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Live Christmas Tree? You Need Baking Soda

Two children decorate a real Christmas tree in red baubles.
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Nothing beats a live Christmas tree in your home for the holidays. A live tree makes an excellent addition to your home with its crisp, beautiful pine needles and fresh, woodsy smell.

One way to help your Christmas tree live a little longer is by adding baking soda to its water.

From cleaning windows to whitening teeth, many of us know that baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent. This handy ingredient can also keep your tree looking healthy and fresh thanks to some of those same properties as it can help prevent fungal growth and extend Christmas tree life.

To try this out, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water for your tree. It’s best to add this ingredient once the tree is freshly cut. After the trunk is recently trimmed, the pores are open and ready for hydration.

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Live trees need a lot of fresh water to stay alive and strong. It’s important to keep your Christmas tree hydrated, and baking soda can act as a natural plant food replacement to protect the tree from any pesky bacteria.

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Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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