Ordinary houseplants are trending. That’s if you put them in the shower. Shower plants are a Pinterest thing. If that’s not your thing, houseplants anywhere in your house will do. They increase your whole home comfort for less by improving your indoor air quality.
Pinterest is full of decorating ideas for bathroom plants.
While you can put houseplants anywhere in your bathroom, the shower is the best place. The plants will get watered naturally whenever you shower, without any extra work.
Plus, plants grow well in the bathroom because of the moisture from the shower. Think of it like a mini rainforest. Let the plants absorb some of the natural humidity in the bathroom.
There’s another health benefit too. Less stress! Houseplants enhance the feel of your bathroom, making it more spa-like. We want our homes to be comfortable. With comfort comes happiness.
So how do you make your shower feel like a spa without paying spa prices? Planterra, a Michigan plant design business, suggests putting your plant in a shower caddy. Orchids are a great choice for the shower, and they fit perfectly in the shower caddy.
Houseplants purify indoor air
Now that your home is Instagram-worthy, what are the benefits of houseplants?
Some houseplants have a cooling effect, lowering your energy costs in the summer. Even more than that, they can improve indoor air quality.
There are many ways to improve the air quality in your home. Look at the cleaning products you use, have a trained HVAC professional assess your ventilation system, and add houseplants to your living space.
According to a NASA study, houseplants reduce both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Think back to your grade school science class. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which helps us breathe.
Researchers also found the plants absorb harmful contaminants found in the air. This includes formaldehyde and benzene.
Plant leaves absorb contaminants from the air and release them in their roots.
Plants also act as a natural humidifier. They release water vapor through their leaves which can raise the humidity level in your home. Some houseplants even absorb excess water in the air.
While most of these plants improve indoor air quality, some also help cool your home in the summer.
Natural humidifier houseplants
Kimberly queen fern
Houseplants that perform well in low light
Dwarf date palm
Easy to grow houseplants
English ivy (also reduces mold)
Houseplants that cool your home
PlantNative can help you find the best native plants to add to your home.
So how many plants do you need to impact the air quality and temperature of your home? According to the University of Arizona Extension, to improve the air quality in an 1800 square foot house, you’d need 15 to 18 houseplants. Each one should range in size between 6 and 8 inches in diameter.