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What you need:
  • Bleach
  • Large plastic tub
  • Stiff scrub brush
Most pots can be reused over and over. Save for washing only those pots that are in very good condition. Discard any plastic pots that are cracked or otherwise damaged. Damaged clay pots can be broken up and used as drainage crocks in the bottoms of other pots.
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First, soak plastic and clay pots in a large tub filled with hot water in which one or two tablespoons per gallon of chlorine bleach have been added. Let the pots soak in this solution overnight. This will dissolve salt deposits and kill algae and disease organisms on the pots.
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The next day remove the pots and use a stiff brush to scrub away any sediment still on the rim, inside, or bottom of the pot.
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Another quick technique for cleaning pots is putting them in the dishwasher. Before placing in the dishwasher, hose off excess soil. If you use this method be careful to place the plastic pots furthest away from the heating element used to dry the dishes.
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Next, stack your newly cleaned and sterilized pots in a sealed container such as a plastic trashcan or another plastic storage container. This will keep them clean and in good order. Stack together all those pots of the same size and take note what pots sizes you have and which ones you still need.
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If you are going to store them outside exposed to freezing temperatures and not in a sealed container, be sure to stack them upside down so they do not retain water and break when the water inside them freezes.