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Green Clean: Keeping Your Home Fresh and Tidy with Indoor Plants

Updated: Apr 4



Welcome, fellow indoor plant enthusiasts, to a guide on navigating the wonderful world of indoor plant jungles! If you've ever found yourself grappling with soil spills or embroiled in a leafy limbo, fear not – you're not alone! Join us as we explore how to keep your home tidy amidst the joys of growing your indoor plant jungle and discover some tips for helping your leafy friends thrive.


The Great Soil Spill Spectacle

Soil spills happen to the best of us, but with a little preparation, you can minimize the mess. When propagating or resizing pots, place a repotting mat underneath to catch the soil and access water. Check out this one that I just purchased from Ikea! Consider placing saucers or trays under your plant pots to catch any excess water and soil. Opt for pots with drainage holes to prevent water buildup. And when accidents do occur, keep a handheld vacuum or small broom handy for quick cleanup. Try using eco-friendly cleaning products for easy soil spill cleanup if you're concerned about your plants or pets safety while using cleaning chemicals


Leafy Limbo and Cleanliness

Ah, the constant struggle of keeping up with fallen leaves and dusty plants! Stay on top of leaf cleanup by incorporating regular dusting into your cleaning routine. Don't forget to check beneath your plants for any hidden leafy surprises! This not only helps with stopping accumulating dust and dirt, but it can actually help with your plants ability to feed itself through photosynthesis. Dust and dirt can actually reduce the sunlight that your plant babies absorb!


Here are some tips for cleaning your plants.


  • Frequency of Cleaning:

  • Check leaves each time you water.

  • Dust or debris visible on leaves or felt when touched indicates cleaning is needed.

  • Factors like open windows may necessitate more frequent cleaning.

  • Cleaning Methods:

  • Shower Method:

  • Move plant to bathtub or shower.

  • Gently spray leaves with lukewarm water to remove dust.

  • Air dry before returning to place.

  • Blot dry with paper towel or cloth if immediate use of shower is required.

  • Hand Cleaning with Sponge and Soapy Water:

  • Use non-abrasive sponge or soft microfiber cloth.

  • Create a solution with ¼ teaspoon dish soap per quart of tepid water.

  • Carefully wipe leaves, supporting them to avoid breakage.

  • Dusting with Microfiber Cloth or Duster:

  • Gently wipe leaves with dry microfiber cloth or duster.

  • For larger plants, use a duster.

  • Brushing with Paintbrush:

  • Use soft paintbrush dipped in lukewarm water for cleaning.

  • For fuzzy-leaved plants, use dry brush to gently remove dust.

  • Trimming Dead Leaves:

  • Regularly check for dead leaves, indicated by wilting or discoloration.

  • Remove by hand or use scissors/pruning shears, cutting close to the stem for improved aesthetics and nutrient distribution.



Pest Pestilence

Dealing with pests can be a nuisance, but there are eco-friendly solutions available. Consider using natural remedies like neem oil or insecticidal soap to combat common indoor plant pests like aphids and spider mites. Another option is to use a LECA substrate  (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate), which can help deter pests by creating a less hospitable environment for them. Leca can be used instead of soil for certain plants to help keep your indoor jungle pest-free, and to help with root rot.


Plant Care Tips

To help your plants thrive, ensure they're getting the right amount of light, water, and nutrients. Research the specific needs of each plant in your collection and adjust your care routine accordingly. Consider using eco-friendly plant care products to minimize your environmental footprint and keep your indoor jungle green and healthy. Explore these plant care resources for helpful tips and advice.


Conclusion

In the world of indoor plant jungles, a little care and attention go a long way. By staying proactive about plant messes and providing your leafy friends with the love and care they deserve, you can create a thriving indoor oasis that brings joy and beauty to your home. Happy growing, and may your indoor jungle continue to flourish!

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