We've all heard there are ways to make your roses last longer. With Valentine's Day this week, we tried to figure out what works and what doesn't. These are the findings according to realsimple.com.
Aspirin is thought to increase the acidity of the water. Unfortunately, this old favorite doesn't do that much good. In fact, the flowers which got the aspirin looked worst than most of the other remedies.
Listerine added to the water was thought to kill bacteria- just like when it's used as mouthwash. That didn't seem to be the magic ingredient either.
A penny was added to the water since it has antibacterial qualities. Nope! Still not the ticket!
They added a capful of bleach to the water to prevent mold. Actually the roses did fairly well- if you don't mind white stems. Really, the stems turned white. That's what bleach does!
Sugar was added to give it a "sugar rush" like the flowers might get from photosynthesis. Not a good idea. It also promotes bacterial growth.
What did work? You know that little packet that comes with the roses? Use it! It shouldn't surprise us that it's your best bet.
Happy Valentine's Day!