Houseplant Cleaning

Houseplants do so much to keep the interior air of our homes nice and clean. Don't we owe it to them to keep them clean in return? Dust really builds up on plants, like anything, if not regularly tended to. It's important to keep those leaves clean, as dust buildup blocks light and prohibits the plant's photosynthesis:

We are renting a furnished house for the year and the owner has a lot of big, beautiful house plants (that we've somehow managed to keep alive - whew!). In living here, we've really noticed this new cleaning task that we hadn't paid particular attention to in our previous homes.

We recently dusted each plant in the house using spray-on Leaf Shine that the owner left here, polishing with a soft rag. It worked just fine, however, we've since realized that such a product isn't really necessary. A damp rag works just fine for shiny-leafed plants. A little bit of special attention needs to be given to hairy-leafed and cactus plants.

Read more about cleaning houseplants at Martha Stewart.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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