Mold and condensation: houseplants that can prevent mold in the bathroom

Houseplants are not only good for decorating a room, but they are also great for lowering humidity in a home. The key is to choose the type of plants that are particularly good for certain areas and that don’t need constant attention.

However, you need to understand light requirements, soil requirements, and water requirements, especially when looking for plants for the bathroom. And of course, not all of these plants do best in a bathroom, but that is the room in the house that has the most humidity.

Gardening Express experts explained: “Mold in the home is caused by excess moisture. Warm rooms, like bathrooms, are especially at risk. Using plants to help keep mold at bay is a practical and natural way to control humidity in your home.

“How good a plant is at reducing humidity has to do with its ability to absorb dew, mist, and other moisture through its leaves. This moisture then goes down to its roots. The beauty of this natural solution is that you’ll notice an improvement while we have beautiful plants to enjoy as well.”

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english ivy

English ivy can remove airborne mold from damp spaces and is a great choice for smaller bathrooms.

Experts said it “grows best in bright, indirect light and needs regular watering,” but remember to keep it away from pets, as the leaves are toxic to them.

For this reason, English Ivy is excellent in a hanging pot or placed on top of a cabinet.

peace lily

A peace lily “loves shade and thrives in high humidity conditions, making it the perfect choice for mold-prone areas.”

The plant absorbs moisture from the air through its leaves and does not need direct sunlight to thrive; it can grow under fluorescent lighting.

They’re also great for those who suffer from allergies or asthma, and the plant produces beautiful flowers, but it’s also toxic to pets, so keep it out of reach.

snake plants

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant is a hardy and adaptable plant and one of the best for condensation or moisture.

The plant grows best in bright light and warm temperatures and is fairly low maintenance, requiring watering every week or two, making it a great starter plant for beginners.

The plant comes in a variety of leaf shapes and colors, many of which are reminiscent of snakeskin, and the leaves not only absorb excess moisture, but also filter out common household toxins.


Palm trees are said to be a “great choice to help control humidity and keep mold at bay” because they absorb moisture through their leaves.

There are several varieties of palms to choose from, but areca palms, bamboo palms, lady palms, dwarf date palms, and reed palms are best for condensation.

Other plants that enjoy moisture include orchids, Boston ferns, and spider plants.

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