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House Plants that Thrive in Bathrooms | Spruce Up Your Bathroom

If you enjoy bringing nature into your home with the addition of house plants, you may have noticed that the bathroom is not the best room to accommodate them. There are a number of reasons that house plants struggle in the bathroom, such as low light, high humidity and varying temperatures. However, while many potted house plants struggle to get by in the bathroom, others will thrive. It’s all about finding the right house plants for this challenging environment.

What’s more, there are many benefits and advantages to keeping house plants in your bathroom besides decoration. Some house plants can help to remove bacteria and mould from the air, while others offer simple, homeopathic remedies but which house plants fit the bill best?

The three biggest obstacles to overcome when locating plants in bathrooms are lighting, humidity and temperature. Most traditionally found house plants do not enjoy drastically rising and falling temperatures. Likewise, many house plant favourites require large amounts of sunlight, which is often limited in bathrooms.

For this reason we have produced a small collection of the best house plants that will thrive in bathrooms.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera makes its way directly to the top of our list thanks to a number of reasons. Firstly, this house plant is virtually indestructible! This little gem of a plant can grow in low light environments and it needs little-to-no water. In fact, the humidity from a busy bathroom can often be all that your aloe vera plant needs to be happy. What’s more, the gel secretion found in the plant can be used to treat a whole host of ailments such as insect bites, rashes, grazes, dry skin acne and eczema. Aloe vera really is nature’s very own first aid kit!

English Ivy:

Our next inclusion isn’t often found inside the home – more often being found growing outside of it instead. English ivy brings both an interesting and unique visual appeal, as well as some incredible health benefits. This winding, twisting plant grows particularly well in hanging baskets or in pots on shelves where it can trail to become a cascading centrepiece for your bathroom. However, as well as making your bathroom beautiful, English ivy also helps to clean your bathroom too. According to studies carried out by NASA, English ivy is one of the very best plants for purifying air. This useful evergreen vine removes bacteria, spores and moulds from the humid air in your bathroom, thus improving the hygiene in the area where you want cleanliness the most.

Spider Plant:

The humble spider plant is one of the most commonly found of all house plants, due to its pretty sprawling leaves and the limited amount of care that it requires. Place a spider plant just about anywhere and it will grow – even in very low light conditions. And like English ivy, spider plants scrub the air around them, eliminating and reducing odours and impurities such as formaldehyde, which is commonly found in most bathroom cleaning products.


Once again, philodendrons require little care, making them ideal house plants for situating in a bathroom because – lets be honest – who thinks about looking after plants when they are washing, pampering and grooming?! These tropical plants need only a small amount of light to thrive and they also enjoy high humidity. In fact, it’s high levels of humidity that encourage the philodendron to really bloom.

So there you have it. If you’re looking to bring some natural beauty as well as added health benefits to your bathroom you should consider including one or two of these hardy house plants.


Written By: John Bosworth

John Bosworth

Having spent over 15 years in home improvements, I have developed a wide range of knowledge on all things related to kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms

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Posted on: 20th June 2017
From the category: Bathrooms> General