House Plants That Help Fight Mold

When fighting mold, homeowners and experts often employ chemicals. There are some natural methods but when mold is already present in a home, it’s best to be 100% that you’re rid of it.

When it comes to preventing mold, its pretty great that there are other options to employ. As it turns out, plants are indeed our best friend! Plants provide us with a plethora of benefits. Humans have used plants for a variety of reasons like shelter and sustenance. Plants also provide us with the very air we breathe. Now, recent studies have proven that certain house plants are quite effective in keeping mold and spore growth at bay.

In case you’re wondering how plants do this, it goes like this. Plants start by absorbing toxins present in the air, process them into food and then finally, releasing clean air. These plants filter the air and make it cleaner. Here’s a few examples:

Snake Plant

Snake plants have demonstrated abilities for removing nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde and mold spores. Snake plates are especially effective because they thrive in high-mold areas like bathrooms.

Even though it is native to Western Africa, Sansevieria trifasciatahas risen in popularity over the last few decades and is now widely grown all over the world. It’s a great plant to have indoors, as it can endure low amounts of light at long durations. However, it prefers to have plenty of bright light. Just make sure you don’t water this plant too much, as it is likely to rot if the soil is too moist for too long.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily is one of the most efficient at removing airborne Volatile Organic Compounds, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. Another bonus of this (other than it’s so pretty) is it’s fairly easy to care for. You may simply put it in a dark corner, give it water once a week and this little plant will help purify the air around that general area.

It is to be noted that Peace Lily blossoms may have pollen so having a lot of this in your home may be bad for those with pollen allergies.

Devil’s Ivy

Don’t let the name scare you off. With its evergreen vines and small green heart-shaped leaves marbled with yellowish-white hues, this houseplant is commonly sold in decorative hanging baskets. It is best to keep Epipremnum aureum near a window or door, without direct sunlight shining down on it. The soil should be peaty with lots of moisture.

It’s one of the most popular houseplants not only because it looks good in your home, but also because it’s extremely easy to care for. The most important benefit of Epipremnum aureum is that it is quite efficient at cleansing the air of pollutants, such as benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde.

It is important to remember that this plant is toxic to animals if ingested. So this houseplant is best for those with no pets.

Weeping Fig

Most commonly known as a Weeping Fig or Ficus tree, Ficus benjamina is popular houseplant that is also very effective at purifying the air in any home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, the Weeping Fig was effective at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

This low-maintenance, evergreen plant grows well both inside and out the home. If you use it as a houseplant, place it in an area that has plenty of bright indirect natural light. If you place it directly in the sun, it’s possible that the leaves will burn. Water it frequently, but to avoid root rot allow the soil to dry before adding more water. This plant grows the best in higher temperatures, much like you would have in your home, as well as relative humidity levels above 55%.