How does one clean or wash inexpensive silk flowers?
Dee from Indiana
You run a sink half full of warm water with a couple of drops of dish soap. Hold a handful of flowers by the stems, dip the flowers in water,swish around for a couple of seconds. Have a towel laid out on the counter, and gently tap the flowers on the towel to take out excess water. That should do it. (09/19/2005)
A lot of people just throw away their artificial flowers and get new ones after they get dusty, but you don't need to do that and waste money.
You can clean artificial flowers and, the best way to do that is to put them in a bag with salt. The salt picks up the dust almost like a magnet and takes it off the artificial flowers.
Also saves on soap and water as well as not throwing them away and spending more money.
I take them into the shower, or use the sprayer on the faucet, or even hose them off. Dry upside down so water doesn't stand in the container. Most so -called silk flowers are polyester and easy to clean. For dry materials, use a blow dryer to blow the dust off. (09/19/2005)
I have also heard that putting uncooked rice in a paper sack and tossing in the silk flowers and shaking it for a minute or two will help also. However, if you do use the liquid method, put a bit of your favourite perfume or even liquid fabric softener in with it, and the flowers will be lightly scented. When the room has the air or heat on, you'll catch whisps of that scent, and it can be lovely.
There is a show on called 'How Clean Is Your House?' It comes on a couple of different channels (in my area Lifetime and Style). Two British ladies go in and clean these disgusting homes. They are a riot, the houses truly are disgusting, but they have wonderful cleaning tips. When the ladies and their cleaning team are done, the houses look fantastic! I have learnt a lot from their tips. Also, I get really in the mood to clean after watching that. My house is not and never will be as bad as the ones shown, but it is incentive to make sure. I want to find that series on DVD and give it to my daughter as a house-warming gift when she moves out on her own next year. (09/20/2005)
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