How to Easily Clean Artificial Plants

Lora Bloomquist
by Lora Bloomquist
3 Materials
30 Minutes

How do you clean artificial plants? Here is the easiest way to clean old fake plants.

When you get tired of winter, adding fake plants to your surroundings can be a huge morality boost. Unfortunately many times when you pull them out of hibernation, they don’t look the best. Before you start decorating with your fake plants, renew them with these tips.

How to Easily Clean Artificial Plants

Determine What Your Artificial Plants are Made Of

First, you need to figure out what your fake plants are made of. Many of the real-looking plants these days are made of plastic, which makes them very easy to clean.

You’ll also want to figure out what the base or foundation is made of. My topiary leaves were all plastic with a grapevine neck and my wreath was also the same material. Even styrofoam is fine to get wet.

Clean your Artificial Plants with Soap and Water

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, Radish and Honeysuckle are some of my favorites.

Dish soap cuts grease and grime, so it’s perfect to clean your plants.

If your plants are plastic or grapevine, submerge them 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 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 base a little with wet fingers to disrupt any dust that had collected there.

Rinse, Dry and Repair Fake Plants

Once you’re done cleaning, rinse with hot water and drip dry.

If any pieces of the greenery fell off in the process, no problem. Just find the little stem that held it and hot glue it back on.

Now your fake plants are all ready for decorating! Because dusty artificial plants are just icky;) Fake plants are a great way to boost your mood and transition your home decor to Spring!

Filling your home with green will definitely chase the winter away and get Spring started.

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  • Lora Bloomquist Lora Bloomquist on Mar 04, 2022

    Thanks for more tips!

  • Beth Beth on Mar 12, 2022

    If you can remove the plant part from the "soil" part, place it in a plastic bag with a tablespoon or so of table salt and shake the bag well for a minute (do this outside if possible in case some salt escapes your grip on the bag). The salt knocks the dust off the plants. Remove the plant. Shake it (outside) again to remove the residual salt. Done!