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Dear Heloise: Could you run the item again about getting the salt and other properties out of clay pots so they can be reused for a new plant? Dawn Conklin, Plano, Texas

I sure can and am happy to! This common problem is usually caused by lime and mineral deposits from water that leach out through the porous clay.

First, wash the pot with soap and water and rinse well to remove any dirt. Then simply wipe the pot down, using white household vinegar on a rag or sponge to remove the white stains.

Once they’ve disappeared, let the pot dry very well. Then you can seal the pot with a spray or brush-on acrylic sealer, inside and out.

That’s all there is to it and it’s ready for another blooming plant. Here’s to your green thumb. - Heloise

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