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What is the best way to clean/ disinfect plant pots that I have used this year so I can reuse next year?


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,180
    I just use soapy water and an old washing up brush. Finding the right brush is the hardest bit as you need something that gets into all the corners but an old paintbrush will do the job at a push.
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,171
    edited September 2019
    Some people will tell you they don't bother to clean them, so you may decide not to bother.
    Personally,  l just use washing up liquid, (dissolved in water obviously !) , and an old paintbrush. 
    I just prefer to have them stored without a load of old compost etc all over them.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Any teenager who could design a cheap, quick and easy system for cleaning plant pots would be well worth a GCSE.  Maybe we should tell the exam boards.  Or we could just pay the teenagers to do it for us.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,302

    I've got one of these, and i just use some soapy water.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,740
    I've never cleaned a plant pot ,nor had any plants suffer because of being in "uncleaned" pots
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,629
    Me neither @Hostafan1
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  • B3B3 Posts: 27,015
    I tap them to knock out anything crawling .
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Not cleaned a pot yet.  Maybe if I knew when it was needed?  But I don’t think I’ve had any diseased plants...except perhaps black spot on roses.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I sometimes swish them in the ever present water tray down by the tap. Sometimes, really means occasionally. Some of the ones I use regularly for cuttings etc are often sitting permanently in the tray there.
    Seems to be enough. 
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  • B3B3 Posts: 27,015
    Do you use it with a dash of harpic @LG_?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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