BATH­ROOM

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As long as your bath­room has some nat­u­ral light, a hu­mid­ity-lov­ing plant will thrive here. CHOOSE: English ivy WHY? A study found that ivy can re­duce un­pleas­ant air­borne par­ti­cles, mak­ing your bath­room a more hy­gienic place. HOW TO CARE FOR IT: Spray the leaves with wa­ter once a week and give it a monthly dose of bal­anced liq­uid fer­tiliser. WHERE TO KEEP IT: Ivy needs lots of bright light, so the nearer the win­dow, the bet­ter. con­sider a small ta­ble or stand next to the tub, al­low­ing it to trail, so you can gaze at it while you bathe. note that it’s toxic to an­i­mals, so keep away from pets – you could hang it from the ceil­ing to keep out of harm’s way. ALSO GOOD: Aloe vera has nat­u­ral heal­ing prop­er­ties – it’s a bit like hav­ing a first aid kit in your bath­room! At Home with Plants by Ian Drum­mond & Kara O’Reilly, pub­lished by Mitchell Bea­z­ley, £20 www. oc­to­pus­books.co.uk

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