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How to Get Plant Leaves Shiny

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Shiny Plant Leaf
No matter how hard you work to keep your house plants beautiful all year long, they do tend to get dusty leaves from time to time. When the weather is chilly outside, it is hard to get them out there to spray off the leaves. Instead, here are a few ideas on cleaning them easily inside. These tips get the leaves even shinier than just spraying them off with water alone. If the leaves of your houseplants look dusty and dull, follow these simple steps to get them looking clean, shiny, and beautiful again.

What you will need:

* A soft, clean cloth

* Mayonnaise or a banana peel

What you need to do:

Step 1. Get out a clean, soft cloth and place it over the edge of your finger. Make sure it is really soft so it doesn't damage delicate plant leaves. Microfiber tends to work really well for this job.

Step 2. Put a small amount of mayonnaise on the cloth on your fingertip.

Step 3. One leaf at a time, buff a little bit of the mayo over the top of each leaf in a gentle, circular motion. Hold the leaf in place very gently with your opposite hand while you polish and shine the entire surface of the leaf. You don't want to leave any of the white from the mayo, but just the oils, so don't do it too thick

Step 4. If you find that you are running out of the oiliness of the mayonaisse, just add a little bit more mayonnaise to the cloth and continue shining each plant leaf until you have covered the whole plant. This is a little time consuming, but your plants will be so shiny and beautiful. It will be worth a little bit of elbow grease.

Step 5. If you don't have mayonnaise on hand, you can use the inside of a banana peel. Just follow the same steps using the soft inside part of the banana peel. Once the peel starts getting dirty in one spot, move to another area of the peel.


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