watering. Aloe is great for health and skincare too as its pulp when cut open is chock-full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as is great for a burn remedy.

This succulent plant purifies the air of formaldehyde and benzene – two chemicals commonly found in household cleaning products – and has amazing healing properties too.


9. English Ivy, also known as “Hedera helix”

If you’re a fan of beautiful foliage and want to bring a bit of the outdoors inside, then English Ivy will make a wonderful plant for your office desk. It can grow long and lush, and it’s relatively easy to care for, provided you give it lots of sunlight.

English Ivy also helps reduce mold in your home.


10. Pothos Plant, also known as “Devil’s Ivy”


Suitable for low-light and artificial light office conditions. A hardy plant it fairs well on a shady desk/ cubicle.

It’s one of the most popular houseplants not only because it looks good in your home, but also because it’s extremely easy to care for. The most important benefit of Epipremnum aureum is that it is quite efficient at cleansing the air of pollutants, such as benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde.


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