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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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Name: Caroline Scott
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Nov 11, 2013 6:13 PM CST
That is a good idea because it is non toxic too.
Many of those oils have toxic chemicals also.
Name: Tara
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Nov 11, 2013 8:01 PM CST
I agree I've always just cleaned/dusted them off with a dampened paper towel…But I love the idea of giving them a "shine"!
Name: Toni
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Nov 11, 2013 9:10 PM CST
What about the smell? And wouldn't that attract buggies? (Not to mention house kitties...)
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Name: Renée
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Nov 11, 2013 11:12 PM CST
I just hope my plants aren't lactose intolerant, like me...wonder if soymilk would work. Rolling on the floor laughing
I could just buy a small bottle of milk, though--thanks for the tip!
Name: Jean
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Nov 12, 2013 2:13 PM CST
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This is something that I would never have thought about doing. It's a great tip Larry.
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Name: Christine
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Nov 16, 2013 12:57 PM CST
It works great & I have used this method of cleaning some of my plants for over 40 years.My cats have never seemed interested in the milk since it was wiped off right away. I use cotton balls dipped in the milk and the amount of dirt on the cotton balls always shocks me,my peace lily & rubber tree plants always look the best with a nice clean shine Thumbs up
I agree with you Larry
Name: Larry Rettig
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Nov 23, 2013 2:57 PM CST
Many thanks, all, for your comments.
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