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    An idea for rinsing media

    Try this: Set up a used bath towel like a hammock, with 4 stakes, one on each corner, with a small depression to accommodate soil media. Then use a garden hose to rinse it through.

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    It's a good idea, unless you have really hard water, or rinse at the end of some RO water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Try this: Set up a used bath towel like a hammock, with 4 stakes, one on each corner, with a small depression to accommodate soil media. Then use a garden hose to rinse it through.

    Man, THAT'S gonna make a heck of a mess in the living room of my apartment.
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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.
    LOL! That almost describes elgecko's approach to watering his Neps that are in hanging baskets, in his kitchen. He waters and then quickly attempts to catch that which goes through, before leaving a mess.

    But yeah, hopefully our compatriots would do this outside....

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    What approach do others have for rinsing perlite?

    I've been putting a bit of cloth like an old T-shirt in the bottom of a plant pot, sticking another pot inside to hold the cloth in place. Fill the inside pot up with perlite and cover with more old T-shirt material - held in place with a rubber band. Then I just pour tap water through the cloth on top for about 5 or 6 rinses and a final rinse or two with RO water.

    Most of the really fine dust gets washed out this way.

    But every time I do it I keep thinking there has to be a better way. Maybe just use an old pillowcase of flour bag (do the still make thise in cloth?) tied shut and hosed down.

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    To rinse perlite I put the perlite in a bucket and add an amount of water that is about double the volume of the perlite. I swish the perlite around with my hand to get the dust off, then use a collander to remove the perlite. For small amounts of perlite, I put it in the collander and spray water on it. Before pouring the perlite out of the bag that it comes in, I spray water on it to keep the dust down to a minimum, as I don't think it's healthy to breathe perlite dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropics View Post
    as I don't think it's healthy to breathe perlite dust.
    No, it's definitely not. Nor is it healthy to breath in peat dust.

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