How to Clean a Rubber-Tree Leaf With a Home Remedy

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft clean cloths

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Bowls

  • Sponge (optional)

  • Lemon juice

  • Mayonnaise (optional)

Tip

Add a tablespoon of mayonnaise mixed with a pint of water in a bowl and applied with a sponge or soft cloth to give your rubber tree plant leaves a natural shine. The mayonnaise residue will require more frequent cleanings, however, due to the sticky nature of the mixture.

A rubber tree plant requires only a small amount of plant food and water to thrive.

A rubber tree is a hardy plant that requires little care and thrives in a humid, indoor climate. A member of the Ficus family, rubber tree plants can grow up to 50 feet tall but are typically grown to 6-to-9 feet indoors. The rubber tree plant has broad leaves that, similar to other flat surfaces in your home, can get dirty or dusty. A number of homemade cleaning treatments, starting with water, can be used to clean and even add shine to your rubber tree plant's leaves.

Step 1

Use a damp cloth on the top and underside of each rubber tree leaf to remove dust and light coatings of dirt and grime.

Step 2

Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap to a quart of water into a bowl. Mix well until the water is sudsy. Use a sponge or a soft cloth to wipe each leaf gently -- on top and underneath -- to remove any dried dirt. Use a clean damp cloth to remove any remaining soap residue.

Step 3

Add a teaspoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice -- or 1/2 teaspoon of reconstituted lemon juice -- to a pint of water in a bowl or other container and mix well. Apply the lemon-water mixture to rubber tree leaves that have dirt that cannot be removed with plain or soapy water. Wash the leaves underneath and on top. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any lemon-water residue, which could cause the leaves to burn if placed in direct sunlight.

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Mark S. Baker

Based in Virginia Beach, Mark S. Baker has been working in editorial for more than 20 years. He has served as a writer and editor for publications such as the "Houston Post," "Boca Raton News" and "Interactive Week," among others. Baker also has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and has his own catering business.