The Safest Plants to Keep in Your House

Houseplants are a great way to bring the outdoors into your home, add a decorative touch, and they can even offer health benefits like cleaning the air in your home.

Unfortunately, each year, thousands of children and pets are hospitalized or even killed by ingesting toxic houseplants. However, if you know what kind of plants to pick to keep in your home, you help protect your family – including four-legged members!

Here are four of the safest houseplants to keep in your home.

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

The Christmas cactus is a bright succulent that blooms between November and January so you can add some much-needed color to your home during the winter months. They’re considered safe not only for children but also for cats and dogs!

Boston Fern

Although ferns can be tricky to grow and maintain, experienced plant owners often choose Boston ferns as a safe indoor houseplant. The ASPCA states that they’re safe for cats and dogs, and they’re also considered safe for children.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Known for its excellent air-purifying qualities and its beautiful green “legs” that make it an ideal hanging plant. The ASPCA says its safe for dogs and cats, and it’s also safe for children.

African Violet (Saintpaulia)

African violets are worth the extra care they require to thrive: their beautiful color and vibrant blooms brighten any home! They’re regarded as safe for dogs and cats by the ASPCA, and they’re also considered safe for children.

Safety Tips

Even when plants are non-toxic, they can still cause skin reactions or stomach upset if they’re ingested. If your pets have a habit of getting into plants, it’s a good idea to store them up high where they can’t reach them.

While you’re at it, educate your children about plant safety and which plants can and can’t be touched. Always wash your hands after handling plants, and keep them in a safe location where they can’t be tipped over.