A floral preservative helps to reduce bacteria formation to extend the life of flowers. To make your own floral preservative, you will need fresh lemons, sugar and bleach. This formula is for one quart of water, so adjust the amounts accordingly if your vase will have more or less water.
- Fill the vase half full with tap water; in our example, one quart of water fills the vase halfway. It’s best to let the water set overnight to allow chorine to evaporate.
- Squeeze cut lemons to extract two tablespoons of juice. Add the lemon juice to the water in the vase.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of chlorine bleach to the water in the vase.
- Swirl the vase to mix.