Stop mold and condensation in your home with Plant Experts £7.50
Given the heavy weather conditions caused by storms in the UK recently, it’s unlikely you’ve opened your windows much. Although this is the sensible thing to do, you may have noticed some mold growth.
Seeing black, wet mold spreading throughout your home can be an alarming ordeal, and one that many homeowners may try to avoid. Not only is it unsightly, but mold also poses significant health risks – especially for those with conditions like asthma.
Home improvement specialists Everest have revealed that people have searched for mold removal tips on social media more than five million times in the last 30 days alone. ITV Love Your Garden star and gardener David Domoney, who regularly appears on This Morning, says plants can help improve the air quality in your home and help stop the growth of mold.
Investing in certain plants can help reduce toxic mold that causes condensation, all without spending a lot of money, says the 60-year-old horticulturist and Everest ambassador.
Most plants release moisture into the air in a process called transpiration. While some plants have adapted to conserve water by reducing transpiration and can reduce humidity levels in their immediate vicinity, this in turn will help reduce condensation on your windows.
Condensation and moisture on windows and walls is not only unsightly, it encourages mold growth which can be even more dangerous to health. Therefore, it is important to maintain condensation to avoid mold.
“Toxins easily accumulate in our homes through the products we use in our daily lives, such as aerosols, fires, cleaning products and more,” David said. “Adding plants is a great change that will also have a positive impact on your life.” And general health, as it, together with microorganisms present in the soil, neutralizes some toxins and produces refreshing oxygen, which is great for the health of our respiratory system.
Here are the top five plants David suggests getting if you want to reduce or prevent mold in the home.
The peace lily is an elegant and beautiful plant that has many amazing benefits making it an ideal houseplant for maintaining ideal indoor humidity levels.
Native to tropical rainforests, the peace lily features lush, dark green leaves and elegant white accents that create a focal point in any room. The plant is known to help in purifying indoor air besides reducing humidity.
They thrive in moderate to high humidity environments, and their irrigation needs can be easily met by keeping the soil constantly moist without overwatering. Peace lilies are happy in low-light environments and can thrive under fluorescent lights.
If you needed another reason to love this plant, it can also be a friend to anyone with asthma or allergies, as it can extract harmful carbon dioxide from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, and ammonia. However, they can be toxic to your pet.
B&Q sells the plants online for £7.50.
Boston fern is another popular houseplant that is easy to maintain and loves moist conditions.
Most ferns are found in moist, shady environments such as forests, making them ideal for bathrooms and corners of the house that have little direct sunlight. The plant will turn yellow if it doesn’t get enough moisture in its leaves – just mist them with water if it doesn’t get enough moisture.
Place the plant in your bathroom near the shower or in a shady corner of the kitchen where it can easily absorb steam from cooking and hot water. Boston fern can also remove airborne toxic chemicals such as xylene and toluene.
Boston ferns can be purchased from B&Q for £36.99.
The hardy snake plant is known for its air-purifying qualities and ability to reduce humidity in the air.
The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is perfect for beginners because it is very easy to care for. You can forget about watering it for a few weeks and the plant will still bloom. You can also place the plant in rooms with high humidity or dryness.
Snake plant is ideal for the bedroom because it absorbs water vapor at night, which helps address water condensation on windows in the evening. The plant also removes carbon dioxide from the air during the night and produces oxygen needed for a good night’s sleep.
Snake plants can be purchased online from £14.99 via B&Q.
Aloe vera is known for its medicinal properties and is cultivated for the soothing acemannan gel found in the leaf. Many people use aloe vera gel to soothe burns, stings, and scratches.
It should be noted that although the gel is tolerable, aloe vera skin can be toxic, especially to pregnant women. However, the plant is safe for humans and pets.
When it comes to care, aloe vera is not as forgiving as other plants on this list; It prefers plenty of bright light and well-drained soil. So, place the plant on a bathroom or kitchen windowsill that gets a lot of light and this plant will help reduce excess humidity.
The plants are priced at £13.99 each at B&Q.
Spider plant, sometimes known as ribbon plant, is a widely popular houseplant that is a natural dehumidifier – an ideal plant for bathrooms or kitchens.
One feature of spider plants is that they are hyper-reproductive – little plants grow at the end of long branches (spider babies) and they can be separated and potted again as new plants. Completely low maintenance plants for beginners. You can place the plant in low light and direct sunlight where it will adapt.
Spider plants can be purchased from B&Q for £21.99.
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