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Cut flowers need a little maintenance now and then to survive. To keep an arrangement fresh and attractive, you should first clean your vase to eliminate harmful bacteria. Scrub it with a mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water; rinse. After you've set the bouquet in the vase, if the water gets cloudy, remove the blooms, scrub the vase again, and replace the flowers.

Comments (3)

Martha Stewart Member
June 3, 2011
I had said that the tip of the day was lame at best. I think this was the laziest tip I have ever seen! I mean wash the vase and make sure your water is kept clean? Like, duh?!?!? I thought this was just common sense??? How about a concoction of sugar and vinegar? Anybody research this?
Martha Stewart Member
June 3, 2011
I already made a comment....but I see you only post favourable comments and not criticisms?!
Martha Stewart Member
May 30, 2011
I HATE having to delete an ad before I can look at ANY of the "Day's Ideas", recipes, etc.