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Use Milk on Houseplant Leaves

By LarryR
November 12, 2013

Never use oil to polish plant leaves. It clogs leaf pores and interferes with their functioning. Use milk instead. It’s inexpensive and provides a good shine once it dries.

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crittergarden
Nov 12, 2013 7:19 AM CST
I've just gotten the cats bored with most of the houseplant leaves.
Won't this attract them all over again??
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LarryR
Nov 23, 2013 3:01 PM CST
Our cats have never been attracted to the milk-polished leaves. I think it's because the layer of milk remaining on the leaves is so thin. The milk dries quickly , and once it's dry, there's no smell at all, so neither cats nor bugs would be interested.

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crittergarden
Nov 23, 2013 3:04 PM CST
OK, just checking.
I've got 3 of them and they are a handful WITHOUT baiting them to my houseplants!

Hilarious!
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