Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How to Clean Your Fake Plants

Don't you hate how dusty fake plants get?  And then they are such a pain to dust.  Well tonight I learned a fun little trick from my fabulous mother in law. 

She was over decorating my house (you read that right...I laid out all my decor and she decorated) and she saw my ultra dusty plants (to my defense they had been in storage for 5 months...ok lets be honest they would have been dusty regardless).  She asked for a bottle of hair spray.  I looked at her and asked why she wanted hairspray.  She said that when she worked at a store years ago she noticed that the ingredients in those silk cleaners were the same as hairspray, but hairspray was much, much cheaper. 

So here's how you clean those pesky fake plants. 

First you need an ultra dusty plant.  This picture does the plant no justice.  Just trust me when I say that it was really dusty. 

Now you take your dusty plant and take your cheap hairspray (I had Suave on hand:) and spray it all over the plant.  Be sure to flip your plant over so you can get every side of the leaves.  Then you will take your plant (after spraying it all over) and give it a good shake.  And WAH-LA...a nice, shiny plant.

As you can see from the picture above the difference it made is AH MAZING.  Not only is my plant green, but it's nice and shiny. 
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10 comments:

countercrafts said...

Thank you so much! I have a large, fake tree in my living room. Last week I used a whole can of the expensive spray and needed to buy more, but I won't now! I have Suave on hand! WOW! Thank you so much! Take Care and God Bless! Donna

elaina said...

oh.my.word. i have needed this tip for YEARS. thank you!!

Ty and Whitty said...

wow thanks so much for the tips. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to last weeks show and share. We hope to see you and your newest project on Wednesday.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

Ty and Whitty said...

wow thanks so much for the tips. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to last weeks show and share. We hope to see you and your newest project on Wednesday.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

Su said...

love this tip!! Now on to the store to look for hair spray!

Ashley said...

good to know:) love the tips girl

Jennifer said...

This is a great tip too!
Thanks again for linking up!!

Chatty Chics said...

Brilliant! Thank you! I have lots of silk plants all over my house! I have to share this with others and will give you the credit. :)
Melody
chattychics.com

Ambeur Roberts said...

I'm going to do this right now!! Will let you know my results....

Sarah W said...

I ran across this post on Pinterest. I have a huge fake bamboo tree in my living room, that hadn't been dusted for the entire time I've owned it (9 years). I drug it outside and sprayed it down with hairspray, and gave it some good whacks with a towel to get the dust off. It worked beautifully! In less then 10 mins, my tree was dust free, shiny and looked better than brand new. Thank you for such an awesome tip!

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