How to clean your houseplants

How to clean your houseplants

Here's how to clean your houseplants at just the time of year they may well need a spruce up. After the summer months, as we head into autumn, you might find plenty of cobwebs, dusty leaves and some leaf drop. After the growing season, many plants slow down, ready for the colder months ahead, so now is a good time to give them some attention and keep them looking clean. There are many ways to clean your plants, and plenty of myths mixed in with the truths, so here are the ways we think are the best for your plants. 

Why clean your houseplants

You don't only keep your plants dust-free to look good, but also to help keep them healthy. Photosynthesis will occur better when there isn't a layer of dust on the leaves, and cleaning your plants will also help keep pests and diseases at bay, allowing your houseplants to thrive. Your plants work hard to keep the air fresh and clean it of toxins, and are very good for your well-being, so it's only right to give them a clean-up every now and again!

Use a cloth and water to clean your houseplants

One of the easiest ways to keep the foliage clean is to use a damp cloth and gently wipe the leaves. You might want to add a small drop of washing-up liquid, but this isn't necessary. Alternatively, you can mist your leaves and gently wipe them. Repeat this every month.

Give your houseplants a shower

  • Remove the outer pots and take your plants off any trays they are sitting in.
  • Put your shower on and allow the water to gently wash the leaves all at the same time as watering the pots.
  • Make sure the water drains out of the pots before placing them back into their outer pots or on their trays.
  • Cold to very slightly tepid water is best. Never use hot water. 

Houseplants leaf cleaner

There are many products available which can be sprayed onto the foliage or a cloth and then used to wipe leaves clean. They are great at giving larger leaves especially an incredible shine. Ensure you read the instructions, and remember, organic is always best. 

Clean your houseplants outside in the rain

Rainwater is the best for houseplants because that's what they would enjoy in their natural environment. Every once in a while, when the weather is ideal, pop them outside for some fresh rainwater. It will also clean the foliage and make your plants very happy. Make sure you check them over for bugs before bringing them back inside. 

Are you looking for a new green friend? Our garden centre offers a large stock of houseplants. Discover large houseplants and mini houseplants. Our staff is always happy to give you advice on houseplant care. Explore our houseplant section and look out for accessories as well. Check our opening hours on the website and visit us in store. 

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