We spend a lot of time indoors, so we need to maintain an ideal indoor humidity level to enjoy a healthy living. Damp spots, mold and rotting wood are signs the dreaded humidity is taking over your home. A moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and that environment can cause health problems for your family.
When experiencing excessive indoor humidity, we can experience numerous unwanted symptoms, including watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, itching, fatigue, congestion, dizziness and respiratory infections. One way to help cut down the humidity in your home is by keeping a few specific indoor plants. Here are 4 indoor plants that can help absorb that unwanted stickiness and mold hazard.
1. Peace Lily: The peace lily helps to reduce humidity levels as it absorbs moisture in the air through its leaves. It’s also easy to grow and requires very little sunlight to thrive. Take care that although peace lilies are not true members of the lily family, they are still mildly toxic to people and animals if consumed, so make sure to keep this plant out of the reach of children and animals just in case.
2. Spider Plant: The spider plant is another common houseplant that’s very easy to grow. It’s beautiful, with its long, arching leaves, but most importantly it’s said to remove as much as 90 percent of the toxins in the air in just two days, helping to absorb carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Because the leaves grow so quickly, these plants are very helpful for absorbing harmful substances like mold and other allergens and can help balance humidity levels too.
3. English Ivy: This plant can remove the airborne molds typically found in humid places, as well as formaldehyde, from the air. An advantage of English ivy is that it can be planted in a hanging pot and placed higher in the room, close to the ceiling, absorbing humidity that rises, and at the same time, you don’t have to worry about knocking it over.
4. Tillandsia: Tillandsia thrives best when they’re kept indoors in front of a sunny window to get lots of filtered sunlight. They can live off the moisture and nutrients in the air by absorbing them through their leaves, which means they’re also very effective as a natural humidifier. Just be sure to water it at least two to three times per week, as it still needs regular watering to thrive.