We Tried 8 Different Hacks That Supposedly Keep Flowers Alive Longer To See Which Actually Work

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

Fresh flowers can say “I love you” or “I’m sorry,” or even just light up a room for no particular reason at all.

Unfortunately, their beauty is fleeting. Most fresh-cut flowers will begin to wilt and droop after just a few days.

In order to put off the inevitable dying process for as long as possible, we tested eight hacks that supposedly keep fresh flower alive for longer. We wanted to see which ones actually work.

So we used items that you probably have around the house — bleach, soda, aspirin, vodka, apple cider vinegar, coffee, plant food, and coins — to conduct our experiment.

For said experiment, we added each substance to the flowers’ water and observed its progress (or lack thereof) over 10 days. Some of the secret ingredients certainly sound a little strange, but even so, there are home and garden experts that swear by every one of these.

For instance, the acid inside aspirin is said to help kill the bacteria that causes wilting. Meanwhile, bleach is supposed to dispel the germs that expedite a flower’s death.

Pennies, vodka, and apple cider vinegar also have germ-killing qualities that are considered to help keep flowers fresh.

Of course, not every substance fared equally well. Some test flowers wilted right away (so much for the extra help), but luckily for you and your flowers, we did have a clear winner.

Love to have fresh flowers in your home? Be sure to SHARE this experiment with your loved ones!

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