10 Pet Safe Houseplants for Improving Air Quality


One of the best things we can do is add some plants into our home because they are proven to improve air quality by absorbing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene.

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Hi! I’ve compiled a list of 10 hard-to-kill, pet-safe, air-purifying plants.

It’s no secret that we’re all breathing in way too much bad stuff from our environment these days. To combat this, one of the best things we can do is add some plants into our home or office space because they are proven to improve air quality by absorbing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. But not all plants are created equal – here’s a list of ten safe options for pet owners!

Did you know that not all plants are hard to take care of? The majority of my friends are intimidated by plants and claim to have a “brown thumb” or cannot commit to taking care of one more thing in their home. Still, honestly, there are so many easy-to-take care of air-purifying plants that are virtually un-killable and are pet-safe!

Did you know that common household furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, pet dander, dust, mold, and daily cleaning products can emit various toxic compounds? Thanks to the NASA Clean Air Study, we now know that common indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehydeand trichloroethylene and indoor air pollution in your home!

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10 Pet Safe Houseplants for Improving Air Quality

If you’re looking for a way to improve the air quality in your home, you should consider investing in some houseplants. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but many plants also have the ability to clean and purify the air. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 plants that are perfect for purifying the air in your home!


1) Areca Palm

The Areca Palm, also known as the Butterfly Palm, is native to Madagascar and can get quite large even indoors, topping out at a whopping 6-8 feet tall. They require bright, indirect light, so placing your new Areca Palm just inside the window is perfect. The soil should be wet but not overly wet, so watering the Areca infrequently works best. Toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and others stand no chance with this tropical plant in your home.


2) Moth Orchids

Orchids are commonly believed to be difficult to care for. However, this belief is more superstition than fact. Providing moderate to low sunlight and weekly watering for the Moth Orchid will reward you and your home with blooms that last much of the year and can range in color from white to blues and purples. However, after buying an orchid, it’s key to make sure that the roots have plenty of space to breathe since they naturally have exposed root systems. Re-pot your orchid using a moss mixture that drains easily and water only when the soil is no longer moist.


3) Bamboo Palm (Parlor Palm)

If plenty of sunlight doesn’t make its way into your home, the Bamboo Palm may be for you. Bamboo Palms can grow from 4 to 12 feet tall and have a width of 3 to 5 feet. They boast stiff stems and dark green leaves and only need to be watered when the soil’s top feels dry. This lovely indoor plant is also well known for improving air quality as it removed both benzene and trichloroethylene from indoor spaces.


4) Purple Waffle Plant

The purple leaves of the Purple Waffle Plant are sure to cheer you up year-round. This is yet another plant that prefers indirect sunlight since its leaves can easily be scorched or lose their metallic sheen when left in direct sunlight. It’s also effortless to tell when to water this house plant. If you stick your finger directly into the soil only to find that it’s dry, you know that it’s time to water this cascading purple plant. Be sure to keep loads of humidity around the Purple Waffle Plant; you can even use a pebble tray like the Money Tree.


5) Barberton Daisy

The Barberton daisy, also known as the Gerber daisy, requires loads of bright sunlight but rewards anyone who chooses to grow them with large flowers in brilliant shades of red, yellow, pink, or orange throughout the year. Their blooms typically last from 4 to 6 weeks and need to be removed once wilting begins. Barberton daisies filter toxins out of the air and any other plant on this list and prefer sandy soil that drains easily and frequent watering.


6) Boston Fern

This bushy plant will grow to fit any size pot your throw it in and thrive with indirect sunlight and moist soil. With hanging fronds that love to droop, the Boston Fern has a natural grace dripping off a bookshelf or hanging in a pot. While ferns do not flower, they produce spores, which can look a bit frightening at first glance. However, there is no cause for worry as it’s just the plant’s way of attempting to procreate.


7) Money Tree

If you’d like to have plants in your home that have ancient symbolism, get a money tree. The braided trunk of a Money Tree is believed to bring financial success and good luck, but that’s not all this non-toxic potted plant is good for. Making this plant home in your bathroom is ideal as they need bright, indirect light and loads of humidity. However, not everyone has a window in their bathroom, so making a humidity tray for your Money Tree out of pebbles covered in water and setting the plant on top in a pot that drains well may be an ideal solution. Be sure your Money Tree has sandy soil as well to ensure a long lifespan.


8) Orchid

Although they are considered a high-maintenance plant they are really quite hardy! They’re effective at removing xylene from the air and releasing oxygen at night, making them a good bedroom plant that is non-toxic for pets!

purple orchid flowers

9) Wax Plant

The Wax Plant will grace your home with beautiful white or purplish-pink flowers. They thrive in indirect sunlight, so some shade is perfect for this potted vine plant. Watering this plant is a cinch since you can let the soil dry out between watering sessions. These hearty plants won’t miss you too much if you forget to water them and make a wonderful addition to any home.


10) Spider Plant

While you may get the creepy crawlies just reading the name, the Spider Plant is actually a unique indoor plant with its long green leaves accented by a white stripe down the center. If you don’t have a green thumb, this hearty variety may be for you. These plants aren’t particular when it comes to light but prefer a bit more shade than the others. They tend to drink up plenty of water during the summer months and nearly parch themselves during the winter. If you treat the Spider Plant nicely, you just might be rewarded with little beautiful white flowers.

spider houseplants

If placed within your home, any of the plants on this list will improve overall air quality and add brightness and beauty. No matter if you love flowers or are just looking to add a touch of greenery to your home, there is something for everyone, AND they are all easy to take care of!

If you want to find out if a particular plant is safe, the ASPCA has a great online database you can search through with plenty of pet-safe options.

Common FAQS

How do plants clean the air?

Plants clean the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. In addition, they also remove harmful toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde and benzene. By having plants in your home, you can improve the air quality and help to protect yourself from harmful pollutants.

What do I do if my dog eats a poisonous plant?

If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested a houseplant, get help immediately. Immediate treatment can save your dog’s life.

Call your veterinarian for advice ASAP. They may recommend that you induce vomiting, give your dog water or milk to drink, take a wait-and-see approach, or bring your puppy to them immediately for treatment.

Never induce vomiting or give your pet any kind of treatment unless advised to do so by your veterinarian. Making the pet vomit the incorrect poisonous plant or providing the wrong “antidote” might make an already bad scenario worse.

What should I do if my child eats a poisonous plant?

If you suspect your child has ingested a poisonous houseplant, get help immediately.

Call Poison Control or go to the Emergency Room right away for advice and treatment of poisonous plants ingestion in children.

Be prepared with this information when calling:

  • Your child’s age
  • The amount eaten (if known)
  • What he/she was doing at the time of ingestion
  • The current symptoms your child is showing

What happens if a dog eats a toxic plant?

Dogs who have ingested a hazardous plant may show symptoms such as nervousness, muscular tremors, profuse sweating, seizures, disability, breathing difficulties, increased heart rate, stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, and coma.

Does my pet insurance cover poisonous plants ingestion for my cat or dog?

Pet insurance plans generally do not cover poisonous plant ingestion, although some do. Check with your pet’s insurer to see whether they have this coverage.

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