Are You Bathing Your Houseplants?


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I know this sounds like a silly question and you’ve probably never been asked it before but, “Are You Bathing Your Houseplants?” You should be.

Just as you need to clean yourself, you need to clean your houseplants.

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Like anything else in your home, your houseplants will collect dust and dirt. In nature, plants are exposed to rain, wind, and animals brushing by them which all help wipe or rinse off the dust and dirt that accumulates on a plant’s leaves. But, inside houseplants are only exposed to the exterior “conditions” that you control.

In our home, the only air movement our houseplants receive is the occasional breeze from our windows being open, the airflow coming from a return air vent, or moving air from running our bedroom fans or air purifiers. 

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It is important to clean your houseplants because when they have dirt and dust on their leaves it inhibits the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight.

As you may remember from grade school science class, photosynthesis is not only the way plants feed themselves, but also how they are able to release clean oxygen back into the atmosphere.

Now you may be asking yourself, “How do I bathe a houseplant?”

There are a few ways to do it, but I will share the ways I personally bathe my houseplants.

I fill a bowl with room temperature water and dab a washcloth into the water until it is damp. Then I carefully wipe each and every leaf. Yes, it is a process, but it is necessary for the wellbeing of your houseplants.

Tip: I use room temperature water so as not to shock the houseplant. This is also the same reason I use room temperature water when I am watering my houseplants.

If you want to work quickly, you can fill a spray bottle with room temperature water and spritz the leaves and quickly, but gently, wipe off the water before it dries.

I use the same spray bottle I use to mist my plants. Isn’t it cute?

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Or, you can skip the water and use a Swiffer dusting cloth. I would only recommend this if you are good at keeping up with weekly cleanings. I prefer the water method.

You should always want to be careful when cleaning houseplants because some are more fragile than others and are more susceptible to tearing.

I would recommend cleaning or “bathing” your houseplant once every 2-3 weeks or honestly, whenever you have a free moment to do some extra cleaning.

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