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This Vinegar Hack Could Help Your Flowers Last Longer

Three bouquets of hydrangea in white vases.
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You likely already know about vinegar’s stellar cleaning abilities, but did you know this common household substance can also make your fresh-cut flowers last longer? Yes, really!

Thanks to its high acidity level, vinegar is often used as a cleaner. When mixed with water, it can remove everything from soap scum to grease. Less well-known, though, is the fact that its acidity can also help cut flowers thrive (unlike that poor soap scum).

To try this hack, add two or three tablespoons of white vinegar to the water of a floral arrangement. The key, however, is to also add an equal amount of sugar. These two seemingly opposite household items work together to feed the plants, while also keeping them clean.

The vinegar lowers the pH (upping the acidity) of the water. This creates an environment in which germy little microbes (which cut the life expectancy of flowers) can’t thrive. This cleaner environment and lower pH help the flowers absorb water more effectively, and that’s where the sugar comes into play.

The carbohydrates in the sugar essentially act as plant food. They’re absorbed by the flowers, thus, extending their bloom time.

So whether you’re looking to extend the life of a Valentine’s Day bouquet, some Easter flowers, or just some lovely flowers you picked up at the shop, just add a little sugar and vinegar. You can also use this watering tip if you’re as forgetful as we are.

[Via My Domaine]

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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