Cleaning Your Houseplants

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Just like everything else in your home, your plants collect dust and need a cleaning every now and then. It might not be part of your normal house cleaning routine, but adding it in once every couple of weeks will help keep your plants—and the air—a little healthier.

Here are some tips on how to clean basic houseplants. If you have more unique plants or want more details, check out How to Clean Your Houseplants.

Getting the Dust Off

There are a couple of ways to do this, depending on the plant. The only thing you need is water, so it’s really an issue of how the water is applied:

  • For small- to medium-sized plants, a simple spritz with your sink’s sprayer should work fine.
  • For larger plants, try the shower or a shaded porch.
  • Large plants with large leaves can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

Whatever method you need to use, aim to get all of the dust off of each plant.

Drying

Let your plants drip dry or dry in the shade. Just like when you clean windows, you’ll get streaks and spots if you put them in sunlight while they’re still damp. 

Avoid the temptation to dry with a towel or by shaking the leaves. Over-touching plants can break sensitive fibers and kill leaves or stems. They’ll be fine drying on their own!

Pruning

Pruning is like maid service for your house plants,  removing dead plant and leaves room for new growth. Your plants inside need to be pruned just like plants outside—maybe even more so, since they’re not only living, but also on display. Whenever you clean your plants, pick out dead blooms and leaves, and if weeds have somehow found their way into your plants, pluck them out.

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