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There are many articles floating around on the internet about what plants to grow inside your home to purify the air around you. I am sure you have seen them in your Facebook feed or your Pinterest roll up. What those articles don’t include is what plants you can use to purify the air in your home and are safe for your animals.
The plants usually mentioned in other articles are toxic to your cats and dogs and this is not usually specified when reading about them or purchasing them. If ingested, your animals can become severely ill. There is no preventing them from chewing on your plants either. Trust me, I’ve tried.
Do your pets a favor, and get non-toxic plants when growing indoor plants for cleaner air.
It is not just your house, it is their house too.
Spider plants are usually grown as indoor hanging plants, grow quickly, and it not necessarily a needy plant (meaning it will be ok if you forget about it from time to time). This popular household plant can help to decrease exposure to formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. This is good news because cats love hanging plants and if they can get their paws on them, they will chew on the leaves till their heart is content. So let your cat play with this one, it will do no harm!
Money plants help to reduce a number of toxins in the air to increase the overall air quality and purification. Among the toxins that money plants help to reduce are benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. They are particularly good for people with asthma, lung conditions, and people who are exposed to city smog.
Lilyturf increases oxygen levels to improve indoor (and outdoor) air quality. This plant helps remove ammonia, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from the air. Place lilyturf indoors near people who are exposed to cleaning products, paint fumes, car fumes, and factory or city smog. This plant can help in air purification thus providing a better living experience to those who experience common lung conditions including emphysema and asthma. Animals love to eat the flowers of lilyturf and can safely while helping the health of their owners!
Bamboo palms act as a natural humidifier in most indoor areas. They can also remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air for overall cleaner, healthier air. These are perfect for those who live in highly polluted areas such as close quarters to car fumes and gasoline.
Barberton daisies are another ideal houseplant for purifying the air and increasing the overall oxygen levels. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your home. These gorgeous daisies are best for those exposed to a variety fumes including car fumes, fuel fumes, and factory or large city smog. It also helps people who get exposure to heavy cleaning solvents. This is another flower your animal loves to chew on, and can safely. Along with all of these. 🙂
Boston ferns are said to be one of the best houseplants for air purification. It helps to remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. It is also said to act as a natural type of air humidifier. If you have any breathing conditions or are exposed to a large amount of gasoline and smog, this is the non-toxic plant for you and your pets!
If you recently did a paint job in or on your home, you might want to look into purchasing some moth orchids. Moth orchids are suitable for homes with exposure to paint fumes. They will increase purification as they remove xylene and toluene from the air. They are also great for homes exposed to factory or city smog, smoke and/or fumes.
Last but not least, Areca palms increase overall air purification and oxygen levels. It helps to remove toluene and xylene from the air, leaving it cleaner and healthier for you and your animals to breathe safely. If you experience asthma then this is the perfect and effective air purification plant to include in your home.
Your pets will thank you!