5 Indoor Plants That Will Absorb Humidity in Your House

A close-up of a Boston fern.

A warm, moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and that environment can be your home if you aren't careful. Too much indoor moisture can also cause damage all around your home, but something you may not know is that you can help diminish the humidity in your house by keeping a few specific indoor plants. When used in conjunction with other humidity solutions, these plants can help absorb that unwanted stickiness and mold hazard.

1. Peace Lily

This plant will reduce humidity levels because it is one such plant that, despite being watered, will also absorb moisture from the air through its leaves. The peace lily also needs little sunlight to thrive, so indoor environments will prove no challenge to keeping this plant healthy.

It is the perfect plant to have in your home in order to help decrease moisture in the air, with the added bonus of purifying your air of certain contaminants at the same time.

It is important to note that although peace lilies are not true members of the lily family, they are still mildly toxic to people and animals when consumed. This plant is best kept out of reach of children and animals for safety's sake.

2. Reed Palm

Palms thrive in more tropical, humid areas of the world and will absorb some moisture through their leaves as well, and the reed palm is no exception to the rule. In comparison to other palms, reed palms can survive in lower light, making it ideal for a home environment; however, it can grow several feet larger if kept in more well-lit areas. Keep this plant's soil relatively moist to help it thrive. Also, like the peace lily, a reed palm will help purify your indoor air.

3. English Ivy

This plant can remove the airborne molds typically found in humid places. An advantage of English ivy is that it can be planted in a hanging pot and placed higher in the room, close to the ceiling, absorbing humidity that rises, and at the same time, you don't have to worry about knocking it over.

Care for this plant is simple since it doesn't need much sunlight. Simply keep the plant's soil moist, and although it will grow slowly to start with, it should thrive.

4. Boston Fern

A Boston fern is another popular indoor plant that thrives in more moist climates, so it will naturally absorb a bit of the the humidity in your air. Not only does this plant absorb moisture from the air, it balances out various humidity levels to make it more comfortable in your home.

Indirect sunlight and moist soil are all a Boston fern needs to survive in your home. Be wary; if your air dries out quite a bit in the colder, winter months, you might need to mist it to keep the plant from perishing.

5. Tillandsia

Tillandsia are best indoors in front of a bright window, to receive a lot of filtered sunlight, and watering should be done at least two to three times a week. In the event that you're under watering the plant, the leaves will become increasingly more concave than they are naturally.

These plants can thrive without root systems and without a lot of direct sunlight, which makes it easy for them to live indoors. In addition, these plants can live off of the moisture and nutrients from the air by absorbing them through their leaves.

A few plants will not solve problems with too much humidity in your home, but they can help with a persistent problem. These are also suitable replacements for other indoor plants you might be keeping. Most plants actually will release more moisture into the air, so if excess indoor humidity is a problem for you, changing the type of plants you keep to some of these may also help.