If you love the idea of having beautiful, healthy plants around your home, but can’t quite seem to get your plants to thrive, try this mayonnaise house plant trick!
OK, this mayonnaise house plant trick is going to sound downright crazy to some of you, but just hear me out! This trick is used by professionals and it just may be the thing to perk your plants up!
One mistake a lot of new plant owners make is that they think house plants are kind of a “set-it-and-forget-it” type of home decor item. Or maybe rather at, “set it, water it occasionally, but mostly forget it” type. This is especially true with all these super low-maintenance succulents that are so popular now.
The problem is that we often go a little too far in the low-maintenance direction and then are disappointed when our plants look a little lacklustre. So here’s what to do!
First of all, every 2 weeks or so, you need to wipe down your leaves. To do this, take a damp, slightly soapy cloth and gently wipe the underside and the top side of each leaf. Follow up with another damp, soap-free cloth to remove the soap.
Dust build-up on plants not only looks yucky, it can also clog your plant’s pores and prevent transpiration. Plants need their leaves to be clean so they can enjoy the sunshine as well!
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The Mayonnaise House Plant Trick
Now here’s where the mayo comes in! This is especially good for plants with wide, smooth leaves.
Put a small amount of mayo in a dish and using another clean, dry cloth, wipe the top of each leaf of your houseplants. Not only will this give you those amazing super-shiny leaves that you see on plants at the florist’s, mayonnaise is also super effective at breaking down and removing any built-up sticky gunk like sap, so it will make sure your plant’s leave are really extra clean.
And wow does it ever make those leaves shine!
This may be just the ticket to keep your houseplants looking beautiful and healthy!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.