Cleaning fabric pots

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by Delztronics, Sep 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

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    Delztronics

    Delztronics Well-Known Member

    I usually pull out the medium and am left with dry roots, it's a royal pain in the ass to pull all of them out. Does anyone else have a different easier way of cleaning these fuckers?
     
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    BobBitchen

    BobBitchen Well-Known Member

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    Delztronics

    Delztronics Well-Known Member

    Good call! Washed them in my washer last round and plugged up the drain.
     
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    xtsho

    xtsho Well-Known Member

    I smack them around to get rid of as much debris as I can, hose them out, let them dry, and smack them around some more. They don't have to be thoroughly washed out. You're filling them with dirt anyway.
     
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    Delztronics

    Delztronics Well-Known Member

    Yep, already did all that. They were outdoors and some got a little mold on em. I'm going to be using them inside this winter and wanted to make sure they were 100% clean.
     
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    xtsho

    xtsho Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't use your washing machine but just soak them in a sterilization solution.

    "One common way to sterilize a Smart Pot is to put it in the washing machine with a sterilization solution. It is important to choose a sterilization solution that is capable of killing bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, OxyClean, or a bleach solution all have the capability to sterilize a fabric planting container. Be sure to rinse thoroughly after the sterilization process to ensure all residuals from the sterilization agent are removed."

    "Gardeners who experience excess salt build up on their fabric containers can rectify the problem with a vinegar water solution. Salt encrusted Smart Pots can be soaked in a vinegar water solution which will break up the salt and remove it from the fabric. Be sure to rinse thoroughly after this process as well."

    https://www.gardenandgreenhouse.net/containers/cleaning-and-reusing-smart-pots/
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    I beat all the dirt out then toss them in the washer. Every so many grows. Other than that I dump them and knock all the dirt out.
     
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    coreywebster

    coreywebster Well-Known Member

    I roll them off the medium when they are dry and bash them about and throw them in the wash. Never had a problem with that.
    They have usually been sat a week or two when I try rolling them off.
     
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    Delztronics

    Delztronics Well-Known Member

    Sweet, thank man!
     
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    xtsho

    xtsho Well-Known Member

    I've never used the washing machine. I was going to one time but the girl caught me and said no.
     
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    Delztronics

    Delztronics Well-Known Member

    I feel ya man, my old lady was pissed when I washed them last time at home.
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    Lol my wife was like your going to washing them in there and I said yes. Her response was you screw it it up your going to get me a new one. Sadly she has horribly expensive taste lol the one she want is some sort of pricy lol more than these Electrolux ones we have. Oh well she lets me get what I want for my rooms lol.
     
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    Delztronics

    Delztronics Well-Known Member

    The guy at the laundromat looked pissed when he saw me putting the pots in.
     
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    Lordhooha

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    Lol he has nothing on my wife’s wrath. She’s ex military too she can get scary lol if your not used too it bongsmilie
     
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    turbobuzz

    turbobuzz Well-Known Member

    We own a Speed Queen washer. That fucker can wash anything you can stuff in it no matter how dirty.
     
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    BigHornBuds

    BigHornBuds Well-Known Member

    FML when you got 20 or 30 10gallon pots to do. I switched to hard wall air pots.
    But this is my method
    Remove medium, let dry.
    Take outside, n rub the fabric together on its self, this will break up all the roots.
    Then I put into a tub , with borax , bleach n dish soap. I hand wash, then rinse n repeat, till cleanish, then they go into a washing machine, then air dry n vacuum packed till there next round.

    It gets old fast.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    i take the fuckers to the laundrymat, stuff them into one of the industrial machines, pay for super wash, hot water, and they come out looking pretty good. i just throw them in a basket wet and let them dry at home, fold em up and use em again when i need them.
     
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    hotrodharley

    hotrodharley Well-Known Member

    Hydrogen peroxide and OxyClean ain't sterilizing anything. Clean? Maybe. 1:100 Bleach:water. That does sterilize.
     
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    gr865

    gr865 Well-Known Member

    I let them dry completely, beat them against something hard to get as much dried material off them as possible, then I put them in a bucket with something like FloraClean. Let them soak for a day or so then rinse and put in a washing machine, put in sun to dry then get ready to use them again.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    hydrogen peroxide sterilizes just as well as bleach. they're both strong oxidozers, and work the same way. bleach is usually stronger, unless you have 30% + peroxide (which i do)
     
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