The Problem with Artificial Greenery . . .


. . . is that it gets dusty!

When we were decorating for Christmas, Hubby pointed out  a cobweb extending from the artificial greenery on  top of one of the kitchen cabinets to the top hat light above it!  I didn’t think it was very noticable even after he pointed it out, but it was definitely a signal that it was time to clean that green stuff.

Hmmm, but how to do it?  When I had washed artifical greenery in the past  it had always been in warm weather.  I would take them out on the deck, hose them down, and then let them dry in the sun. 

But I really needed to wash them now — who knew how many more cobwebs were in the making?  I was thinking maybe in the shower.  But Hubby made a better suggestion.  He thought it might work well to wash them in the bath tub, letting the jets agitate them in the soapy water a little.  Brilliant!

So, we gathered the greenery from on top of the cabinets and some from other parts of the house too, and put them all in the tub with some squirts of dishwashing soap and lots of warm water.

100_3976e11   I can just imagine all that green stuff saying, “Ahhhh, finally!”  By the way, FYI, the brown isn’t dirt (they weren’t that dirty!).  I guess designers of green stuff  do that for people like me.  No one would ever believe I would have plants in my house without some dead leaves on them.  The brown makes them much more believable!

100_3977e11    After the tub was full, I turned on the jets for about 30 seconds.  I was afraid to do it any longer than that, and I watched the jets very closely to make sure none of the vines got into them.  I think that could be bad for the jets and the vines too! 

100_3981e1   After their bath, I layed towels on the bathroom floor and spread them out to dry.

100_3990e1  When they were no longer drippy, I moved them to the edge of the tub to complete their drying time (and to get them out of the way).  I kind of liked this look, but I suppose if I left them there, it would be a little tricky to use the tub.  A leap over greenery into a bath tub isn’t a good idea even for children, much less grandmas!

100_4684   A few hours later when they were dry, we returned them to their “homes” on top of the cabinets.  I really can’t tell much difference in the way they look, but there is some satisfaction in just knowing that they are clean.  (And, while I was giving the greens their “bath,” Hubby vacuumed the tops of the cabinets and the lights.  After 43 years, we work well together.)

Mission accomplished, but also a lesson learned.  From now on, I’m really going to try to remember to wash these babies in the fall, before it gets cold, so that I can do it outside.  There was one big negative to doing it this way — a realllllly dirty bath tub that I didn’t enjoy cleaning at all!

But, if the green stuff could talk, I’m pretty sure they would say thank you.  Don’t we all feel better after a nice soak in the bathtub?


p.s.  My friend, Hilary, left the following comment that I think is just too funny not to share.  It will be especially funny for those of you who remember Laurel and Hardy and Hardy’s trademark line, “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into.”

Hilary’s comment:  “So, when you were done washing the plants and noticed the tub, did you put on your very best Oliver Hardy voice, turn to your husband and say.. “Well, here’s another vine mess you’ve gotten me into!” 

Thanks, Hilary.  For a great closing line for this post!

17 Responses to The Problem with Artificial Greenery . . .

  1. Hilary says:

    So, when you were done washing the plant and noticed the tub, did you put on your very best Oliver Hardy voice, turn to your husband and say.. “Well, here’s another vine mess you’ve gotten me into!” 😉

  2. Sandra says:

    I love that, Hilary! You are so clever. Thanks for making me laugh.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hilary — p.s. I’m going to add your comment to the post. It’s just too funny not to share!

  4. Hilarious. Smart. Beautiful bathroom; reminds me of mine, only with lighter colors. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  5. tz says:

    wow…not only impressed you figured out how to clean your greenery, i’m even more impressed you do it at all 😉

    I type this as i’m procastinating doing the dishes…

  6. Sandra says:

    tz — You can be forgiven dusty greenery and a few pesky dishes. You are doing much more important things — like raising great kids and becoming a nurse — both muccch more important. I know your husband must be so proud of you. And, I’m proud to know you! 🙂

  7. Beth says:

    Great idea! I bet those plants are all relaxed now. I would be, after a soak in that great tub!

  8. Sandra says:

    HPKT — Thank you. I’m not sure it’s a great “tip” after seeing how grungy it made the tub! But, I suppose if I did it more often, I could save myself that!

  9. Sandra says:

    Beth — Yes, they do appear more relaxed. A bath will do that to all of us, won’t it? 🙂

  10. It’s almost like you developed mothering skills AFTER Gunny and I were grown. Oh how I wish you had noticed our cob webs.

  11. Sandra says:

    Jen — That’s just the point! I didn’t have time to worry about cob webs when I was raising you and Gunny! I was too busy micro-managing you two! 🙂

  12. Barb says:

    Sandy, Isn’t it ‘cute’ how hubbies can see the cobwebs? Mine sees them before I do. I say that it’s because he is closer (taller) to them….and looking for them.(:]) I have found the tub method to be the best way to clean them.

  13. Sandra says:

    Barb — Husbands do seem to have an “eye” for those little things, don’t they. 🙂

  14. Amy O says:

    Great idea! A day at the spa.

  15. Sandra says:

    Amy — Yes, they do look more relaxed, and maybe a little “tanner.” 🙂

  16. Tara says:

    Where did you find the greenery?

  17. Sandra says:

    Tara — At a local decorating store, Rustic Hutch.

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