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I have this plant that has some neem/soap residue and consequently its' leaves are really sticky and awful. I've tried cleaning them off with warm water but it hasn't helped.

Any idea what I could use to help out my poor plant?
 

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A little lemon juice weakly mixed in with water. I use that to clean the leaves from time to time. It gets rid of some residue. Hope that helps.
 

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You can just rub the leaves with a cut lemon (or lime), actually. But I think that works best for hard water stains. Not sure about the goop you have. Milk is supposed to be a good leaf cleaner, too.
 

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Thanks. I wondered about lemon juice, if that would be astringint enough.
Yeah, the "goop" ended up being pretty nasty! I made a few mistakes with this plant. Fortunately, it is on the rebound.
 

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Milk is a very good leaf cleaner, but I don't know that it would cut oily residue. If not lemon juice, maybe just plain dish soap? (diluted, of course)
 

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SlipperFan said:
Milk is a very good leaf cleaner, but I don't know that it would cut oily residue. If not lemon juice, maybe just plain dish soap? (diluted, of course)
Hey, maybe you can use the biodegradable stuff. I use this one called ecosaver on all my dishes, and it works really well at getting grease off of dishes. It isn't pretoleum, but plant based, so i don't think it would harm the plants. And, it's 3.50$ (I get mine at Whole Foods).
 

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