Keep Fresh Flowers Lasting Longer With Crushed Aspirin

Keep Fresh Flowers Lasting Longer With Crushed Aspirin

If you don’t have a green thumb, keeping that beautiful bouquet of flowers alive may seem difficult. But if you’ve got some aspirin lying around, household blog DIY Life has a tip for making them last longer — no green thumb required.

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DIY Life explains that aspirin (the real kind, like Bayer, and not common pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen) keeps flowers fresher by optimising water conditions:

The next time you get a fresh bouquet, crush a few aspirin tablets using the back of a spoon and add the powder to a vase filled with water. The salicylic acid in the aspirin will help keep the water clean and free of flower-damaging bacteria.

If you don’t like the aspirin idea, you can also try this solution of sugar, bleach and lemon juice to keep your flowers lasting longer. Apart from its pain-relieving powers, aspirin can also be used to keep dandruff at bay. If you’ve tried the aspirin trick before, let’s hear how it worked for you in the comments.

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  • I’m pretty sure the Mythbusters covered this awhile ago. Their conclusion was that just plain water was the best way to go. Aspirin and all the other house wives tales didn’t really do anything!!

  • I really beg to differ, as I always try the aspirin trick and my flowers that I buy for my mrs seem to last a little longer, keeps her smiling even longer which is a good thing I would say, also can buy plant food from the florist as well, some little gel caps also. Some even give it to you for free which is always an added bonus.

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