5 Air Purifying Plants That Are Safe For Pets

5 Air Purifying Plants That Are Safe For PetsIf you don’t have asthma or a breathing condition, you may not be aware of your home’s indoor air quality. Whether you’re aware of it or not, it’s important to make sure your indoor air is healthy for you, your family and your pets. Invisible toxins and pollutants from your cleaning products, paints, car etc can build up in the air and cause a host of health issues. The good news is there’s something you can do about it. In addition to using more natural home products, you can add some air purifying plants to your home. Not only are they beautiful, but they can help naturally clean your indoor air and improve its quality.

Pets sometimes like to nibble on plants, so if you have any pets, it’s important to make sure they aren’t toxic to them.  Because I have indoor pets and know that many of our readers have indoor pets, the plants I included in this list are safe for cats and dogs.

Some common indoor air pollutants and their sources

  • Formaldehyde: some sources include insulation, unnatural cleaning products, fuel burning appliances with poor or no ventilation, smoking.
  • Toluene: found in gasoline.  Often found in homes that are in areas with large amounts of car traffic.  Source
  • Xylene: found in car exhaust.  Could potentially be found in homes near high traffic or homes with an attached garage
  • Benzene: comes from petroleum.  Can be found in insecticides, cigarette smoke, fuel, etc.  Source

Related: How To Quit Smoking Naturally Without Using Willpower

5 Air Purifying Plants That Are Safe For Pets

Boston Fern

Pollutants it can remove: formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene

Other facts: The most popular of the air purifying plants.  Great for people with asthma and for those who live in big cities with smog.  Needs to be kept moist, so most likely needs to be watered daily.  Can naturally humidify your home.

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Spider plant

Pollutants it can remove: formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene

Other facts: Easy to care for and maintain so great for beginners.  Another great plant for city dwellers.

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Money tree plant

Pollutants it can remove: formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, and benzene

Other facts: Great for asthmatics and city dwellers.  Can grow taller than 4 feet and has a unique braided trunk.  Has other names like the Mexican fortune tree and Pachira aquatica.

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Variegated wax plant

Pollutants it can remove: formaldehyde and benzene

Other facts: Easy to care for.  Good for people with lung conditions and people who live in cities with lots of smog.

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Bamboo Palm

Pollutants it can remove: formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene

Other facts:  Can grow very tall.  Great for those who live in areas with a lot of air pollution.

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A quick note for indoor cat owners:  If you put your potted plants on the floor (instead of hanging them) and if you have a cat that has started to use the pot and soil as a litter box, try adding some stones or small pine cones to the top of the soil.  Cats won’t try to use the bathroom on the soil if it has something rough on top if it.  Additionally, adding some lemon essential oils to it will keep them away from the soil as well.  Cats don’t like the smell of citrus but it won’t harm them.

Do you use air purifying plants in your home?  Have you noticed a difference in your indoor air quality?  Let us know in the comments below.

Please be aware: We are not medical professionals and this post is not intended to be professional medical advice. The information on this post and website are intended for informational purposes only. If you have any health concerns or concerns about possible allergies, please talk with your health care provider.

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