How to Get Floral Putty Out of a Dish

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Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife

  • Paper towel

  • WD-40 or vegetable oil

  • Dish soap

  • Sponge

Floral putty helps secure floral arrangements in a vase or other dish. The putty prevents movement of floral foam and the actual flowers so an arrangement retains its form. Floral putty is malleable, yet sticky enough to adhere to surfaces. When you no longer have use for a floral arrangement but would like to reuse its dish, you may find the putty is stuck fast and difficult to remove. In most cases, you simply need to add the right product to aid in the removal.


Step 1

Push a butter knife into the dish and try to pry up the edges of the putty with the knife. Scrape up as much as you can and place the retrieved pieces of putty on a paper towel for disposal.

Step 2

Spray WD-40 or a similar lubricating oil into the dish, covering the floral putty. Allow it to sit for 3 to 5 minutes. If you do not have WD-40 on hand, pour vegetable oil into the dish and let it sit for the same amount of time.

Step 3

Use the butter knife to remove the remaning putty, which should now be loose enough to remove fully.


Step 4

Pour a few drops of dish soap into the dish. Add warm water and scrub it out with a sponge.

Step 5

Rinse the dish out with warm water. Dry it with a towel.