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1. Remove dead leaves with pruning shears. 

2. Dust blocks out light and air, making it difficult for your plants to photosynthesize and maintain a flow of carbon dioxide and oxygen. Dust off with a dust cloth, or damp paper towel and gently wipe the dust off the leaves.

3. Use a mister to hydrate your plants. Wipe off the remaining water. 

4. As leaves fall from your plants, the pot and surrounding area can get messy. Use a broom to sweep away dirt, dead leaves, and dust.

5. For all plants, but particularly for plants with delicate leaves that are difficult to wipe, showering is a great option. A lukewarm shower is best for your house plant. 

6. Don’t use commercial cleaners with leaf shine. They clog the pores of the leaves which need to respire. Plus, the shine can make them look fake.

7. Use an air compressor to clean cacti and succulents. When using compressed air to clean cacti or succulents hold the can at least 10 – 12 inches away from the plants and spray in short, sweeping bursts to dislodge the dust and dirt. This project might be best done outside if you don’t want to blow dust all over the inside of your home. Be careful to not spray for extended amount of time as the air gets too cold and can damage the plant tissue.

8. If you would like to add shine to your house plants, you can either dip a soft cloth in a soap/water solution and wipe the leaves carefully, or lather your hands with soap/water and gently apply it to the plant. Either way, be sure to clean both the top and bottom of the leaves, because it will also help to remove pests like spider mites.

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