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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cleaning Potting Mix & Pool Filter Sand in Bathtub?

I am setting up a NPT and want to soak/clean the Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix and Pool Filter Sand that I bought.

I live in an apartment, and access to a spigot and hose is not convenient.

Can I (carefully) clean them in my bathtub without worrying about clogging the drain?

Any other ideas for what I could do?
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I think so. For play sand, I use a bucket, add the sand and then stick it under the faucet in my tub. I sit on the side of the tub and swish it with my hand. Then after, I let it settle for about 5-10 seconds and then pour out the cloudy water, repeat. Rinse repeat.

I live in a house on a septic tank and there is very little sand that goes down the drain and I'm not worried about it clogging anything up. I did this today actually. I have cleaned it outside, but its too cold right now!

I can't comment on the dirt because I haven't done that in the tub......yet!

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I'd be careful. I'm not too experienced with this as all my experience comes from setting up one 2.5 gallon tank.

Just make sure it's in something. I got a little bit of sand just into the tub itself and couldn't get it out. I don't know if it's the shape of my tub but they wouldn't go down the drain. I had to get as much as I could out with a wet paper towel.

My kitchen sink got clogged from washing out the bin I had used to hold the potting soil.

I'm sure you can do it I'd just be careful.

Also take anything I say with a grain of salt because I'm a newbie.
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