Houseplants, like anything else in your home, get dusty over time. Regular cleanings should be a part of your care routine, along with waterings. If the thought of cleaning your houseplants sounds complicated, don’t fret—today we’re showing you a few simple ways to get the job done well. Here are our best tips for keeping your houseplants clean. (Psst, these methods are actually fun.)
Give Them a Shower
Think humans and pets are the only ones in your home that put your shower to good use? Think again. Houseplants can benefit greatly from a good rinse-off every once in a while. Just stick them in the tub and gently turn the water on at a lukewarm temperature. Make sure to turn the leaves over so the undersides get cleaned, too. Giving your houseplants an occasional shower will not only clean dust and dirt off them but can also help prevent infestation. Be careful not to bathe your cacti or succulents, though, as too much water may lead to their demise.
Dust with a Brush
This trick works particularly well for “fuzzy” leafed plants, such as African violets. Take a soft-bristled brush (even a toothbrush will do) and slowly stroke it over each leaf, starting from the base and ending at the tip. This will help remove stubborn dust. You’ll want to avoid using water on “fuzzy” leaves as it may result in spotting.
Wipe with a Damp Towel
For larger plants, a soft, moist towel will do just fine to remove dirt and debris. Be gentle with the leaves and be sure to avoid tearing them while wiping them down. The leaves will look shiny and healthy after you clean them off.