So, if you are looking for some bathroom plant ideas to prevent and help get rid of existing mold and the like, you have come to the right place as these seven houseplants naturally absorb excess moisture in the air, similar to the best dehumidifiers. But admittedly they are not like Powerful as a good dehumidifier.
We’re very loyal to our dehumidifiers here. And if you’re wondering if you can use a dehumidifier in the bathroom, the answer is that you can as long as there is proper ventilation and air circulation. But adding some moisture-absorbing plants will not only be an aesthetic feature in your bathroom, but in conjunction with a bathroom fan, opening windows regularly and using a dehumidifier, it’s a winning combination to combat nasty mould, condensation and dampness.
The best bathroom plants that absorb moisture
If you’re looking for ways to get rid of mold or moisture in your bathroom (or just prevent it from getting there in the first place), investing in houseplants that absorb moisture could be the perfect solution.
“Incorporating moisture-absorbing plants, such as ferns or peace lilies, into your bathroom can actually help reduce moisture-related issues very effectively,” says Petar Ivanov, plant and gardening expert at Fantastic Gardeners. However, it will be very important to balance your watering to ensure they do not become saturated. In addition, you will also need to provide proper ventilation, which will continue to be equally important to prevent moisture-related problems. The most effective strategy will be to combine these plants with good preventive practices.
These are the 7 best bathroom plants for absorbing moisture along with the best places to buy them online.
Petar Ivanov is one of the company’s top performers and manages over six teams of gardeners, delivering stunning landscape results and fostering a deep connection with nature through his work.
1. Spider plant
Named after the resemblance to their long, curved leaves that all grow from the center to a spider’s legs, spider plants are among the most popular houseplants. But did you know that they make the perfect addition to your bathroom?
“As well as their ability to absorb moisture, spider plants help improve air quality and are incredibly tolerant of high humidity levels,” says LeisureBench gardening expert Steve Shelton.
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2. Boston fern
Often seen in many stylish bathroom photos on Instagram, Boston ferns are bushy tropical plants that are happy to drink up the extra moisture in your bathroom and look great while doing so.
“This beautiful, elegant tropical plant is not only visually appealing, it is also great at reducing humidity and placing it in the bathroom can significantly reduce humidity levels,” says Petar.
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3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of those houseplants that is almost impossible to kill. They also happen to be great at absorbing moisture from the air and thrive in humid environments.
“These plants do a good job of absorbing excess moisture, and they also have medicinal properties,” explains Steve.
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4. Peace lily
“The peace lily is known for its beautiful white flowers but it is also powerful at improving air quality and reducing humidity levels by absorbing moisture through its leaves. Placing it in the bathroom can contribute significantly to creating a healthier and more enjoyable space,” advises Petar.
With its air quality improvement skills, this beauty is also great at removing mold spores from the air. What’s not to like?
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5. English Ivy
Similar to the peace lily, English ivy, a country staple, also has air-purifying qualities.
English ivy is a great anti-pollution, and really helps purify the air. “It also helps remove mold spores and enjoys living in damp/humid conditions in general,” says Steve.
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If you’re looking for a larger plant to add to your bathroom, bamboo is the perfect candidate.
“Bamboo generally helps control humidity levels, and grows successfully and quickly in a moist, humid environment,” Steve recommends.
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Tillandsia, also known as the air plant, is a unique plant that thrives in bathrooms more than anywhere else in the home.
“It’s a botanical curiosity because it actually doesn’t require soil to grow. It absorbs moisture from the air through its leaves and is a great choice even for people who aren’t good with plants,” Petar explains.
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Steve is a passionate and knowledgeable garden expert with many years experience in the field. As Director of LeisureBench, a leading manufacturer of garden furniture, Steve has gained a strong expertise in all things nature and plants.
What can I use to absorb moisture in my bathroom?
There are several ways you can get rid of moisture in your bathroom. A dehumidifier is a great option as houseplants naturally absorb moisture. But both must also be accompanied by regular preventive measures against the development of dampness, mold and condensation.
“I highly recommend having these plants along with common dehumidification practices such as: opening windows and ensuring proper ventilation, running the bathroom fan, and turning down the shower temperature,” says Steve.
What plant absorbs mold spores?
English ivy and peace lily are some of the best plants you can invest in to purify the air in your home and get rid of mold spores.
“English ivy is known for its elegant vines and leaves, but few people know that it is also great for reducing humidity and the risk of mold growth,” says Petar.
“Peace lilies live well in humid environments such as bathrooms,” Steve continues, “and are known for their ability to remove toxins such as mold spores from the air.”
We are now filling our bathrooms with some beautiful plants to hopefully absorb all the excess moisture in the air.