Welcome to the latest issue of The Right Tea Newsletter!
Every year in spring we remember to clean our houses, throw or give away what we don’t need and put some order into our wardrobes and drawers.
We wash clothes and clean the inside of cabinets and drawers, but how often do we clean our teapots? And how do we clean them properly?
If you are an avid tea drinker, your teapot may get a fair bit of use. Even if you give it a rinse after each use, over time your teapot may start to become stained.
So how often do you clean your teapot? Or better still, should you even be cleaning your teapot?
To clean or not to clean, that is the first question.
Some defend that you should never clean your teapot, but this may be just a myth.
Firstly, unless you have a teapot for each type of tea you drink or you only drink one type of tea your whole life, then you should clean your teapot to prevent transferring flavors from stronger teas to milder ones.
Secondly, if you like to add sugar directly into the teapot, then you should definitely clean your teapot properly. Sugar residue may lead to bacterial growth.
Lastly, it may come down to the type of teapot: unglazed teapots (e.g. Yixing teapots) should be rinsed with water only and not use soap or other solutions, glazed teapots may be more thoroughly cleaned.
How to clean a ceramic teapot?
Glazed ceramic teapots tend to be the most common ones, so we will start by looking at how to clean these first.
Should your teapot go in the dishwasher? Those hard-to-reach spots like the inside of the spout may not only not be properly cleaned, but they may also be places where detergent may buildup.
Solution: Wash your teapot by hand using a small brush to clean the inside of the spout, making sure to properly rinse out the detergent.
Over time the teapot may become so stained that the simple regular wash is not enough. So here are a few more natural solutions that could make your life a little easier.
Natural Cleaning Recipe
Ingredients: white vinegar, baking soda, hot water
What not to do:
How to clean a stainless steel teapot?
A lot of people also use stainless steel teapots. Not kettles, but actual teapots that do not go on the stove, but over time and with use stains and dirt could begin to accumulate.
Solution: you can use the same white vinegar, baking soda and hot water to remove stains from your teapot, leaving it overnight to properly remove any scum that have built up.
Rinse properly and wipe your teapot dry before using it again.
What not to do:
How to clean a glass teapot?
Glass teapots are perfect to make an elegant cup of tea or to enjoy flowering tea, but they also require care to make sure they always look their best.
Regular washing should be enough to keep your teapot clean, but you may need to use the good old recipe of baking soda and hot water or a bit of lemon juice to tackle a stain. If this does not work, mix a bit of cream of tartar with hot water and apply.
Rinse the teapot well and use a soft cloth to clean it so as not to scratch the surface.
What not to do:
How often should you clean the teapot?
This will up to you and the tea you use. Darker colored teas will tend to stain your teapot in a more obvious way, but even if you use your teapot for lighter colored teas then remember to:
And now that your teapot is clean, it’s time to put the kettle on and let’s make some tea!
More articles about tea are coming, so keep on the lookout for the July issue of our newsletter. While you wait, look around our website and learn more about tea and its health benefits.
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