Like anything else in your apartment, house plants get dusty over time. Regular cleanings should be a part of your care routine. If the thought of cleaning your house plants sounds odd, don’t fret — today, we’re showing you a few simple ways to get the job done. Here are our best tips for cleaning house plants. (Psst, these methods are actually kind of fun!)
Give Them a Shower
Think humans and pets are the only ones in your home that could use a shower? Think again. House plants benefit from a good rinse-off every once in a while, too. Just stick them in the tub and gently turn the water on at a lukewarm temperature. Make sure to rotate the leaves so the undersides are rinsed. Doing this cleans dust and dirt off your plants while also helping to prevent infestation. Be careful not to bathe your cacti or succulents, though, as too much water may lead to rot.
Dust with a Brush
This dusting trick works particularly well for fuzzy-leafed plants, such as African violets. Take a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush will work) and slowly stroke it over each leaf starting from the base and ending at the tip. This will help remove stubborn dust. Avoid using water on “fuzzy” leaves, as it may result in spotting.
Wipe with a Damp Towel
For larger plants, a soft, moist towel is your best option for removing dirt and debris. Be gentle with the leaves while you’re wiping them down to avoid tearing. The leaves will look shiny and healthy after you clean them!