Cleaning Houseplants?

Can I use mayonnaise to shine the leaves of houseplants?

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

A dust cloth is sufficient

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

I would not recommend this at all. Just a spray bottle with some water and a nice dust cloth is more than enough. If you add anything else it can make the leaves a dust collector and this is not what you want at all.

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October 30, 20190 found this helpful

Spraying the leaves and gently wiping the leaves with a damp cloth will sufficiently clean indoor houseplants. It's best to use room temperature water instead of cold water when cleaning houseplants. The leaves will have a natural shine if you wash them periodically.

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October 30, 20190 found this helpful

Florists used to do this, maybe some still do, because it makes leaves on plants like Rubber Tree plants and Peace Lilies shiny and people who would see the plants at funeral homes or events would be wowed with how nice they looked. It won't harm the plants, but to me, it is expensive and a waste of food (and my big fear that it would draw ants).

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If my plants are dusty, I run them through a quick spritz in the shower. For those that are too big to do that with, if I am so inclined, I will wipe the leaves down with a clean rag.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

You will find this is a controversial subject as many will say yes but most will say no because this method does tend to let dust gather faster on the leaves and does occasionally 'smell'.

I believe you should probably use several methods basing the method on the type of houseplant you're cleaning.
I use compressed air on my cactus and water spray/wipe on larger plants.
Some will fit in the tub and can be rinsed.
A feather duster works great for several months until plants need a good cleaning.

These are some good suggestions:

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