B&Q house plant costing just £6 helps to prevent mold growing in your home


Peace Lily plants, which have been recommended by a cleaning expert as effective mold repellents, are available from DIY chain B&Q and cost just £6 for your home

Some plants can significantly reduce the risk of mold in the home

An air-purifying house plant that looks good in your home and will help keep it free of mold is available for just £6 from a high street store.

Peace Lily plants, which have been recommended by a cleaning expert as effective mold repellents, are available from DIY chain B&Q.

The room most prone to becoming moldy is your bathroom – quite obviously because that’s where you’ll get the most moisture after a bath or shower.

If your bathroom doesn’t have windows, it’s at extra risk of mold due to the lack of ventilation.

According to checktrade it can cost as much as £900 to get mold removed from an entire home.

But what you may not realize, is that there are some plants which can significantly reduce the risk of mold.







The Peace Lily is for sale from B&Q for just £6
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Cleaning expert Kerry Hale from Mira Showers told The Express : “Because the bathroom is often the most humid room in the house, mold and mildew is a common problem that many – if not all of us – have experienced at some point, mainly caused by lingering moisture, leaky taps, and damp cellulose materials .

“There are a few simple ways that you can prevent mold from appearing though.”

Peace Lily plants are purifying, and don’t need much sunlight to survive – making them a great choice for bathrooms without windows.

Other plants that can help banish mold are:

English Ivy

The English Ivy, which can remove airborne mold from humid spaces, is a great choice for smaller bathrooms. It can be placed in a hanging pot or on top of a cabinet.

boston fern

This is a great option for humid bathrooms, as it is a plant that thrives in indirect sunlight and moist soil.

Reed Palms

Reed Palms can keep humidity at bay in the bathroom by absorbing moisture through their leaves. They can survive in low light, so they are perfect for keeping inside the home.

tillandsia

Tillandsia is more convenient for those bathrooms with windows as they thrive in filtered sunlight and absorb moisture through their leaves. The damp-eating plants absorb moisture through their leaves, so they’re great for combatting persistent humidity problems in the home.

Kerry explained: “Purifying plants can be effective in lowering the humidity in the air, helping break down existing mold and preventing more from developing – English Ivy, Peace Lily, Boston Fern are some nice choices, and Tillandsia can be great too if you have a bright window.”

As well as buying purifying plants, there are other ways you can help to reduce the chance of mold.

Open the window after a shower

Opening the window after having a shower will allow any excess moisture in the air to disperse naturally. Good ventilation reduces the chance of condensation settling on the wall and ceiling.

If there are no windows in the bathroom, a ventilator fan or dehumidifier could be a good addition in order to get rid of the excess humidity.

Kerry said: “If you have a window in your bathroom, opening it straight after you’ve showered will allow excess moisture in the air to disperse naturally and reduce condensation settling on the walls, ceilings and around the windows.”

Wipe around the shower

To help stop mold from setting into the shower, wipe down the whole area, including shower trays and wall panels, to remove any excess condensation.

Kerry commented: “If you don’t have a window, wiping around the shower will help remove the excess condensation that could turn into mould.”

Stick to a regular cleaning routine

Another important tip is to stick to a cleaning routine as a clean and dry bathroom is less prone to mold.

Washing the towels and bathmats regularly, and hanging wet towels and bathmats in dry, well-ventilated areas also helps prevent mold.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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