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7 Plants That Help Remove Mold From Your Home

As the outdoor gardening season comes to an end, you may be thinking about what house plants you can grow inside? Choosing blooms that help clean the air, get rid of dampness, and remove mold is the way to go! There are many plants to choose from with easy-care instructions.

Mold is a form of fungi and if left undetected, it is not only harmful to you, but also for your pets.

English Ivy

Front view of english ivy plant pot in wooden house frame on table with black and white stripe table cloth.
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Just in time for Christmas, English Ivy is the perfect stately plant for your home. This vines leaves have three to five-shaped lobes with variegated colors. They adore bright, but not direct sunlight and tolerates room temperatures between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is a great filter of air toxins and gets rid of 78 percent of airborne mold in twelve hours! This plant helps fight common mold that presents as green and black spots found in moist corners of homes.

Ivy is also particularly good for allergy sufferers as it removes toxins from the air. This is also a good choice of plant for removing formaldehyde or benzene. It’s one of the most successful varieties at this household task.

Peace Lily

Tall Peace Lily
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This exceptionally beautiful plant is easy to grow and thrives in temperatures of between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in indirect sunlight, and water regularly to keep the soil moist.

The peace lily loves humidity and can easily absorb mold spores by using them at the root level as as food source. It also improves your air quality by 60 percent.

The plant is exceptional at deteriorating and neutralizing toxins like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

Areca Palm

Small Areca Palm
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The Areca palm originally from Madagascar, adds a nice tropical flare to your home. It can grow up to 8 feet tall, so make sure you have the space for this potential giant. This palm does well with full to partial sun exposure.

The areca absorbs and releases moisture into the air, so it can help if you live in a dry place with little humidity. More importantly, it rids your air of benzene and turns carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Note: This plant is safe to have around your cats and dogs!

Boston Fern

Shady Boston Fern
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Boston ferns like high humidity levels, moist soil, and indirect light. This plant really does the trick on purifying your air by getting rid of formaldehyde, emitted from paper products and carpets.

Because this type of fern does well in moist climates, it will naturally absorb some moisture through its leaves and balance out the humidity levels in your home. This means less accumulation of mold.

Spider Plant

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Spider plants are easy to grow and hard to kill, so you don’t need a green thumb to see these plants thrive. Spider plants absorb mold in their leaves and they also take care of dust allergens as well as toxins such as carbon monoxide.

Finally, did you know that 90 percent of toxins are removed in just two days!

Tip: This leafy green is non-toxic to pets, so less stress for you!

Snake Plant

Tall Snake Plant
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Snake plants are a hardy sort and easy to take care of requiring little watering.

These plants produce fresh oxygen and absorb airborne mold by retaining moisture and humidity which keeps the dampness away. Imagine the benefits if you had a cluster of snake plants in your home.

Note: Snake plants are poisonous to cats.

Red-Edged Dracaena

Close up of a Dracaena
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The red-edged dracaena also known as the dragon tree, is slow growing, but can reach up to 10 feet in height. It enjoys indirect light and only requires water when the soil begins to dry out.

It cleans the air by absorbing xylene which is a solvent found in leather, rubber, and print material. The plant also reduces acetone found in nail varnish products. Perhaps the biggest bonus to this tall plant is that it absorbs airborne mold keeping your place healthier with better air quality.

Note: Dracaena is poisonous to pets, so take care of your furry friends.

A Healthy Plant a Day Will Keep the Mold Away

Choose from one of the wonderful plants from above to purify your air and get rid of nasty mold and other toxins. Why not grow more than one and group them together to increase your chances of having a mold-free home.

If you have any tips or tricks to share, please leave them in the comments below!

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