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The Proper Way To Clean A Teapot

Updated on June 24, 2017
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It is Time To Clean The Old Teapot

Cleaning the teapot is a job that definitely does not get done as often as it should.

Well it's time to stop putting this task off, it is time to give your teapot the respect that it deserves. Your teapot is a dependable and indispensable part of your household and it deserves a little more attention than it currently receives.

It is time to give your teapot the deep cleaning that it so desperately needs. No more neglecting that precious piece of pottery any longer. Today is the day that you clean the old tea pot.

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Soothing and relaxing tea is a delightfully refreshing beverage. | Source
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Some kitchen utensils require special care. | Source

There is a right way and a wrong way to clean a teapot.

Tea is one of those beverages that is wonderfully healthy for us to consume but unfortunately it is also a beverage that builds up a nasty scale on the cups and teapots that it is steeped in as well.

Cleaning the cups that we use for tea is usually not much of a problem because we tend to wash these after each use but for some reason we have a tendency to only clean the teapot occasionally.

This can make cleaning the teapot a much larger task than it should be. I am as guilty of this as the next person. It is usually only when I notice little flakes of brownish material floating conspicuously within my freshly poured cup of tea that I get the more than obvious hint that it is time to clean my teapot.

There truly is a right way and a wrong way to clean a teapot and it is important to know which is which. Harsh or toxic chemicals are definitely the wrong items to use to clean your teapot. Those chemicals could remain in the pot and you do not want to ingest that stuff.

Giving your teapot to the dog to lick clean or handing it over to the hubby to chisel the build up out are not good solutions either. These methods can be used to clean a teapot but they really just are not the correct way to do the job.

Tea pots tend to develop a scaly build up over time.

Vintage tea pot.
Vintage tea pot.

Use natural cleaning products to clean your teapot

The safer and more natural method of shining up that old teapot is actually the correct way to clean it. Using people safe household cleaning products such as vinegar and baking soda.

These two items will effectively clean most surfaces in your home including the interior and exterior of your teapot.

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Which is your favorite tea?

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Milder than other teas antioxidant rich organic white is so fine.

Delightfully calming white tea is antioxidant rich but with a milder flavor than green tea. White tea truly is the queen of teas. Relaxing and calming it is a wonderful way to enrich your health.

White tea is picked from the fresh white buds of young tea leaves for a delicate mild flavor. It is processed much like green tea so that it maintains its antioxidant rich nature.

Now that the teapot is clean this is how to clean the kettle.

Pour boiling water into your teapot.
Pour boiling water into your teapot. | Source

Baking Soda and vinegar for a natural clean.

There are a number of ways that vinegar or baking soda can be used to clean a teapot. These very environmentally friendly yet absolutely fantastic cleaning compounds are a teapots best friend.

It is just a matter of examining the problem to determine exactly how dramatic of a cleaning job is actually at hand. Once that is known then it is easy to decide on a method that is right for the current cleaning job.

If the teapot is not too crusty then it can be cleaned by simply putting in one cup of vinegar and then filling the remainder of the pot with boiling water. Leave the pot sit in this solution overnight and this will general melt most of the gunk out of it. Another means of cleaning the buildup is to put 4 tablespoons of baking soda in the teapot, fill the remainder of the pot with boiling water, and once again let the solution sit over night.

How often do you clean your teapot?

To keep on top of your teapot so it doesn't get into the type of predicament that my poor old teapot gets into try to soak your teapot overnight at least once every two weeks. Use the mixture of boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda to keep your teapot fresh and clean.

For an absolute worst case scenario which would be similar to my poor old teapot one should immerse the scaly beast in an extra large pot of extra hot vinegar water.

Place a very large pot onto the stove, fill it to half full with water, and bring this to just under a full boil. Turn off the heat. Once the heat is off, fill about 1/4 of the pot's space with vinegar, and then put your teapot in this solution to soak overnight.

Wash the teapot thoroughly the following day to remove any leftover residue.

When was the last time that you cleaned your teapot?

