Bacteria be gone, time to scrub those vases with fair soap.
To enjoy your flowers as long as possible, it's important to use a clean vase. Because if you don't want to drink from it, why would your flowers? Cleaning vases is a much underrated chore. Just rinsing with some soap is not enough to kill all the germs. What does work? We know the answer to that! And better yet, it's sustainable too....
Bacteria growth in your vase is your flowers' worst nightmare. If you let the germs have their way, your flowers may hang or even die. Unfortunately you cannot prevent the growth of germs, but it does help to give your vase a good scrub before you place the flowers and also when you refresh the water. Happy flowers, happy you!
Be fair to your vase with fair detergent
When it comes to taking care of your bouquet, we want to give you the very best tips so you can enjoy your flowers for an extra long time. In the past, we've suggested to use a drop of bleach to keep your vase germ-free. We've are now more aware of the fact that it has a negative impact on the environment.
Because we at bloomon are committed to flowers that make people and the planet happy, we've been searching for eco-friendly alternatives to really clean your vase properly. With a team of bloomies and experts we've conducted lab tests on two sustainable Dutch cleaning products. These tests showed that they are able to clean your vase just as well as a drop of bleach, as long as you probably scrub as well. So we now recommend to use a fair detergent when cleaning your vase. Just make sure when picking a fair product that no cleaning acids (like vinegar) have been added. Also, cleaning your vase is serious business: if you do it often and well, your flowers' lifespan will for sure benefit from it.
This is how you properly clean it
Clean your vase everytime you refresh the water (every two to three days) and when you store you vase again. Make sure that your flowers are comfortable in the vaase and always cut a bit of the stems when you refresh the water. This allows your flowers to optimally take all the water in.
Rinse the vase with water and use a fair detergent with a scouring sponge to properly clean the vase inside and out. Be sure to clean the edges of the neck of the vase, the bottom and the usual waterline where there might be a water imprint.
Rinse you vase with clean water and dry it with a clean dishtowel.
Fill your vase to about a third with fresh, cold tapwater.
Add the sachet of floral nutrition and stir it well. Like a cup of coffee in the morning: a nice first kickstarter. This mix of nutritions makes sure that your flowers get enough energy to flourish. You only add this sachet when you place your bouquet in the vase for the first time. You don't need to add the nutriants again, as long as you keep refreshing the water.
Now it's time for the fun bit, arranging your flowers! Remove the excess leaves from your flowers before you place them in the water. When you find a leaf under the rim of the vase or in the water, remove it. Leaves that hang in the water cause extra bacteria growth.
Give them a long flower life!
Are all your flowers in the vase? Then don't forget to clean your vase every two to three days, cut the stems diagonally and refresh the water! Because if you don't want to drink from your vase, why should your flowers?
Flowers that make people and the planet happy
Flowers are a vital part of our natural eco-system and have a positive effect on your health. That's why we put an effort in for flowers that make people and the planet happy. Join us in our sustainability journet: follow our progress, our findings, the things we face along the way and the challenges we face. Read all our plans on our sustainability page.