Give Your Flower Vase A Much Needed Clean With This Simple Hack

Give Your Flower Vase A Much Needed Clean With This Simple Hack

Having elaborate flower arrangements in your home can brighten up your surroundings and add a pleasant fragrance. However, it’s important to ensure that the cut flowers from the grocery store last for more than just a couple of days. To achieve this, you should not only cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, change the water every few days, and remove the submerged leaves but also pay attention to the condition of the flower vase itself. Since vases hold water continuously, they can accumulate mineral deposits that will turn the transparent holders cloudy.

This is especially true if you haven’t changed the water in the vase for a while. A dirty container can also breed bacteria and detract from the beauty of the cut flowers. Thankfully, you can use a simple hack involving denture tablets to clean your vase and restore its clarity. Cleaning the vase regularly is necessary, as cut flowers are very delicate and can start to decompose if placed in a dirty container. Although denture tablets are usually used for cleaning dentures and retainers, they can work wonders for your flower vases with little effort. You can purchase 40 Polident tablets for under $3 on Amazon if you don’t already have them at home.

Denture tablets will clean your flower vases

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To begin, fill a dirty vase with warm water until the cloudy and spotty parts are covered. Or fill it to the top and leave some space to avoid overflow. Next, drop 1 to 2 denture tablets in the water and sit back while they fizz and work their magic. Remember, you might have to add fewer or more tablets based on how dirty the vase is, and if the mineral deposits are fresh or quite old. Leave the solution undisturbed for a few minutes before shaking the container and dumping the fizzy water down the drain.

Your vase should look as good as new. If some spots and streaks persist, grab a bottle scrubber or a gentle toothbrush (depending on how wide the mouth is) to scrub and remove them. Once done, wash out the flower holder with warm water to get rid of the residue and dry it with a clean microfiber cloth. A denture tablet’s composition is the same as most household cleaners and includes active ingredients like potassium persulfate, sodium sulfate, pentasodium triphosphate, sodium perborate, and sodium bicarbonate. This allows them to loosen mineral deposits from your murky vases and kill any lingering bacteria and fungi, too.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.