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      OMG! I was reading your cookie recipes and they sound fantastically wonderful!! You may want to include those recipes??? Or at least one...??? Oh, yumm...I love cookies, especially with tea! Okay, sorry I got off track-I use a French Press Tea Container it works great for my tea. I love tea pots, there is something very unique about them. Great lens, thanks for adding it to the Kitchen!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love teapots but hate to clean them. Thanks for the tips.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      How did you know I was looking for instructions on how to clean my teapot? Thanks. Now I know what to do. Very practical advice.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      I actually collect teapots so I tend to rotate them enough that they don't get yucky but the vinegar trick really does work. I enjoyed your lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. Do I use the same methods of cleaning a porcelain teapot? Blessed! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Great tips, I love teapots!

      Nice job,

      Robin :)

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      My mother collects tea pots. This will be very helpful for her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So, Grandma's denture tablets to the rescue when things are at their worst. I love to use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning and especially on something like a teapot, one just doesn't want to use anything toxic on them. Well done, according to your custom and I have to mention that you have found some gorgeous teapots that we can all take home with us to practice cleaning them the proper way!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Great tips for cleaning a teapot - I was just contemplating how to do this the other day, and here's how ~ Blessed :)

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      These are such cost effective ways to clean a teapot, I use vinegar for so many household tasks it's so good and can clean the toughest stains. I have never used it to clean my teapot but I will now. Nice lens.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent information. We rarely use a teapot these days, but I remember when they used to get really stained, and my Mum used to use vinegar to clean ours. Useful guide, blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to say that a clean teapot is a blessed teapot! Its the little things that had special to our live...I have to go put on some tea now and have a biscuit...fancy talk for a cookie. My grandma used to say biscuit but she wan't fancy but maybe because she learned that word in place of the Finnish word. Boiling water, vinegar and baking soda are the ticket to a fresh clean teapot...thought I'd write it down, so I remember. Now that is very economical and safe for us and the environment...and we get a great cup of tea in the end!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Baking Soda and vinegar anytime over grandma's denture tablets to clean my teapot. I no longer have a tea pot, broke mine earlier this year. it's on my to buy list

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm all in favor of using the natural methods. Isn't vinegar amazing stuff!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      You know... it's funny, because I absolutely love teapots, but I'm too lazy to use them! (I have a bunch!)... Blessed!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I'm off right now to look for the baking soda and vinegar!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Camden1: My teapot is due for a cleaning again as well. Hubby has tea every day in his lunch and then likes a pot again in the evening so it is hard wrestling the teapot away from him for an overnight soak in the baking soda and vinegar.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @miaponzo: I also have quite a large teapot collection. I trimmed it down a bit when I moved a few years ago by giving all my old antique aluminum ones to my baby brother but I do like my pottery, china, and ceramic ones.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: I use vinegar for cleaning more than just my teapot. I also use it for window, our stove, and our toilets. It is amazing stuff. I also use baking soda for unclogging the sink as well.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do clean it regularly. I use vinegar and boiling water for any build up. I have not used baking soda yet.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      This is SO timely - less than an hour ago I was topping up my teapot and thinking how badly it needs cleaning. Thanks for the tips!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I haven't used it in some time, so it's still clean. Sadly because of time, I've been using the microwave lately :( Love my teapot though!

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      Anthony Godinho 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've tried vinegar and boiling water, but not with baking soda. Thanks for sharing this useful lens!

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      Karen 3 years ago from U.S.

      It's been too long since I last cleaned my teapot (I feel like I'm going to confessional....). I think at this point I'd need to get a hold of some of Grandma's denture cleaning tablets to do the trick. I like that idea! Otherwise, I'm a big proponent of using vinegar and baking soda for many cleaning uses.

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      Amanda Louise Cannon 3 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      Great... Now I have to go give my tea pots some love! I never once thought of denture tablets... FANTASTIC IDEA!

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      @LouCannon: I usually use boiling water with vinegar and baking soda and leave it to soak overnight in the sink. The next morning I give it a little scrub and about 4 rinses.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      @KarenHC: I am terrible for neglecting my teapot as well. I think most of us are. It is only when I see scales floating in my teacup that I get the hint to clean the poor beast.

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