Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cleaning Faux Flowers

I have some pretty faux flowers that I have had for several years. These flowers are made from some sort of fabric, not plastic, and of course they are white.  Lately I have been noticing how dingy, dusty, and dirty they were.  I thought they might be beyond saving, but I decided to try washing them first.  I'm embarrassed to say that I would take them outside and shake them, but I had never really cleaned them before.

I placed a bowl in the sink and added a few squirts of Dawn dish liquid and warm water.  (I didn't think to take any before photos or photos while washing the flowers).  Then I immersed the flowers and let them soak.  After soaking for a few minutes I swished the flowers around in the soapy water.  Then I dumped the dirty water, rinsed the bowl and refilled is with clear cold water.  I again dipped the flowers and swished them around until they were thoroughly rinsed off.  

I hung the flowers over the sink to drip dry.

Once they were no longer soaking wet, I placed them on the stairs near the wood stove until they were completely dry.

The flowers came out better than I could have hoped.  

They look as good as the day I first brought them home.

☕  ~ Gloria


  1. Wow, this is good to know, Gloria! One thing I have tried with silk floral arrangements (I read this hint somewhere) it to take them outside after a fresh snowfall and swish them through the snow. It does actually work, quite well, but your hint is much more practical!

  2. Wow, what a great idea! I love this! Thanks for sharing - I definitely plan to use this to help my home get in making beautiful.


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