A properly-brewed cup of tea can practically give anyone joy and comfort, especially when you’re sick or during the cold season. And a beautiful and elegant teapot can definitely make teatime a more enjoyable experience.
However, teapots tend to become stained over time, either by the tea or by other mineral deposits from the water. These stains are not only unsightly, but can affect the overall taste of your tea. And because tea sets can be highly sensitive, you must know how to clean properly.
First to bear in mind is that you must never clean it using a dishwasher or with any harsh chemicals. Here are some household teapot cleaning tips:
Using A Soak
You can fill your tea pot with boiling water, then squeeze the juice from a wedge of lemon and toss in the peel, add 1/8 cup of baking soda. Soak it overnight and wash well in the morning.
Or you can try filling the teapot with boiling water and then add a couple denture tablets. Allow it to sit overnight then simply wash with soap and water in the morning.
You can also put around 1/4 of a tea cup dishwasher detergent into your teapot, add boiling water, cover it and then soak for a few hours or even overnight. Ensure to wash it well to remove all possible detergent residues.
Using A Scrub
If your cleaning soaks still fail to remove all the stains in your Japanese tea sets, then try one of these scrubbing ideas for better stain removal.
First try to gently scrub the stains with a baking soda and water paste. Another option is to scrub tea stains away using baking soda and lemon juice paste.
If those options seem not to work then try making a paste of salt and vinegar. Scrub the stain and wash it off a few hours later. You can also try these cleaning methods on stained tea mugs.
Tea drinking is a great experience if you have a teapot that is reliable and clean. Care for your pots properly and you’ll enjoy a nice hot cup of tea.
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