High levels of humidity and heat can have the unpleasant result of mould. Due to the conditions, this is most likely to happen in the bathroom or maybe the kitchen.

Even when doing this, keep an eye out for mould as it can often creep into spaces that you may miss. Behind toilets or sinks are common spaces where mould is found.

The trailing foliage of this evergreen looks striking when positioned in a hanging basket where the leaves cascade out over the pot. It’ll grow happily with plenty of bright, indirect light with moist but well-drained soil. Water regularly, checking the top inch of soil and wait until it is dry to water again.

In terms of humidity, English ivy prefers medium to high humidity, meaning it will happily grow in a bathroom or kitchen.

Hedera helix is within the top houseplants for purifying air by filtering out toxic chemicals. From a controlled experiment, it was found that it reduced levels of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Not only this, but research has showed that it can help combat mould in the home.

Next is a houseplant that’s as tough as nails and is low-maintenance so won’t demand much from you. Their ease means they’re a great houseplant for beginners. They are incredibly tolerant in terms of their position, but prefer a sunny position. Snake plants are able to tolerate being in humid or dry rooms in the house.

Not only are they said to help prevent mould in the home, but they may help reduce the damaging health effects of trichloroethylene. This is a chemical compound found in cleaning products that cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. In addition to this, they also continue to remove carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during night-time.

There are a variety of palms that make fantastic houseplants. Among them is Dypsis lutescens (areca palm), Phoenix robelenii (dwarf date palm), Rhapis exelsa (broadleaf lady palm) and Chamaedorea elegans (parlour palm). They are great for controlling humidity levels and as mould preventatives. They do this by absorbing the excess moisture into their leaves.

Studies into air purification showed that palms help to rid formaldehyde and xylene from the atmosphere, making them a great addition to the home.

The structure of palms adds elegance to the space, whether in a dining room, living room, or adding some greenery to bathrooms. Due to their height, they can be a great houseplant to replace Christmas trees after the festive period is over.

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