How to Clean Indoor Plants

How to Clean Indoor Plants

How to clean indoor plants? When you decide to keep any plant inside your home or office, you must ensure that they are healthy and clean. Believe it or not, dust and dirt can kill your beautiful houseplants just as fast as overwatering them. So what’s the best way to clean indoor plants? How can you keep them stay healthy and super green? Here we will provide simple ways to keep those lovely green friends alive and kickin’. But before we start – here is a list of the most common questions which people ask about caring for their houseplants:

Use Water Spritzer To Clean Leaves Of Indoor Plants

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You can use a water spritzer to clean these lovely green buddies. It is beneficial for removing dirt, dust and even tiny bugs stuck between the leaves. Spray them evenly over their leaves until they moisten but are not soaking wet. Make sure you don’t unsettle the soil where your plant’s roots are living in, as this may cause root rot or bacteria growth if it stays wet too long after spraying on top of their leaves.  Just be careful when you’re about to use any chemicals or soap, as these substances may damage the delicate ph balance of the plant’s soil.

How To Clean Indoor Plant Stems

You can use cotton swabs for cleaning indoor plants stems.  Cotton swabs are great for getting rid of dirt stuck between leaves or crevices on plant stems without damaging their exterior bark. Be careful not to damage the stem when you are wiping it with your cotton swab, as this can hamper its growth process.

Clean Dirt And Dust With A Toothbrush

If you have a large houseplant in an even larger container, it’s hard to clean all the dirt and dust away with just a water spritzer or cotton swab. A toothbrush is perfect for this purpose. Just be careful not to damage the roots when you give them a gentle scrub with your toothbrush. Also, don’t get any soap on your plant’s root ball as this may hamper their growth process or cause root rot if they stay wet too long after being exposed to any soap particles from washing yourself.  If too much dirt is stuck onto the root ball, you may wish to give it a gentle scrub with water only.

Wash the Plant With a Spray Nozzle

Garden hose sprayer

Get a spray nozzle and attach it to your sink or shower – if you don’t have either, use a garden hose. Turn on the water and hold the plant under the firm but not too hard pressure for five to ten seconds. Move the plant around while underwater to ensure all surfaces are treated.

You can also use a bowl instead of a nozzle, making this technique easier with smaller plants. In cases where only part of the plant is dirty, please place it in the bowl/bucket under running water from above for a few moments until you’ve washed off all the sugary gunk.

Use A Soft Brush To Remove Dirt From Plant Leaves

There are soft brushes designed for removing dirt buildup from air vents – why not use them to remove any dirt buildup from your lovely green friends’ leaves? It is easy to do it at home without buying special tools or equipment. Using this method, you can also clean off any bugs stuck between leaf crevices! You can also use Microfibre Towels to clean the dirt from the plan to prevent damage.

How To Clean Indoor Plants With Baking Soda And Peroxide

Last but not the least, here is a more industrial cleaning method.

You can use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean your houseplants without harming their delicate ph balance or damaging any of their leaves. You will need:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • Baking Soda 
  • A bowl big enough for both ingredients

Just mix some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in a large bowl and get scrubbing! Your plants should be cleaner than ever before after this treatment. Avoid applying too much of this mixture on any spot on your plant’s leaves as it may damage them with its chemical ingredients. Also, keep it out of reach from children or pets if they decide to take a lick of it due to its sweet taste.

Wrapping Up!

That’s all the tips and tricks we have about how to clean indoor plants for now! If you know any other cleaning methods, be sure to share them with us in the comments below to learn from you and come up with even better ideas and ways of keeping our green friends looking great. Also, please share this article with your houseplant-loving friends so they can benefit fully from these cleaning methods too!

Rabia Gul Khan

Author Bio: Rabia Gul Khan is an enthusiastic writer, she loves to read and write about new technology, fashion, design, health, and traveling. She is keen to pen down the latest information and knowledge to educate readers about new things. She also finds her interest in writing about marketing and latest trends.

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