Choosing a Product for Cleaning a Teapot
Some people don’t feel very comfortable with the idea of using conventional cleaning products for cleaning teapot stains – but rinsed off thoroughly, a little dishwashing liquid, like one from Persil’s range of washing up liquids, is not going to damage your pot. Usually, a rinse alone will do the job.
If you want to pick a homemade cleaning product over conventional store-bought cleaning products, lemon juice or vinegar are safe options. You can mix both with a little baking soda for a clean teapot. Once again, rinse thoroughly – while lemon is a pleasant accompaniment to tea, vinegar and baking soda will taste (and smell) unpleasant!
When cleaning a beloved old teapot, particularly one with an attractive glaze, you may want to be cautious with homemade cleaning products – test any cleaning solution on a small, unnoticeable area of your pot before applying it liberally.
How to Clean Teapots
The basic method is very simple: soak a sponge in your chosen cleaning solution, scrub your teapot, and rinse it afterwards with hot water to remove any remaining product. The following tips will help you clean a teapot thoroughly:
- If you have the habit of putting sugar straight into your teapot, you should be a bit more careful – you don’t want bacteria to feed off the sugar, so in this case, a bit of soap or liquid dishwashing detergent mixed with hot water is essential to make sure you’ve removed every single bit of sugar.
- If you have some truly stubborn stains, dilute either liquid dishwashing detergent or vinegar with water, fill the pot, and leave overnight. The marks should be easy to scrub off in the morning.
If you’re wondering how to clean a teapot spout, the products and methods are the same. However, it’s a good idea to purchase a narrow wired kitchen cleaning brush in order to be able to thoroughly clean the teapot spout with any of the products mentioned above.
Now you know how to clean teapot stains you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of tea from your sparkling clean teapot!