Whether your plant outgrows its current flower pot or you happen to have a casualty, you can reuse the pot without having to discard it. Because there is some danger of disease organisms contaminating a new plant, it's important to not only clean the pot, but to also disinfect it. Once you do, you can feel confident that the container will provide a safe and appropriate home for a new plant.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Scrubbing brush
Dump all debris out of the pots. Fill a sink or dishpan with water. Add 2 tbsp of bleach for each quart of water.
Scrub the pots with a scrubbing brush to remove any stubborn residue. Soak the pots for one to three hours to disinfect.
Remove the pots from the bleach water, and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Dry with clean, old towels. The pots are now ready for reuse.
Tips and warnings
- A fingernail brush can be used as an alternative to a scrubbing brush.
- If the pots are made of clay, soak them in clean water for three hours after disinfecting. This will remove bleach residue.
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