How to Easily Clean Silk Plants

Moving in frigid temps is challenging enough!  I passed along my beloved fern to a special friend who has a green thumb and packed baskets of silk foliage, easy as 1-2-3.  No bugs, soil or watering to contend with.  I love a little green on shelves and in displays.  The only part I dislike, the enemy, dull, discoloring, dust.

Several years ago my sister, Kim, gave me a simple solution I wanted to share with each of you. 

Kim sends her silks through the dishwasher!!!  Instead of painstakingly cleaning each leaf, she just packs them in.  So, I have been using her method for years and I promise it’s tried and true.

Before I even unpacked dishes to wash in my new dishwasher, I sent the silks through.  All you do is set the light cycle, no drying please unless you like curled leaves, and turn the thing on.  Soap is not necessary either.

When the cycle ends, just give them a gentle shake or two and lay them on old beach towels to dry.  Now that I’m enjoying warmer weather, I spread my towels out on my patio and gave them some winter sunshine.  Have I mentioned, no snow?  I’m loving the temps!

My leaves are all full and luscious once again.  From filthy to silky feels and looks really great!

Join me tomorrow for a Valentine’s treat!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. LDH

    ahh… much better 🙂 Happy unpacking!

  2. Julie Harward

    What a good idea, thanks for sharing it. I have used the tub and the shower head too. I want to see some pictures of your new home soon! ;D

  3. Tessa and Adam

    Let’s see this house of yours! I want pictures after I heard how beautiful this new home is. I am so happy for you guys!

  4. Natasha

    Wow, that is a brilliant idea. I can’t believe that they don’t get damaged. I will have to tell my mum about this-thanks for the tip!

    Best wishes,

  5. Jacqueline

    Fabulous idea! The ones I have in baskets I just hang over the sink and spray them or the big ones I take outside and spray them too. It is gross isn’t it! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  6. Debbie

    Friend, you are brilliant!! (Or I guess your sister is brilliant, and you are a good news carrier.)

    I would never have thought of this, and the cleaning is the one reason that I dislike silks.
    I am definitely passing this along.

  7. kimberryorama

    Not only am I brilliant, but gorgeous and talented too.

  8. Julie

    Wow I have some plants that need a good cleaning. I will be giving this one a try! Hope the unpacking is coming along nicely!!!

  9. Becky

    Wow! I have never even thought of this! Now my only problem is my trees! lol

    Thanks for sharing!


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