alternative to bleach for cleaning pots

Mmneedham at Mmneedham at
Fri Dec 7 06:21:30 EST 2001

In a message dated 12/06/2001 7:54:29 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
Grow19 at writes:

> I've heard that there is an effective non-bleach solution to use to 
> sterilize 
> pots and flats.  Can you tell me what it is and how to purchase it?  

I saved the following information from one of my cat lists.  The concern 
there was to kill bacteria without harming kitties.

"A combination of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar will kill almost anything.  
Use separate spray bottles of each so they combine at the site.  Rinse 
afterward.  This ability to kill almost every household pathogen was reported 
in Science News a year or two ago."

I haven't yet tried this myself.  The key seems to be keeping the ingredients 
separate until applied, which may prove impractical on a large scale.

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