How to Clean a Flower Vase

Cleaning a vase is a simple task. image by Dave Pape:


When the fresh flowers you picked from your garden are beginning to wilt and it's time to swap them for new ones, you may notice a green sludge at the bottom of the vase that wasn't there before. Perhaps your vase wasn't even used for flowers and still looks dirty on the inside; either way this is easily remedied. With a few things you may already have around the home, your vase can be cleaned with minimal effort and time.

Several Simple Suggestions

Step 1

Fill the sink with warm soapy water, and add a cup of white vinegar. Set the vase in the water, and make sure that it is completely submerged. Allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it out. Set the vase upside down on a clean towel to dry.

Step 2

Sprinkle baking soda into the vase liberally, and pour white vinegar into it. The vinegar and baking soda will have a caustic reaction to each other, and the bubbles will help to loosen dirt and debris inside the vase where you may not be able to reach with your hands. Be sure to clean the vase in the sink or bathtub in case it overflows. Rinse the vase out well under warm running water, and allow it to air dry upside down on a clean dry towel.

Step 3

Pour hot water into the vase, and add a denture tablet. Allow the vase to sit for 3 to 4 hours before rinsing it out with warm water. Allow the vase to air dry upside down on a clean dry towel.

Step 4

Mix table salt and white vinegar into a paste, and gently scrub the inside of the vase with the paste and a soft clean cloth. Rinse the vase well, and allow it to dry upside down on a clean dry towel.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives that may damage the vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Clean dry towel
  • Baking soda
  • Denture tablet
  • Table salt


  • Tips for Cleaning Vases

Who Can Help

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About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

Photo by: Dave Pape: