Re: Plants, potting soil & kitchen sink
Posted by ED on March 05, 2004 at 15:16:59:
In response to Re: Plants, potting soil & kitchen sink
Plumbers cringe when anything other than toilet paper (and the natural stuff) is flushed down a toilet. The toilet has a three or four inch drain pipe.

A Kitchen sink normally has a pipe HALF that size!

It's best that you clean your pots out with a garden hose outside.

And use a watering can to irrigate your houseplants.

Why gamble with an impending clog stuffing dirt, etc. down a drainpipe meant to drain water?

It may not happen sooner, but it will surely happen later!

: Hi,
: I and my garden forum friends have a few questions regarding potting soil going down the drain. We tend to water our plants in our kitchen sink because we find it easy to rinse the plants off and water them at the same time. There is a tendensy for a little soil to drain out and go down the sink. I myself admit to washing my used flower pots (98% of soil removed) in my kitchen sink. Our question is, is this a bad habit? Will the soil and perlite found in many soil mixes cause damage or clogs?? If so, what other things should we prevent from going down the drain other than the obvious items like hair, grease, food? Thanks!,
: Indoor Gardener

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