How to Get Lime Deposits Off of Clay Pots

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How to Get Lime Deposits Off of Clay Pots
Clay pots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. (Flower pot image by Pupurup from

Lime deposits appear on clay pots from water or soil residue. The deposits look chalky white. While they do not harm the plants, the deposits cause the pot to look dirty and dingy. Use vinegar to remove the lime safely. Vinegar won't harm the surface of the pot, nor will it hurt any plants after it dries. For smaller messes, spot cleaning is more practical. Soak the pots to remove large patches of lime deposits.

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Things you need

  • Empty spray bottle
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Wire brush
  • Mop bucket
  • Running water

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  1. 1

    Fill the spray bottle with white distilled vinegar.

    How to Get Lime Deposits Off of Clay Pots
    Any size of spray bottle will work. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from
  2. 2

    Spray the white distilled vinegar on the lime deposits on the clay pot.

  3. 3

    Scrub the deposits with the wire brush. Scrub inside any designs or etchings.

  4. 4

    Rinse with water.

  5. 5

    Place outside to dry.

  1. 1

    Fill a mop bucket 1/3 full of white distilled vinegar. Add water until the bucket is 2/3 full of liquid.

    How to Get Lime Deposits Off of Clay Pots
    Use a bucket that has enough room for the pot. The pot shouldn't scrape against the sides. (bucket close up image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from
  2. 2

    Place the pot inside the bucket. Let the pot soak for two to three hours.

  3. 3

    Remove the pot from the mop bucket. Scrub off any stuck-on deposits.

  4. 4

    Rinse with running water.

    How to Get Lime Deposits Off of Clay Pots
    A garden hose works well for rinsing, but you can use a sink. (Outside Hose image by Janet Wall from
  5. 5

    Set outside to dry.

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