Get efficient and keep your costs per crop down by washing and reusing your fabric pots. Buying new fabric pots for every grow can be expensive. You can save 20 to 30% on your total crop costs by reusing pots.
Why should I wash my fabric pots?
Depending on your growing method, you may want to remove residual chemicals that came from your nutrients and growing mediums before your next grow cycle. Give your new plants a fresh start with clean fabric pots.
How do I wash my fabric pots?
1. Pre-wash with a hose. Try to get the larger pieces of soil and plant material out of your pots by hosing them down.
2. Let them dry. After pre-washing, let them air dry for at least 24 hours. Then shake or knock out any remaining dried-out material.
3. Use an industrial washing machine. It’s ideal to use a separate washing machine to avoid any contaminants that might have been used to wash clothes. It helps to have an industrial model to handle the sediments of the growing mediums. If you’re growing on a small scale and having separate washing machines isn’t possible, that’s ok!
4. Fill the washing machine with fabric pots. Be careful not to overfill. In a basic washing machine, you can fit up to nine 30-gallon pots. Use your best judgement for your own unique washing machine.
5. Add baking soda and white vinegar. This is our suggested detergent. It’s natural and has no chemicals that might bind to the fabric. Alternatively, you can also use an organic detergent to remove the calcium and other residual materials from your pots, since water alone won’t quite cut it.
6. Wash in the coldest water on the heaviest setting.
7. It may require more than one cycle.
8. Air dry completely before putting away. No, do put your fabric pots in the dryer. Air dry completely. If you put away your pots before they are 100% dry, it could invite mildew or mold.
How do I store my pots?
Store your fabric pots in a cool, dry place. Fold them, squish them, bundle them. Store them however you’d like.