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The Importance of Dusting Your Houseplants

Person dusting houseplants with microfiber cloth. Like people, houseplants must be regularly cared for to ensure their health. An often-neglected part of plant care is the dusting of leaves.

Regular home dusting is a well-known chore, but have you considered how neglecting to dust your houseplants’ leaves could affect them? Understanding why dust-free houseplants are essential can help ensure they remain healthy and cheerful.

Dust Particles Impact Indoor Air Quality

Accumulating dust does more than just annoy; it can be harmful. Your health and your houseplants’ health can both suffer due to dust. Research indicates that dust harbors dangerous particles which can set off allergies, asthma, and other health issues.

Additionally, leaves covered in dust block the essential light needed for photosynthesis, the process by which your plants generate the oxygen you inhale. Poor air quality in your home can stem from this, putting your health at risk. Although it’s understandable if dusting your houseplants regularly has been neglected, it is vital to do so to ensure both your and your plants’ health.

Prevent More Significant Issues

As with cleaning your furniture, ensuring your plants are dust-free is just as essential. A clean home isn’t just about tidiness; it’s also about spotting potential problems like mold or disease sooner.

Dusting your plants regularly helps maintain their cleanliness and provides a chance to examine them closely. This practice ensures that your plants stay healthy and flourish. Identifying any issues allows you to act swiftly to stop them from spreading, ensuring your plants stay healthy and cheerful.

Keep Pests Away from Plants

Occasionally, if not adequately maintained, these small green companions may attract bugs and pests. But fret not; several straightforward steps can prevent bug infestations. Consider wiping the leaves gently with a soft cloth to eliminate any dust or debris. Additionally, watch for yellowing leaves or sticky residues, indicators of an infestation.

Giving your plants essential needs, such as ample sunlight and proper nutrition, can help avoid severe pest issues. Thus, be generous in showering your plants with love and attention!

How to Dust and Clean Houseplants

Acknowledging the need for dusting your houseplants simplifies the cleanup. Use a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to gently clean the dust off each leaf as a first step for most plants. A small paintbrush is ideal for carefully removing dust from plants with delicate or small leaves.

Lukewarm water and a soft cloth should be used to clean the stems and leaves of your houseplant. Using water that is either too hot or too cold can damage your houseplant, so be careful. Ensure your plant is fully air-dried after cleaning each leaf and the pot before placing it back.

Houseplant care is uncomplicated but requires consistent upkeep to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant. Want to learn more about this or other Orem home maintenance topics? Real Property Management Utah County can, in fact, help! Contact us today online or call us at 801-889-1517.

 

Originally Published on February 26, 2021

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