How To: A Recipe To Clean Mineral Deposits From Terra Cotta Pots

266212408 e63d265846 300x225 How To: A Recipe To Clean Mineral Deposits From Terra Cotta PotsSpring seems to take it’s time coming every year, but there are plenty of seeds to buy, and pots to ready in the interim before you can begin the all important planting process, so grab a scrub brush and an empty spray bottle to concoct your eco-friendly flower pot cleanser in, and let’s get started!

What You Need:  

  • Scrub brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Vinegar
  • Tap water
In your spray bottle combine equal part water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. Gently agiitate the mixture for 20 seconds, and prepare to spray your pots either outside the house, or inside a deep kitchen sink.  Thoroughly spray the entire pot inside and out, and scrub gently, the white residue should flake off easily.  Allow the pots to dry before filling them with dirt, and they will look like new!
Your Thoughts:  This has worked well for me, what do you use to spiff up your pots?
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  1. Janet says:

    I’m wondering if I could clean the outside of a pot while something is planted in it if I was really careful not to get the cleaning solution on the plant or soil, and if I rinsed the outside of the pot well with water after I’d cleaned it.

  2. Amy says:


    I would proceed with caution. Unfortunately terra cotta is very absorbent, and might wick the alcohol and vinegar through into the soil. I haven’t tried cleaning the pots once they are planted, so if you want to give it a try, I would clean a pot first that holds something easily grown (like Marigolds), that way if the plant doesn’t make it you won’t have a hard time replacing the plant.


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