What’s the first thing you do after being handed a fresh bouquet of flowers? If you asked us the same question, we’d answer with, “put them in a vase!” Glass vases in particular are such a beautiful way to display bouquets of flowers, but after a while, we know that glass vases can get rather dirty.
If you have glass vases at home that could use some cleaning up, here are a few simple techniques that you can try:
1. Use Salt and Vinegar.
While you may think of salt and vinegar as something you keep in your kitchen cabinets for cooking, they can also double as a cleaning product! To create a solution that can clean your vase, take ½ tablespoon of salt, and then add white vinegar until the mixture becomes paste-like. Once you have the right consistency, rub the paste all over the vase, especially those areas that have built up residue from dirty water. After this has been done, let the paste work its magic for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it off – the result should be a sparkling clean vase!
This method is one of the best for when you have vases that are too small or uniquely shaped to fit your hand and sponge into, though you can give it a shot for any glass vase that you have! Simply fill up the vase with hot water (seriously, make sure it’s hot) and then add either one or two alka seltzer tablets in – they’ll take care of the rest!
3. Use baking soda and vinegar.
The vinegar is back! Instead of using salt and vinegar, you can also try to use baking soda and vinegar to get your glass vase looking clean again. First, fill your vase with warm water. Then, add one tablespoon of baking soda (unless the vase is large, in which case you’ll need more) and mix in some white vinegar. When these ingredients get together they should start to fizz, and eventually they’ll begin to work on getting rid of any residue!
We were serious when we said that these techniques were simple! Although it’s a good idea to wash your vases after every use, if that doesn’t do the trick and they start to look cloudy and dirty, the above methods should take care of everything!
Do you have some other techniques you use to keep your glass flower vases clean? If so, be sure to share them with us!