Over time, the foliage of houseplants can become dull due to a buildup of minerals from your water or from dust accumulation. While commercial leaf-shine products can be expensive and contain chemicals that are not recommended for your house, this article will teach you how to make indoor plant leaves shiny with organic solutions.

How to Make Indoor Plant Leaves Shiny

There are a number of ways to make your indoor plant leaves shiny without using over the counter shine products. Try any of the solutions below and let us know your favorite way to make your indoor plants shine!

Milk Mixture for Increased Shine

One of the first ways that you can make your plant leaves shine is to combine equal parts of milk and water. Once you have mixed those two liquids in a bowl, use the mixture to wipe the plant leaves. This will enhance the natural shine on plant leaves.

Banana Peels to Make Leaves Shiny

One of the stranger ways to get a more natural-looking shine is to use banana peels to shine houseplant leaves. All you need to do is take a banana peel and use the soft inner part to rub the surface of leaves. By doing this, you will use natural oils from the peel to leave a shine and fragrance in the house. We recommend using banana peels on your leaves at least once a week or whenever the plants need a tune-up.

Use Mayonnaise on Indoor Plants

Who said you need some expensive store-bought product? Another way to make your plant leaves shiny is to put some mayonnaise on a paper towel and gently rub the mayonnaise onto the houseplant leaves to give it a glossy shine.

How to Make Indoor Plant Leaves ShinyMix Soap and Water

By mixing soap and water in a bowl, you can shine drab houseplant leaves. Just make sure to dampen the paper towel in the soap and water and gently clean the plants.

Use a Dusting Feather

Use a dusting feather to sweep your plants’ leaves. While this may work best on thicker and more leafy plants, this is a great way to quickly make your plant leaves shine.


With the cleaning methods mentioned, we highly recommend steering clear of leaf-shine products which can clog leaf pores and leave toxic smells in your house.