Your Christmas tree should look and smell fresh for at least a month, unless, that is, you start treating it with soda pop, disinfectant, booze, fertilizer, or any other additives that are being touted on the Internet as life extenders. One WikiHow article favors 7-Up and some blogs recommend corn syrup and bleach. "It's my 16th year working for the National Christmas Tree Association," Rick Dungey, director of communications at the organization, tells Yahoo Shine. "And I'm always flabbergasted by some of the crazy concoctions I hear about."
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Dungey says the best way to prolong the beauty of your holiday tree is to make sure the trunk has been freshly cut and to keep it submerged in plain tap water. "At this time of year, I always remember what an old tree farmer told me: 'A tree grows out the field for eight years drinking nothing but rain, and then people get it home and give it a 7-Up.'" Adding nutrients such as sugar orRead More »from How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh (Hint: It Doesn't Want a Soda)