Which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air?

10 times out of 10, the air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air allows pollutants to build up and stick to the things inside your home.

The items in your home emit some nasty toxic chemicals like formaldehyde for example. You can also be impacted by pollutants like pollen, bacteria, mold and various outdoor contaminants that find their way inside.

Fortunately, houseplants can help us solve some of these air quality issues. Even if you don’t’ have a green thumb, these houseplants are basically impossible to kill!


  1. Garden Mum

Garden MumThis plan was found by NASA to be a real air-purifying machine. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from your home’s air. It’s popular and inexpensive, plus they can be planted outside too.


  1. Spider Plant

Spider plants are incredible easy to grow, so if you’re a beginner, this is a great one to start with. It likes bright, indirect light and sends out shoots with flowers on them that will eventually grow into baby spider plants that you can plant and grow. Before too long, you’ll have more spider plants than you’ll know what to do with!

  1. Dracaena

DracaenaThere are over 40 kinds of dracaena plants, which makes it easy to find the right one for you. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. They are toxic to cats and dogs though, so if you have 4 legged children, this is not the plant for you!


  1. Ficus

Ficus trees are able to grow quite large depending on the type of pot you have them in. They typically stand between 2 and 10 feet tall and cleans the air around it. You can also keep it outside in the spring and summer. The ficus removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

  1. Peace Lily

Not only does the peace lily have beautiful flowers, but they are impossible to kill and have great air cleaning abilities. They flower through most of the summer and prefer shady spots with moist but not soggy soil. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

  1. Boston Fern

Boston FernThis plant likes cool locations with high humidity and indirect light. Bathrooms are a perfect spot for these little plants. They remove pollutants like xylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.


  1. Snake Plant/ Mother-in-law’s Tongue

These are found often in offices and restaurants. They are impossible to kill. They need water only occasionally and prefer drier conditions. They don’t need much direct sunlight either. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air.

  1. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo PalmBamboo Palms are most effective at filtering formaldehyde. They thrive in full sun and bright light. They grow as high as 12 feet, making them an impressive site inside. They remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.


  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe is a multi-use plant. It has health benefits when consumed in smaller amounts, helps relieve burns, and cleans your indoor air as well. It removes formaldehyde effectively from indoor air.


Lisa Southern Real Estate is located at 15 E. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601. If you or someone you know is looking to buy a home call us today at 919-800-0880 or visit our website to start your home search today!

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