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If you’re looking for a way to make the beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers from your partner stay fresh and last longer, then try one of these tips which use common household ingredients to ensure long lasting blooms.


Weirdly, a spritz of Hair Spray can help cut flowers look fresh. Stand about a foot or so away from the flowers and give a quick spray to the undersides of the leaves and petals.


It is important to change the water regularly as one reason flowers don’t last very long is due to bacteria in the water. All of the tricks involving water below should be performed every time the water is changed.


Add fizzy pop to the water. The sugar makes the blooms last longer. Use about a quarter of a cup of the pop. If your vase is clear, use lemonade rather than left over Cola, unless you want your water to look mucky of course.


2 tablespoons of cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of sugar in the vase water will also work.

Vodka, or any clear spirit, will inhibit bacteria growth in the water and help to make the flowers last. You don’t need to put the flowers in neat alcohol though, just a few drops in the water together with a teaspoon of sugar will suffice.


A quarter teaspoon of bleach (three drops) to one litre of vase water will also inhibit bacterial growth and help your flowers look gorgeous.


Putting a crushed Aspirin into the water works for other cut flowers but is particularly effective in keeping roses looking fresh.


Put a copper coin and a teaspoon of sugar into the water. The copper from the coin makes the water slightly acidic which again inhibits bacterial growth.

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