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 your house, you need to clean your houseplants.
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 a home plants 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.
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.
Next question you may be asking, “How do you clean your houseplant?”
There are a few ways to do it, but I will share the ways I personally bathe our 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.
You can also use a swiffer dusting cloth if you prefer.
If you want to work quickly, you can fill a spray bottle with room temperature water* and spritz the leafs and quickly, but gently, wipe off the water before it dries. You will always want to be careful when cleaning the leaves of houseplants because some are more fragile than others and some are more susceptible to tearing.
*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.*
I would recommend cleaning or “bathing” your houseplant once every 2-3 weeks.