DIY plant/leaf shine/cleaner

by Karen
I have a Hoya plant (thick,shiny leaves) that I put outside for the summer. We use our well water for watering which has a lot of minerals it and now my Hoya leaves have "water spots." I'm bringing the plant in for winter and I'd like to clean off the leaves. Any ideas? Wiping off with a damp rag doesn't remove the spots. I really want to try some coconut oil. Call me crazy but it's supposed to be good for everything!?
  7 answers
  • AvonelleRed AvonelleRed on Nov 08, 2014
    I wouldn't use anything but plain water on a rag. Oils and mayo and such can block the pores in the leaves.
    • Karen Karen on Nov 08, 2014
      @AvonelleRed Thanks, that's what i've been reading. Water and rag aren't taking off the mineral spots tho...
  • Dorothy Dorothy on Nov 09, 2014
    If the spots are just on the surface of the leaves you might try a diluted vinegar solution and then rinse with water. If they are spots of actual damage then nothing is going to remove them. My mom used to "shine" the leaves of her houseplants (the ones with very smooth/waxy surfaces like philodendron) with skim milk mixed half and half with water and just use a rag or paper towel damp with this to wipe off any dust. The plants thrived so doubt it did them any damage.....the stomata (pores) on most leaves are on the underside.
    • Karen Karen on Nov 09, 2014
      @Dorothy Thanks Dorothy! We drive through Fallon going from Idaho to California quite a few times a year! We're neighbors!!! LOL
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Nov 09, 2014
    Avonelle's advice is correct. I think it's better to live with the spots than to risk suffocating the plant.
    • Karen Karen on Nov 09, 2014
      @Douglas Hunt Thank you! Don't want to harm the plant.
  • Meem Kaplan Meem Kaplan on Nov 09, 2014
    It's a tough decision since the Hoya leaves don't fall off for a Very long time. I grew up with my mom's Hoya in the living room and remember it quite well. It's tough finding another. I have a smaller leafed Hoya that blooms with the pink rather than the red and it isn't as fragrant and doesn't drop the nectar. I miss the taste of the big Hoya's nectar! That and watching the vine move about with the sun.! A side note is that my family used to drive through Fallon (and look for the "castle on the hill" to visit my grandmother in Eureka, UT. We lived in the Sonora CA area and took Sonora Pass every year from when I was 8 until I was 16. Waaaaay back in the 60's! I now live on the coast of Washington. There are some leaf cleaners in some of the home DIY stores if you absolutely cannot stand the spots! With our well water, I water very carefully!
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    • Meem Kaplan Meem Kaplan on Nov 11, 2014
      @Karen Oh how wonderful! I wish I had my mother's plant!
  • Sarah Tait Sarah Tait on Nov 09, 2014
    They do make a commercial leaf shine spray....not sure where I got mine but I use it and have no problems with it. Try Walmart!
  • Bernie Runk Bernie Runk on Nov 09, 2014
    I wash my plants with cotton dipped in milk.They shine like glass
  • Marci Marci on Nov 24, 2014
    Clean leaves with cotton ball dipped in milk