Cleaning Flower Pots Without Chemicals
Posted By
Kim Tritz
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • Empty old flower pots
  • Basin, buckets, or sink
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Towels or rags for drip drying

Project Steps


Did you know it's important to clean and sanitize your flower pots and starter cells/pots you're reusing, before planting for the season? If you have less-than-stellar herbs, veggies, or flowers, they could have pests in the soil. Pests, bacteria, or fungus growing in your herbs, flowers, or veggie soil could be one big reason why your plantings weren't what you hoped for. Those unwanted troublemakers will live in your pots, unless you clean and sanitize them. You can do this at the beginning or the end of the growing season, and the whole process will be done chemical free, in no time!

Step 1

Get your SteamMachine ready to go. Fill the tank with distilled water using the provided funnel, put the cap on, plug it in, and press the on button. It will be ready in under 10 minutes, so you don't have to wait around! I added the nylon brush attachment so I could scrub the dirt out a little easier.

Step 2

Clear out all the dirt and remaining plants from your pots and soak them in hot soapy water. If there are mineral deposits on the pots, you can scrape them off if you like (or leave them on for character too!).  You'll want to wash off the dirt, or scrub out whatever is caked on, then rinse. I used the nylon brush attachment to scrub a bit of the caked on dirt.

Step 3

You can use the nylon brush or add the jet nozzle. Pull the trigger, and steam the inside and outside of the pots. 99% germ free, here we come!

Step 4

You can let them dry in the sun, on paper towels, dish towel, towels, or right in the sink, and the pots are done! They're ready for spring gardening, or you can even store your pots for the season.  

Head to the Farmhouse Made blog to learn more. 

You can watch me on Facebook Live, showing you how quick these steps are right here: 

Amazing Container Garden Tip - Sanitize with Steam! 

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