We put plants outside and inside (in our living room, in our kitchen and sometimes even in our bedroom). But strangely enough, it never occurs to us to add that little bit of greenery in the bathroom. It is however the place which would gain the most by welcoming a little greenery to cleanse these places gained by moisture, moulds and emanations of various products.
The plants indeed allow to clean the air thanks to the phenomenon of bio-purification. Thus, they absorb or transform the toxins of chemical elements and then destroy them. Here are two plants to install in your bathroom or shower room! Nature is not only decorative and the houseplant has many unsuspected virtues…
1) Moonflowers (Spathiphyllum)
If you’re looking for the best plant to absorb the volatile compounds of such harmful products as nail polish, nail polish remover or hairspray, this is the one for you. Not only do moonflowers delight the eye with their pretty white flowers that bloom all year round, they will absorb all chemical vapors! In addition to purifying the indoor air, it is also very easy to maintain. This makes it one of the best little potted plants for those who don’t have a green thumb.
2) The ivy
Of course, it’s not only the chemicals that worry us, the fungi that populate this humid area are also enough to make us shudder. But they are not the only ones to like humid atmospheres, ivy also finds their place and takes advantage of it to absorb the mold spores that are hidden in the air up to 60%. And for an extraordinary efficiency against formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, you could add to them acolytes: the sansevière and the pothos!
Advice for indoor plants in the bathroom:
Of course, it’s always best to have windows in this room. Not only will this allow the bathroom to be aired out, but it will also keep the plants healthy, as they generally need light. And for more efficiency, put the pots towards this window without direct sunlight though. This will promote photosynthesis. Also, dust the leaves of the green plants well.
Also, combine different plants to make it work better if the available space allows it.
Take care of the maintenance by respecting the needs of each plant and by using natural fertilizers (coffee grounds, egg shells…). Be sure to keep the soil moist, but without stagnant water.