Plants add a bright and warming touch to our homes. Their release of oxygen is a luxury in poorly ventilated buildings, allowing us to breathe easier. Certain plants even act as natural air purifiers, as proven by a famous NASA study in 1989. However, many plants listed as air-purifying can be toxic for the pets we have at home. For the relief of pet owners who are interested in buying plants as indoor air purifiers, we have compiled a list of five powerfully purifying plants that are safe for your furry family members.
1. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
These bright and beautiful flowers filter benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene particles from the air. Coming in multiple colors like pink and orange, they are relatively easy to care for as long as they have proper sunlight.
2. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)
This multilayered green plant grows in clusters and helps defend you and your pets against xylene, formaldehyde, and ammonia particles. Lady palms grow slowly and adapt to many different types of soil.
3. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifritzii)
This dark green palm thrives in a variety of conditions, making it a great indoor plant. The bamboo palm can filter out benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your home.
4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
This house plant lives up to its name with leaves resembling spider legs. They are undemanding in terms of care, making them perfect for beginning green thumbs. Spider plants draw formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
5. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)
With feathery leaves and a vibrant green color, these plants are popular indoors. Requiring frequent watering and indirect sunlight, these plants may need a little more attention, but are the most efficient at removing formaldehyde from the air.
Adding a few of these plants to your home can provide cleaner air for both you and your pets. However, to secure fully purified air in your home, you can combine the power of plants with a pet-approved true HEPA air purifier. Levoit’s Core P350 True HEPA Air Purifier is made specially for pet-owners to filter pet dander, airborne bacteria, loose fur, and unpleasant odors all in one compact, long-lasting machine. With Americans spending most of their time indoors, and pets sometimes indoors even longer, it's important to look toward solutions to indoor air pollution. Cleaning up these invisible threats to our health can provide relief to those with allergies while preventing serious health issues, allowing you and your family to breathe clean air confidently.