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Posted by Lamora 4 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 1, 13 at 13:31

Hi, I was just wondering the best way to clean Clay pots? Make them safe for new plants? I bought one (thrift store) and they don't clean pots. This one smells of something that I can't tell what it is- didn't smell it till after i got it home. But I was wondeing how to "sterilize" a clay pot-- or can you?

thanks
Marjie :)


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Boil it in an old pot. I have an old burnt out pot that I only use for such things. Or soak it in Bleach (10 parts water 1 part bleach) for 12 hours. Soak the bleached pot in water for several days afterward. After that any remaining bleach should evaporate.


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After soaking in the bleach solution for several hours, soak in water for an hour or so then place in the outdoor sunlight for a day. Ultraviolet rays work wonders.


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Thanks!! will do!! ummm sunshine?? HAHAHAHA! Will have to wait for that I think-- still pretty grey out there, no sunshine to be had~~ :( But I will soak it in the bleach for a while and then water-- humm wonder if I can find a container for it, We use the sink too much for that long. I will find something....

Thanks so much!! I wouldn't care so much if I knew what the smell was, but since i don't, I worry....

Marjie


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Thanks Dorie,

I am never sure how long to soak the pot to get the bleach out of something porous like clay. Putting it in the sun is an excellent idea.

Larry


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i thought plastic pots could be sterillized not clay


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Nope. You can boil, bake or soak in bleach. That will kill most things. I say most things because there are some bacteria that can survive boiling. It's a bacteria that one would be concerned about when canning food. That is why one needs to use a pressure cooker for canning non-tomato food. I know of nothing that would harm a plant that would survive boiling.

Larry


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Hi there Larry,

Happy March 1st!! (am getting ready to welcome Spring, can you tell?) ;>)

What excellent info, which I'd never heard before, thanks for sharing it w/ us!


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Yes, clay pots can be sterilized. It's recommended by orchid growers since they're sensitive to a lot of pathogens.


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Hi Karen,

Thank you and Happy March 1st to you too. I can't believe it's March. The winter is going by fast for me this year.

Larry


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Soak them in water for about a half hour and pop em in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour or two. Let them cool in the oven overnight. The steam will sterilize inside the walls of the pots


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yes happy march first everybody!!!!!


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Thanks everyone!! wow- so many ways. I let it sit in water and bleach for about 4 hrs, been sitting in water over hight, haven't taken it out yet. I don't think I will worry about baking it unless the smell is still there. (I hate our oven) but thanks for the tips.

Now for the hard water that didn't come off!! lol, but I can deal with that. Thought the bleach would do that, but there was a lot! oh well, like I said, I can deal with it~~ :)

Thanks again
Marjie


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Nope not bleach, vinegar.

Larry


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Bleach is alkaline, you need something acid to dissolve the mineral deposits. Use white vinegar.


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