Terracotta plant pots are notorious for getting a white residue on them over time. It looks bad but don’t worry, cleaning clay pots is quick and easy. In this blog post, The Organic Street will show you exactly how to clean terracotta pots in 3 simple steps!
One of the advantages of using terracotta pots is that they absorb water from the soil, and help prevent over-watering your plants but beware – terracotta pots also absorb fetilisers, salts andnon-desirable chemicals that are found in tap water. Over a prolonged period of time these ge
But, terracotta pots also absorb fertilisers, as well as salts and other chemicals that are commonly found in tap water. Over time, these salts and chemicals will build up and create a crusty or chalky white residue on your terracotta pots.
To prevent this, The Organic Street recommends using rainwater to water your plants rather than tap water. And use organic fertilisers
Some gardeners really like the look of white, snow-crusted old terracotta pots, and don’t want to clean them. Unfortunately, using dirty pots over and over again can be very unhealthy for your plants particularly considering the salts and chemical build up.
- Pot brush
- White vinegar
- Organic apple cider vinegar
Step 1: Remove any loose dirt from the pot. Use your pot brush to clean as much dirt as you can off of the clay pot. You don’t need to be super fussy here, cause you don’t need to get all the dirt off. Just brush off the loose dirt, and any large chunks of soil that might be stuck to the pot. The rest will come off in the next steps.
Step 2: Soak clay pots in vinegar/ apple cider vinegar /water solution.
Use 1 cup of white vinegar (5% acidity) for every 3 cups of water and 50mls of apple cider vinegar for ever 3 cups of water. The less white vinegar you use in the water, the longer you’ll need to soak the terracotta pots.
Engulf the terracotta pots in the solution. You may hear a sizzling sounds or see bubbles. You may hear sizzling. That’s the combination of the vinegar doing it’s job at dissolving the white buildup, and the terracotta pot absorbing the water.
Soak for 40 minutes. If the residue doesn’t come off by then – leave for longer until complete. You may need to use your pot brush to scrub some of the residue off.
Step 3: Scrub the terracotta pots!
As a last step, scrub the terracotta pots.This will help to disinfect the pots and clean them. Use boiled water which has cooled down or rain water to rinse the terracotta pots.
That’s it, you’re done! Easy!