Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Washing Plants the Easy Way

With the furnace running constantly in the winter, my plants get pretty dirty. Here's a "before" shot.

I could spend hours washing each leaf, but I don't have time for that. Instead, I occasionally (about once every 4 months) place my plants in the shower and turn on the water. A minute in a lukewarm shower cleans them well. I let them air dry before placing back in my living room.

It's really important to get dust and dirt off of your plants. If you don't, the plant can't breathe and the leaves will dry up and fall off. Then the plant can't make food and it dies.


SunshineofAutumnQuilts said...

Now that is a really good idea!

Cindy said...

What a great idea. I never would have thought to put the plants in the shower. I'm awfully guilty of neglecting my plants, unfortunately.

I've tagged you for a meme here: http://www.fencedinfamily.com/blog/?p=822

FromThe Creek said...

That is a great tip! My poor indoor plants are so neglected.

Wanda said...

This is the way I wash my plants too. It's the best way I've found to wash them. I use a baby hairbrush to brush the leaves of my violets to clean them.