Who among us, at least once in our lives, has not had to deal with moisture problems in the home? This phenomenon, caused by various factors, can lead to a number of even serious problems, including the development of mold. One of the places in the house mold develops most quickly and easily is the bathroom, accomplice to a naturally higher moisture content than in other rooms in the house. It manifests itself as black or dark green dots at the corners of walls or ceilings or in shower cracks. Usually, when mold is very obvious and has spread over a fairly large area, professional help is needed to fix the problem. If, however, it is just emerging and is not very extensive, you can try to fight it by simply placing some plants in the bathroom! Well, yes! Many plants, in fact, have the ability to reduce moisture or eliminate certain harmful substances, the basis of mold development. Let’s find out together what they are.
Its elegance makes it, more than a plant, a real piece of furniture: this is the Mother-in-law’s Tongue, whose botanical name is Sansevieria. A houseplant par excellence, mother-in-law’s tongue adapts well to almost any room in the home. The bathroom, however, is the room where it is at its best: its long, large leaves, stretched upward like swords, have the ability to absorb water particles suspended in the air. They also reduce the presence of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and trichloroethylene in the air. The result? Less mold in just a few weeks!
Who says the fern is merely an ornamental plant? Sure, its beautiful, dense foliage creates a veritable spectacle of shades of green and playful shapes. But this plant has another rare and valuable feature: it loves moisture so much that it absorbs it and, in doing so, slows the growth of mold in the bathroom. In addition, this plant can also be grown in hanging pots, bringing it closer to the spots on the ceiling where mold is most prevalent.
Its heart-shaped leaves sprouting along elegant, sinuous fronds are a real gem of beauty! But pothos combines its pleasing appearance with high strength and good ability to reduce mold growth in bathrooms, especially those that are small and lack very large windows. Like mother-in-law’s tongue, pothos also absorbs xylene and formaldehyde, thus making the air purer.
About the beauty of this plant our words are superfluous, but those about its powerful anti-mold abilities are not. Credit to its basal leaves, famous for their deep green color, but also to its floral stem and flowers. Ideally, keep it on the windowsill of the bathroom window: you will see that it will reduce the presence of mold in the corners of the sashes.
Famous for the gel of a thousand uses contained in its leaves, aloe vera is a succulent plant that brings a touch of nature to any room, as well as being really simple to grow. This plant, whose appearance is truly unmistakable, absorbs many harmful substances in the air, making life difficult for the spores that generate mold growth. You can place it even in very large bathrooms.
Known as the spider plant and as the ribbon plant because of the curious shape of its leaves, the Phalangium is a small plant suitable even for those with very little gardening experience. Putting it in the bathroom can really make a difference if you have noticed some mold spreading in the room. You can keep it really anywhere, from the edge of the bathtub to the windowsill.
This wonderful climbing plant is usually grown outside where it does its best climbing along railings or walls. If you have a bathroom that is not excessively hot, however, you can keep it there as well: in addition to giving the room a unique look, ivy will fight mold growth caused by excessive moisture. It is also particularly effective against mold that develops on wall tiles.