Keep Dust Off of Your Houseplants

by Amy Gordon
(last updated May 8, 2015)

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Houseplants are a great way to decorate any space, but they do have one really big flaw: they attract dust. This is something that you will have to deal with whether or not you decide to get real plants, since fake plants are just as dust prone as real ones are, if not more so. While there is no secret to keeping your plants dust free, if you have children around the house, you can try this little trick.

Most children love to help, especially if the chore you need help with is something that they find fun. Even chores we loathe can be great entertainment in the minds of children. So, if you want a little help dusting your plants, recruit your children.

If your children think it is a bore to clean off plants, one little thing could change that around. Instead of telling them to use a cloth, give them a paintbrush to use. Have fun with them. Tell them to pretend like they are painting the plants. Most children will find it a delight to clean of the plants this way. At an extra bonus, you can spend that time that you would have spent dusting your plants doing something else, especially with your children away dusting the plants for you.

If your children are very young, you might want to make sure they do not dust any plants that they could damage, unless you do not care what happens to those plants. Also be sure that they do not try to climb up to reach plants that are too high for them, since the last thing I would want to happen is to have your child injured while following one of these cleaning tips. Perhaps try lowering all the plants in hard-to-reach places so they can clean them, then you do not have to worry about them trying to reach where they cannot.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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2015-05-08 11:50:06

GreenCentury

Hi Amy, Aside from the obvious, I am just curious as to why dust on the plants is an issue? Does it have a negative impact on the plant in any way? I recently washed the dusty leaves of a small bamboo I inherited and it looks nicer, if nothing else. Thanks:)


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