Cleaning or Dusting Live Plants

I am looking for a good way to dust, clean my 3 large real plants. I have been using a mild soap, but it seems like it dries out the ends of the greens, and yellows them.


Any ideas?

By Annie

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November 4, 20120 found this helpful

The easiest is to use the hair dryer on cool and then take an old washcloth rinsed in neutral temp, wipe carefully. Also, take them to the shower and turn on to gentle rain force.

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November 5, 20120 found this helpful

When I worked for an interior plant maintenance company we would clean the plant leaves in the warehouse before they went to the client. We sprayed the leaves with water and a mild soap and wiped with paper towels. I'd place a paper towel in each hand and wipe the bottom and top of a leaf between my hands.


For smaller leafed plants we'd spray then gently wipe with an ostrich feather duster. For really dirty plant leaves we'd spray with a hose with a shower type spray then wipe. A trick we used to shine them is to ad a bit of milk or leaf shine to the water so the leaves looked really shiny! Adding some pepper spray as well will prevent insects. Spray with the pepper spray underneath the leaves where the insects hide. A mild insecticidal soap works great too. I really doubt the soap is what is causing the leaf tips to turn brown.

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January 20, 20170 found this helpful

To clean the leaves on my live indoor plants, all I use is a swiffer duster. One hand under the leaf so it doesn't break, and use the swiffer to dust the leaves. They are naturally shiny when I'm finished. It's fast and easy.


Pat R.

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