Plants are all the rage lately and for good reason. They can cheer you up, clean the air, and make your home (and Instagram) look 10x better. I have plants throughout my entire house, including the often overlooked bathroom. Here are 8 of my favourite bathroom plants. Of course, you don’t need to jam all 8 plants in there, unless you have some sort of a locker room bathroom situation at home.
Hang this bad boy in the shower and feel your sinuses thank you. The benefits of eucalyptus are practically endless and will de-stress you while you’re starting your day.
Don’t have enough room or patience for a full plant inside your shower? Tie a bundle of eucalyptus leaves to your shower head when you’re feeling a little stuffed up and breathe better.
I can’t wait for renovations to be done to my bathroom so I can build shelves for some eucalyptus love!
This plant doesn’t give a fuck if you water it daily, weekly, or semi-monthly (well, maybe not the last bit), and can withstand low light, which makes it perfect for most bathrooms. I don’t know what your bathroom looks like, but mine does not come with bay windows. This means that the plants I have in there need to handle low light. I don’t have a golden pothos, but wouldn’t it jazz up the space behind your toilet?!
Because why wouldn’t you want to take a bath surrounded by palm trees? Palms are excellent air purifiers (seriously, listen to me talk about the palm I added to my living room like it was a life-changing event…a nap under the leaves with a cat can fix any stressful day) and make any place look instantly gorgeous, even if it is the bathroom.
I love African Violets! They’re nice and green and leafy for 90% of the year and then they bloom beautifully! They can handle low light and if you forget about them, they’ll get over it. They’re a perfect small plant to have on any shelf in your bathroom!
A Fern, Any Fern!
Ferns are the motherfucking business when it comes to air purifying. While they’re not the top at bringing that oxygen, they are pretty damn good (also, can we stop calling extreme air purifiers ‘oxygen bombs’? Honestly, we sound like we’re about to blow up the world with little ferns and aloe plants. An oxygen bomb doesn’t sound adorable to me, it sounds terrifying). They also love that humid air so will thrive in a nasty humid place like the bathroom. But, ferns like to bathe in sunlight, so keep it close to a window for best results.
Have y’all ever wandered through Pinterest and scrolled across some sort of leafy goodness spreading all over the shower and tub of some influencer’s feed? That shit looks magical. That shit….is English Ivy.
While they’re complete assholes in forests (super invasive), they’re perfect for your bathroom and not just for the ‘gram. Does anyone say ‘gram’ anymore? It reduces AIR-BORNE FECAL MATTER PARTICLES. And, yeah, I felt like that needed to be in caps. I hope someone was scrolling through this post aimlessly and came across air-borne fecal matter particles and said to themselves ‘what in the….’ and decided this post was worth a read. Anyways…
Where you gonna find the most air-borne fecal matter particles? In your bathroom. Obviously.
They’re a ground-cover plant, which means 4 hours of sunlight will be enough for them, which also means you can have them away from a window and they’ll be happy, unlike ferns.
Get yourself a nice bamboo palm and then you’re cooking with peanut oil. Or, just grab yourself some of those sticks from your local greenhouse and beautify your bathroom space. They don’t care about indirect or direct sunlight so will happily hang out near anywhere in your bathroom.
Orchids love humidity, so the bathroom is an excellent spot for them. They’re not going to be too happy if they get cold, though, so if your bathroom gets a little chilly when it’s not in use (or is a bathroom that rarely gets use), then this probably isn’t the best space for it.
But, if you’ve one main floor bathroom and a nice bright window, your orchid will thrive!
Air plants love that sun, so putting them near a window is key. They also like a gentle misting every now and then (as well as a dunk in water), so if you have a window IN your shower, you’re ready to go. It’ll get a breezy mist from the shower and you can just pick it up and dunk it water before/after your shower. Just don’t scald the thing with your too-hot for living showers.