Keeping water in your Christmas tree stand helps keep your tree looking fresh and green throughout the holiday season, as well as preventing dry needles from dropping off on your carpet. While it's not a common problem, it's possible that contaminants and/or bacteria in the water can lead to a foul odor. The easiest remedy to try is to remove the offending water and replace it, leaving the tree in the stand throughout the process.
Things You'll Need
- Turkey baster or wet/dry shop vacuum
- Paper towels
- Baking soda
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Remove the water from the stand using a turkey baster or a wet/dry shop vac with a narrow nozzle.
Wipe out as much of the interior of the stand as possible, using paper towels, to remove any contaminants.
Mix 1 to 2 tsp. of baking soda into a quart of clean tap water. Use this water to refill the tree stand.