Gardening: Mrs Hinch fans share ‘lemonade’ trick to keep flowers fresher for longer

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Bouquets of flowers are a great way to add colour and nature to your home. Roses, tulips and lilies are often popular choices in supermarket bouquets. After a week or so, flowers can often wilt and begin to look withered.

So, how can you keep your flowers looking fresher for longer?

Fans of cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch have shared a “lemonade” trick for keeping flowers looking fresh.

Mrs Hinch, AKA Sophie Hinchliffe, has over four million followers on Instagram and has influenced cleaning fans to create their own social media pages dedicated to cleaning tips and hacks.

In one group, a user asked how she can keep her roses looking fresh.

She said: “Any tricks to keep roses looking fresh.

“Son brought me some yesterday and they are already looking peaky. Thanks.”

The post was inundated with over 300 comments, with the main response being to use lemonade.

A user commented: “Lemonade or a spoon of sugar with tonic water.”

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Another replied: “Diet lemonade and cut the stems

Another user responded: “I put lemonade in mine – lasted three weeks.”

Another said: “Hammer the stems and add lemonade to the water.”

One cleaning fan said: “Cut the stems at an angle and put lemonade in with the water.”

“Sugar or lemonade,” replied another user.

Other users recommended adding a cap full of bleach to the bouquet’s water while others suggested adding a spoonful of sugar.

One user suggested: “A spoon of sugar in the water, change water half way through the week add sugar.”

Another said: “My mother-in-law always told me a teaspoon full of sugar in the water or a spoonful of lemonade.”

“Cap of bleach in the water,” suggested another.

Some users said to add a copper coin to the water while others said to add aspirin, paracetamol or baking soda.

Others suggested cleaning the vase and changing the water daily.

One user suggested adding a banana skin to the water to keep the roses fresh.

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