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Spring Cleaning Blind Spot: Plant Leaves

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WHY DO THIS?


Cleaning your plants’ leaves does more than make your house look nice – it helps your plants survive! A layer of dust on leaves blocks sunlight and reduces a plant’s ability to photosynthesize, which is basically how they feed themselves. Keep your plants nourished by cleaning their leaves with one of these methods:

15 MINUTES
EASY

How To:

  1. 1

    The spray method. Mix lukewarm water with a small amount of dish soap in a plastic spray bottle. Spray your leaves until the dust is gone, and then wipe away any excess liquid. Note: Small plants can’t always handle the force of a spray bottle. If your plant is just a little guy, move on to the next method.

  2. 2

    The wipe method. If your plant is small or somewhat fragile, use this method instead of spraying your plant directly with water. Grab a damp cloth and wipe away the dust. Be gentle!

  3. 3

    The brush method. If you have a plant with sticky or fuzzy leaves, you probably don’t want to get them wet. Instead, use dry, old paintbrushes to gently dust your leaves.

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