When you get tired of winter, adding fake plants to your surroundings can be a huge morality boost. Unfortunately I usually put these cuties back in hibernation when they have a layer of dust on them:( Luckily most of the artificial plants that look lifelike these days are made with plastic. Before you style your fake plants for springtime around your home, here’s a quick lesson in how to clean artificial plants.
I really don’t enjoy cleaning, so using fancy ways and products just aren’t my gig. I love good, old soap and water and a nice fragrance. And that’s all it takes to quickly clean your fake plants before you use them!
Just fill up your sink with your favorite dish soap and hot water. I love Mrs. Meyers in whatever scent is seasonal. The green, fresh scents are usually what I gravitate towards in the spring; Apple, Parsley, Lemon Verbena.
Evaluate whether your greens can be totally submerged depending on what the base is. My topiaries were all plastic with a grapevine neck and my wreath was also the same materials. Even styrofoam is fine to get wet.
Submerge your artificial plants in the sudsy water and give them a bath. With your fingers, rub the leaves and disrupt the dust and spiderwebs. If you have some parts that maybe shouldn’t be submerged, just rub those leaves with some soapy water between your fingers. I didn’t submerge the clay pots of my topiaries because I didn’t want them to soak up water. I just submerged the top round part and then cleaned the bottom leaves between my fingers. I also rubbed the moss tops a little with wet fingers to disrupt any dust that had collected there.
Once you’re done, rinse with hot water and drip dry.
If any pieces of the greenery fell off in the process, no problem. Just find the little post that held it or hot glue it back on.
Now your fake plants are all ready to make your home pretty! Because dusty artificial plants are just icky;) Fake plants are a great way to help your mood survive these long winter months! And the plastic varieties that are available right now are so lifelike, no one would even know you don’t have to water them!
Get out your dusty fake plants and give them a bath before spreading them around your home. Or pick up some new ones; it will help the wintertime blues! They’re great to add to any room of your home, even your bathroom! Hope this How to Clean Artificial Plants has you noticing if yours are dusty;)
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