I'm not much into doing tutorials. That is, if there are other places where you can find the information on the internet. This is my second year of doing a mass bottlebrush tree bleaching, and I think I have some good tips.
What you will need:
-- bottle brush trees (I bought mine at Michael's)
-- bleach (only $1 at Dollar Tree)
-- wide tooth comb
-- sharp scissors
-- tub or tray to put wet trees in
2. Put the washer on the "drain" cycle, but don't let it spin. When the bleached water has drained, then fill the washer with fresh water to the level you did it the first time.
3. Now the fun. Grab a tree by the base and let it drain into the washer. (Most tutorials finish here). This is a good time to straighten it if the wire "trunk" has been bent. Holding it down inside the washer (to keep the mess captive) comb out the "branches". The big glops of "snow" will come off, but you will still have some left. You will begin to notice long pieces sticking out from the tree farther than they should (these were previously stuck in the snow glop).
3. Over a trash can, give the tree a haircut. Follow the triangular lines of the tree. It is pretty easy to eyeball. Just make sure there aren't a lot of flyaway pieces.
4. Comb the tree out a second time. Try to get all the "branches" parallel to the "trunk". Make sure when you set it down to dry it is looking good, because this is how the branches will be directed when dry. This is what makes a tree really look good. Set it to dry standing upright. It will continue to drain a little, so in a plastic tub or bathtub is a good idea.
(After you drain the washer this time, wipe it out with a paper towel.)
I think you will be surprised how much better your trees look after this process. If you have a tree that gets smushed, this is also a good way to revive it (plain water bath, comb, trim). I like this method because I can do a lot of trees at once, and the mess is contained.
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