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Spring break and Daylight savings time are this weekend!  You know what that means?  Spring is in the air!  Yes the warm days will sprout those lovely flowers for us to enjoy inside and out!  I love flowers of all kinds and miss them when the winter months roll around.  I always have cut flowers in my home during the spring,  summer,  and fall months.  In the winter I start bulbs.  I thought I would make an Instructable about how to make a flower preservative and give you a few tips about cut  flowers.  My husband recently bought me some cut flowers.  Unfortunately they did not come with a flower preservative and they were looking a little droopy. I am glad I knew a recipe to use,  so they would not wilt and die.  Let me show you how simple it is to make.

Step 1: Ingredients

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2 Tablespoons white vinegar.
2 Tablespoons sugar.
1/2 Teaspoon chlorine bleach.
1 Quart warm water.


If you don't want to use bleach;  adding any ( one )  of these to warm water before adding flowers are beneficial:

  • 1 crushed aspirin.
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar 
  • 1 Copper penny.
  • 1 Pinch of salt.
  • 1 Pinch baking soda.
  • A good substitute is 7up;  6 oz to a gallon of water.   

There are many different recipes available.  


susanrm3 years ago
Before you buy cut flowers, you may want to see this and similar info. The cut flowers we buy probably were already chemically preserved to survive the trip from Africa, South America, or wherever they will have been grown. Maybe look for growing plants or cut our own flowers instead? :-)


sunshiine (author)  susanrm3 years ago
Great point susanrm! I learn something new everyday here! I appreciate the link! Knowledge is power!
ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks for the recipe, I will keep this in mind when Spring finally comes.
sunshiine (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks for commenting and I hope your spring is filled with pleasant surprises!
rimar20003 years ago
Very interesting, Sylvia! Thanks for sharing it!
sunshiine (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Thank you for stopping by rimar! Hope your creating something to share!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Thanks for sharing this sunshiine! I've heard that some of these ingredients could be used on cut flowers, but I never knew the right recipe and how much to use. I will definitely give this one a try. Its such a shame when those pretty blooms start to wilt.
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Thanks for commenting! Yes it is a shame but you can dry them and make them into something everlasting. I will share soon how to do that! Have a great day!
SIRJAMES093 years ago
TY for sharing Sunshiine!! :)

I never knew you could make your own preservative for flowers. TY :)
sunshiine (author)  SIRJAMES093 years ago
Yes and it is cheap! It works like a dream. Thanks for commenting! Have a Happy Spring.