How to Eliminate Salt Build Up on Clay Pots

Eliminating salt build-up on clay pots is easily done with some plain household vinegar.

Steps

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    Brush off as much loose salt as possible from the pot.
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    Dampen a clean white rag with some vinegar. Wipe across the salty areas to remove the build-up.
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    Allow area to dry for a few hours, and reapply the vinegar if there are still salt marks.
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    After you've removed the salt marks, wipe down the clay pot several times with a wet rag dampened in water. Unglazed clay is an absorbent material and will "soak up" the vinegar, and may eventually find its way to the roots as you water the plant in the future.

Tips

  • If the pot has an exceptionally heavy build up, you might want to remove the plant and use a scrub brush with vinegar to clean off the salt. In this instance, you can soak the pot in a bucket of water for a few hours to remove any vinegar residue.

Warnings

  • Be very careful you don't get vinegar onto any part of a plant or roots. Vinegar is an acid and will kill any vegetation. If you're removing the salt by hand, cover the leaves with a cloth so you don't accidentally get vinegar onto the plant

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