I am currently on my 4th grow using 3 gallon fabric pots (and FFHF/FFFOF mix) and i was wondering how you can clean them after each grow? I know that fox farm is heavy on the salts and I’m guessing thats why the pots are hard to clean. Or do people not bother with cleaning them and buy new? Ive always wondered if dirty pots can affect your run off numbers somehow.
I have a newer washer and i put it on high heat and the sanitize setting with no soap. I do soak them outside and try to pre rinse to get most of the salt buildup off first tho. They do feel weaker after a wash cycle tho so i can’t see them lasting long after 2-3 cycles. Ive switched over to rain science bags because of the reusablity and longevity
If they are not too bad I soak in water and Oxy Clean which sanitizes them and cleans them up pretty well. Some small amount of root matter or leftover coco if its sanitized wont hurt a thing.
The real dirty ones I just repurpose to outside grow bags for tomato’s, peppers or whatever.
I normally only have to buy a few new ones each year.
I use fairly heavy duty felt pots from HydroFarm called Dirt Pot. If you have good location like a utility room sink you can soak them in hot water and white distilled vinegar. My utility sink is deep, I’ll fill it approximately halfway and add a half gallon of vinegar, let soak for a few hrs. Stains rinse right off.
Once the bag is dry most of the roots will break off.
I then throw them in a big tub outside and soak them in Oxi. For the bags with stubborn salt stains I’ll add some Flora Kleen.
After all this I switched to Rain Science pots. Unbelievably easy. Rinse with a garden hose and it ready to go.
No problem, it’s funny to me because the wife has always been a advocate for cleaning things with vinegar. I always hated it because of the smell. But have admit, since I started growing I use vinegar to clean grow supplies on a regular basis. I use to remove my water catch trays regularly, now I just wait until the girls are harvested and use same method to clean them. I have a CloneKing cloner, once I remove clones I just run it with a mixture of water and vinegar. It removes all the water stain buildup after running for a couple of hours.
@beardless " RMMMM…some people call it a kaiser blade" (SlingBlade) couldn’t help myself…haha @BrainsandBongs I use vinegar and baking soda together…works like a charm…very effective!! I pt it in a Rubbermaid type tub or big bucket…soak a while then wash! Just like new! …and yea I used oxi one year works fantastic…
@NewGirl I hear ya…I line dry too! @Mosca I hear ya too! They tend to get a lil picky when it comes to the washer and “foreign matter” goes into it…I remember reading about some going to a laundry mat to do them,and how some thought it wasn’t cool either? Hmmm But Ive used my washer after really cleaning all the dirt and fibers as much as possible…Some may say Yuk? but its probably the same as washing your yucky kid clothes after a day in the woods…no?