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    Good question.
    The best reason I can think of was Tropics and Xvart touched on. If you do it outside, you can have the wind at your back and get rid of that dust. I have breathed it and peat dust more times than I care to remember.

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    I don't rinse my perlite... Should I?

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    That's what dust masks are for. Essential tool along with rubber gloves in my opinion.

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    I usually get a huge kitchen seive, and run the water through that. It works good with large perlite etc, sphagnum, not so good with peat
    However you can accomodate, and stick a shirt or something underneath, to catch the 'rinsed' peat
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    Quote Originally Posted by joossa View Post
    I don't rinse my perlite... Should I?
    The thought is that the fine particles can clog the pores of the roots. Whether they do or not I don't think anybody has done a serious study. If you've not noticed any effects from the lack of rinsing then carry on as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fryster View Post
    Man, THAT'S gonna make a heck of a mess in the living room of my apartment.
    That's what the shower/bathtub is for!!! Just epoxy hooks on the sides to hang the towel from and your set!! Great idea huh!? No more messes on the carpet.
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    Steve.... we're both married, still, right?

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    You may be, but if I try that in my house I won't be!!
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    I've never seriously rinsed perlite. I do the thing mentioned like put all the media in one pot, then put twice as much water in and mix around, the scoop out. I'm not that concered with microscopic perlite until proven otherwise. I just feel like dying when I breath it in.

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    Steve.... we're both married, still, right?
    lmao.

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