26 March 2017 thumb The best way to Clean a Teapot

If you enjoy the gradual and rewarding process of brewing your tea in a teapot, you may wonder how best to clean it thoroughly after each usage. The shape of the teapot makes it hard to clean — it’s difficult to reach the very bottom of the pot and inside the spout. Consider these time-saving and easy tips the next time you brew tea.

Using vinegar

China teapots stain, as do metal teapots. White vinegar is one of the old cleaning favorites. For many years it has been widely recognized as being an effective cleaning product.

If you are cleaning a metal teapot, fill it with hot water, add a good splash of white vinegar and place the teapot on top of the stove to heat it up. Bring the water to a boil (the hot vinegar smells awful!) and let the vinegar and water boil for a few minutes. This acidic solution will cleanse the stained teapot. When you remove the teapot from the heat, pour away the contents of the pot and rinse it out thoroughly before reusing.

The vinegar and hot water cleaning method works well for china teapots, too. You cannot heat the acidic solution (china should never be placed directly on a stovetop burner), and you need to leave it to soak for longer. The tannin stains will disappear after a long soak. Use a small, long-handled brush to clean the spout of the teapot. Push the brush down the tip of the spout and give it a good wriggle. You will be surprised at how much tannin pushes out of the end.

Baking soda

Another environmentally friendly way of cleaning your teapot is to use boiling hot water and baking soda. Fill the teapot with the boiling water and add three heaped teaspoons of baking soda. The moment you add it, you will notice that the hot water begins to effervesce. Leave the solution for a little while. After an hour or so, pour it out and rinse the pot thoroughly before using it again. The inside of the teapot will be clean, but the spout will need to be cleaned using the bottle brush method.