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Brad Canning reveals he uses milk for shiny indoor plants

From dull to shiny: plant lover reveals the unusual ingredient with which he polishes his houseplants indoors

  • A plant lover has revealed that the secret to shiny indoor plants is milk
  • Brad Canning uses skim milk to clean plants, giving them shiny leaves
  • Milk acts as a natural leaf shine and contains nutrients to promote plant growth


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A plant enthusiast has revealed why spraying milk on indoor houseplants can keep them looking ‘shiny’ for longer.

Brad Canning, from Melbourne, shared a TikTok video show how his houseplants have perfectly shiny leaves by polishing them with skimmed milk and water.

The milk mixture acts as a natural leaf shine and contains nutrients such as calcium and protein that can aid plant growth.

Did you know that milk can really help your houseplants? I know it sounds a little crazy, but the reason we use milk is because the proteins in the milk help break down the residue on the leaves to give it that shine we all love,” Brad said.

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A plant lover has revealed why spraying milk on indoor houseplants can keep them looking 'fresh' and 'shiny' for longer

A plant lover has revealed why spraying milk on indoor houseplants can keep them looking 'fresh' and 'shiny' for longer

A plant lover has revealed why spraying milk on indoor houseplants can keep them looking 'fresh' and 'shiny' for longer

Before and after: A plant lover has revealed why spraying milk on indoor houseplants can keep them looking ‘fresh’ and ‘shiny’ for longer

To make the DIY solution at home, combine 3/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of milk in an empty spray bottle.

“Give it a bit of a mix and it’s ready for your plants,” said the graphic designer.

“You just want to spray on the leaves and wipe them down well. Then grab a dry cloth and wipe off any residue.’

Brad said he prefers skim milk because it mixes better with water.

“Another advantage of the diluted milk is that it actually has no smell, so it doesn’t smell and it doesn’t attract insects, so this is perfect,” he said.

He said it’s important to wipe the leaves occasionally to keep them free of dust, as the buildup can keep the plant from absorbing sunlight.

“So dust on the leaves prevents the plants from getting what they need from the sun,” he explains.

Graphic designer Brad Canning (pictured) shared a TikTok video showing how his houseplants have perfectly glossy leaves by polishing them with skim milk and water

Graphic designer Brad Canning (pictured) shared a TikTok video showing how his houseplants have perfectly glossy leaves by polishing them with skim milk and water

Graphic designer Brad Canning (pictured) shared a TikTok video showing how his houseplants have perfectly glossy leaves by polishing them with skim milk and water

To make the DIY solution at home, combine 3/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of milk in an empty spray bottle

To make the DIY solution at home, combine 3/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of milk in an empty spray bottle

To make the DIY solution at home, combine 3/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of milk in an empty spray bottle

To make the DIY solution at home, combine 3/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of milk in an empty spray bottle

To make the DIY solution at home, combine 3/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of milk in an empty spray bottle

He just sprayed the leaves and wiped clean with a cloth

He just sprayed the leaves and wiped clean with a cloth

He just sprayed the leaves and wiped clean with a cloth

He just sprayed the leaves and wiped clean with a cloth

He simply sprayed the leaves and wiped them clean with a cloth. It is important to wipe the leaves to keep them free of dust, as the buildup can block the plant from absorbing sunlight

The milk made a huge difference to the leaves

The milk made a huge difference to the leaves

The milk made a huge difference to the leaves

His video has since been viewed more than 25,000 times and many said they never knew you could use milk as a leaf shiner.

“Wow, just tried it and it totally works. Thanks for sharing,” one wrote, while another added, “Wow, I never knew this.”

Others asked if they could use any kind of milk, to which Brad replied, “Unfortunately can’t be plant-based, skim mixes better with milk.”

Milks like almonds and cashews don’t have active cultures that contain the brilliant benefits like dairy alternatives, so it won’t work on plants.

While some said they have been cleaning their houseplants with milk for years, while one woman said, “My grandma taught me this trick years ago.”

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