How to Clean Your Indoor Houseplants

How to Clean Your Indoor Houseplants

Houseplants can provide your home with purer air and a lively appearance, all while offering you a satisfying, low-maintenance hobby. Unfortunately, the leaves of your houseplants will accumulate a layer of dust and grime over time. Learning how to clean your indoor houseplants occasionally will help you prevent these problems.

Rinse the leaves of houseplants regularly.
The best preventative step you can take to avoid dirty leaves is a regular rinse with lukewarm water. For regularly removing dust buildup from houseplants with large leaves (such as a peace lily), wipe the leaves gently with a cloth moistened in lukewarm water.

Clean dust from fuzzy-leaved houseplants using an old toothbrush.
Houseplants with bristly leaves, such as African violets, can be dusted using a soft toothbrush.Supporting the leaf with your free hand, clean it using gentle strokes of the toothbrush. Work from base to tip of each leaf. Clean the dust from the toothbrush occasionally.

Swish houseplants with small leaves in water to remove dust.
Houseplants with many small leaves, such as nerve plants, would be intensely time-consuming to clean leaf-by-leaf. Instead, these plants can be swished around in lukewarm water to remove dust.

Try using mayonnaise to help shine up the leaves of your plants.
This process takes lots of time, and does not work for plants such as African Violets because the leaves are fuzzy.
Dust the leaves off first as well as spraying it with dishwashing soap and lukewarm water.
Put a bit of mayonnaise onto a wet cloth and wipe down each individual leaf. The oil in the mayo will create a shine on once dull-looking leaves! Lightly wipe off the mayo with a cloth afterwards.

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