Four low-maintenance houseplants to ‘prevent’ mould and mildew growing in your home

Indoor plants can help to purify the air inside the home, collecting moisture which will prevent mould from growing.

Some can also absorb harmful toxins, helping to keep the home nice and clean.

Wendy Rea, an expert florist and manager at Direct2Florist, has shared the best plants to choose from this winter.

Peace lily

Wendy explained: “Peace lilies also remove toxins from the air and prevent a build-up of mould and mildew around the home. Their beautiful leaves make them a perfect choice to freshen up and brighten our indoor space in the darker, colder months.

“Peace lilies prefer indirect sunlight, so keep them away from windows to keep them from drying out and make them last longer.”

This houseplant has a natural ability to absorb mould spores from the air so it should be placed in areas where mould is most likely to occur such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

Spider plant

Spider plants are known for their green leaves with a white stripe down the centre. They are perfect for most rooms in the home and are super easy to care for.

The spider houseplant can also help to reduce airborne toxins including mould and mildew.


The florist continued: “Orchids are a great addition to places we go to relax in the home, such as the bedroom or living room, as their benefits help relieve stress and boost relaxation, counter depression and anxiety levels.

“They also improve focus by improving the air quality, so are beneficial to introduce to a workspace. Orchids require a little more care than other plants and need to be watered regularly, once a week is ideal.

“They need to be placed in an environment with a stable temperature, so it’s best to keep them away from windows and radiators.”

English ivy

English ivy is a popular houseplant in the UK, known for its gorgeous trail.

This climbing plant removes airborne moulds and formaldehyde which can be commonly found in indoor environments.

Make sure to keep this houseplant in indirect sunlight, regularly watering when needed.

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