So, you have successfully grown one or more plants and would like to start fresh with a new plant pod.
We recommend cleaning the product before inserting a new pod. Just pour out the water from the unit and rinse the water reservoir carefully with warm (not too hot) water. You may add a little amount of detergent as well. If there is some limescale build-up, this can easily be dissolved with some mild food vinegar or citric acid solution.
Rinse again thoroughly and dry gently with a paper towel.
Also, don't forget to clean the cavities as they are re-usable!
Both the Smart Garden 3 and the Smart Garden 9 can be washed in the dishwasher, but do not use temperatures higher than 60 °C / 140 °F. Please remove the lamp before putting the product into the dishwasher. We do not recommend putting the U-shaped lids and germination domes into the dishwasher, as the warm temperatures may warp them slightly.
In case of a pest infestation, it is necessary to wash and disinfect the Smart Garden thoroughly, and wait at least 3 weeks before planting the next round of pods. This helps to ensure that the pests will not reappear. For instance, ethanol is a good option to use for disinfecting.
Instructions for removing the lid on your water tank may be found here: