How to Clean Flower Pots for Reuse

Written by cynthia measom
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How to Clean Flower Pots for Reuse
Make sure to disinfect flower pots before reusing. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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

  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Towels

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  1. 1

    Dump all debris out of the pots. Fill a sink or dishpan with water. Add 2 tbsp of bleach for each quart of water.

  2. 2

    Scrub the pots with a scrubbing brush to remove any stubborn residue. Soak the pots for one to three hours to disinfect.

  3. 3

    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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