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How to clean a teapot properly

a perfect clean teapot

Cleaning your teapots

Sometimes with the house cleaning, I have to clean out the teapot.

Those bits of black that end up in my tea cups and aren't tea leaves are the clues that it's time for me to do something about it.

Reverting to microwaving a plastic jug full of water with a teabag in is just not a good enough solution.

So it's time to clean the teapot and get those ceramics gleaming again.

Is tannin Bad?

Now there is some discussion on this subject that argues tannin (the black stuff) equates to flavour.

There is something in this maybe but as far as I understand this only refers to unglazed pots.

When I say unglazed I mean no glaze inside the pot and the rough surface catches the tannin on it.

Cleaning the pot

This takes two forms either a soak clean in which the action of the cleaning agent loosens the tannin or a scrub.

The scrub with a clean brush which is harder work seems to give me the best result but if too much pressure is applied it can damage the glaze, so I advise care on the first use of this method.

Here are some household tea pot clean tips.

Teapot cleaning using a soak.

1. Fill a tea pot with boiling water, squeeze the juice from a wedge of lemon (1/4 lemon) and toss in the peel, add 1/8 cup of baking soda. Soak overnight, wash well in the morning.

2. Fill teapot with boiling water and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice, soak overnight then wash well in the morning.

3. Fill teapot with boiling water and add a couple denture tablets. Allow to sit overnight then wash with soap and water in the morning.

4. Put about 1/4 of a tea cup dishwasher detergent into the teapot, cover with boiling water and soak for a few hours or overnight. Wash well to remove all detergent residue.

Tea pot cleaning using a scrub.

If your cleaning soaks fail to remove all the stains try one of these scrubbing ideas for more stain removal.

2. Gently scrub stains with a baking soda & water paste.

3. Gently scrub tea stains away with a baking soda & lemon juice paste.

4. Make a paste of salt and vinegar, scrub onto stain and wash off a few hours later.

The tips above will help with mug or tea cups and tea sets stained as well.