How to Dust Houseplants

Two Methods:Spraying the PlantsCleaning Large Leaf Plants

House plants often suffer from an accumulation of dust and spiders, especially during the dry months of winter. Hand washing, if possible, is often difficult.

Method 1
Spraying the Plants

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    Take the plants outdoors. Choose a mild day, during the warmest time.
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    Spray the leaves, especially on the undersides. Use a spray bottle, available from garden stores and many hardware stores.
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    Gauge the force of the spray carefully. Match the spray strength to the fragility of the plant. For instance, a rubber plant will stand far more water pressure than will a begonia.
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    Allow the plants to drip dry. When dry, take them back into the house.

Method 2
Cleaning Large Leaf Plants

This method is a good way to clean rubber plant leaves or any big leaf plant.

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    Take a cotton ball and dip it in a bowl of milk.
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    Wipe the leaves with the milk dipped cotton ball. This both cleans and leaves the leaves on the plant very shiny and clean.


  • If a warm outdoor area with a water supply is not available, you can set your bathroom shower to a gentle, warm spray and place the plants under it for a while. Turn them occasionally to get spray from multiple angles.
  • Be sure to use enough force to remove both dust and spiders or other insects from the plants.


  • Do not leave delicate plants in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
  • Handle plants with care to avoid damaging them.

Sources and Citations

  • Kains, M.G. (1935). Gardening Short Cuts. New York and Cleveland: World Publishing Company - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

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