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How Often Should You Clean Your Teapot- 9 Hacks To Take The B Out Of A Boring Task Called Cleaning The Teapot
Running a tea cafe can be demanding as well as fun. It goes beyond serving and after the cafe closes for the day, I have to ensure the utensils are cleaned properly. My 9 hacks are designed to take the boredom out of cleaning to make it a sing and dance routine.
1. The Recommended Method That Tea Shop Owners Follow
Tea shop owners or tea cafe owners rely on utensils like a saucepan, teapot, kettle, etc to help them brew tea. Now, these items require cleaning at intervals which varies depending on how often a vessel is used.
Teapots are by far the most used equipment that is used to brew tea and thus, it is a mandate to clean it more frequently compared to other utensils. I use a teapot to brew tea in large quantities at my tea shop and my staff follow a strict routine of cleaning it after every use. Now, at times this cannot be undertaken and then we have to settle of cleaning it at the end of the working day.
I also follow a cleaning regime of cleaning it twice a month. Now, it is interesting to know that the intervals or the frequency they should be cleaned is directly dependent on the usage. If you are using it once a week or fortnightly, then I suggest cleaning it on a monthly basis.
2. Do You Commit A Mistake Of Washing Clay Teapots?
Clay teapots should never be washed and the same rule stands for a Chinese or Yinxing teapot. You might have heard this advice from a tea enthusiast but, if you have never paid heed to it here are some reasons why you should take it seriously.
Clay teapots should never be washed as a ground rule. Clay is nothing but mud that is mixed with water and shaped into vessels. Now, we all know that clay has an earthy or woody aroma. Any vessel made from clay has its own aroma that when mixed with food or beverages, increases the flavor.
Tea has a tendency to leave a layer in teapots or any vessel. This when mixed with clay adds to the overall taste or flavor and the brewed tea is surely unputdownable. Hence, clay pots should never be cleaned. I am a tea fanatic and when I am drinking tea that’s made using a clay teapot it is a reason for me to be tea-toxicated.
3. The Trick To Clean The Teapot The Right Way
We all have our own way of cleaning the pot and I will not call it wrong until one of my staff applied a method that I have never seen or heard before but, I was in awe seeing the end result. Now, if you are wondering what the trick might be, I will quickly jump to the main point and share the method with you that has become a cleaning mantra for us.
Let us look at that bottle of baking soda, lemon juice, and water in a different aspect and see how these everyday taken-for-granted items prove to be beneficial for us. Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add them to the water that would be used to clean the teapot. Now, add this solution to the pot and leave it to boil for approximately half an hour or 30 minutes. Ensure That The Pot Is Filled With Water Throughout The Process as boiling will result in quick evaporation that will decrease the level.
Allow it some time to cool and then rinse it with normal tap water. Make sure that there’s no residue left from the solution. If you see some lather or foam, rinse it again with water till the water is absolutely clean. There you are. Your teapot is anew.
4. Keeping The Teapot Shining & Clean Need Not Be Rocket Science
Like you, I too hate cleaning that dirty or stained teapot but, we know that cleaning it is essential unless, of course, we want to contaminate tea. Sounds so unappealing right? Thus, it is important to maintain or keep it clean and I will tell you exactly how.
I love to rinse my teapot with hot water after every use and I make sure that I do not use normal soap as it might harm the pot. Thus, using a liquid that’s safe for dishes is what I am game for and I highly suggest that you start using a liquid that is designed for dishes. These liquids or soap bars aren’t harsh and gently clean the dishes.
Now, after we are sure that the teapot is clean on the inside, it is time to look at its exterior and we will be using a gentle cloth or towel to clean the outer part while the teapot is still hot. This is done to ensure that any remaining stains are wiped out. Let it air-dry ie, leaving the pot in the open so that air can do its work.
5. How Often Should You Clean A Badly Shaped Teapot?
Who likes a teapot that’s stained badly for the fact that cleaning them can be tedious and a royal pain. I would hate to even touch that stained teapot and this is why I make it a point to clean it frequently or at intervals as I have discussed above. Thus, I am sharing yet another hands on technique that will prove beneficial for you in the long run.
Combine baking soda with a few drops of lemon and add it to the hot water. Pour this solution into the pot and place it over a hot flame. Lemon is known for its stain-cutting power and is the reason why it is the base of cleaning soaps. Baking soda when exposed to high heat or any acidic-based solution produces carbon dioxide that helps to cut stains in an effective manner.
Now, after all the grime is eradicated and you have a shiny pot, take off the heat and wipe it with a clean yet soft towel while the teapot is still hot. This will result in an even shine and any residue that’s left from the heat or vapor will be wiped out too. Just let it air-dry and you have a store brought teapot.
6. The Spout Is An Important Feature To Consider When You Think Of How Often Should You Clean Your Teapot
The spout is the section of the teapot that is used to pour tea and unlike the interior of the pot, cleaning it every day is highly suggested. Everyone has their own way of cleaning it. Let me tell you that the above mentioned methods can be used too but, I am sharing my method that has never failed me and gives me satisfying results.
Take a clean paper towel and gently wipe its mouth or better still, use a bristle that is designed to clean teapots or utensils. Now, dip the toothbrush in a solution of water, baking soda, lemon drops(as mentioned in the points above). You can also use a dishwashing liquid for the purpose. These will result in a germ-free spout which is how it should be.
7. The Miracle Called Baking Soda Is The Sole Answer To Clean The Teapot
I have named baking soda as a miracle ingredient for it helps me get rid of stains like no other. No matter how tough a stain is, with baking soda used on it, it has to accept defeat. Let us then see how just baking soda alone can be used to get rid of the teapot stains or help in cleaning it in an effective manner.
Combine baking soda with water to form a paste that can be applied on the kettle. This should stick to the kettle and not fall off. Now, rub the paste on your kettle and leave for approximately 20 minutes. Wipe off with a sponge or towel. You may find the pot a little greasy but, a thorough wipe will leave it sparkling and shiny at the same time ensuring that no residue or particles remain behind.
This method can be applied to clean the spout too and here I would suggest rinsing the spout thoroughly with water so that no trace of baking soda remains and wipe off with a small soft towel.
8. The Trick To Cleaning A Porcelain Teapot Effectively
Have you ever wondered how often should you clean your porcelain teapot? If your answer is negative, let me tell you how.
Simply combine one cup of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and empty it in boiling water. Make sure that it stays filled to the rim. You may want to add more water as the boiling process will reduce the level of water. We have to ensure that the level is always till the rim for an effective clean. Now, we will leave it overnight and let nature do her magic on the teapot.
You will get a clean and residue-free interior on the teapot. Now, just wash the interior of the porcelain teapot with a soft rug and scrub the outside with a soft sponge. I always prefer rinsing it with tap water to get rid of any unwanted particle and then clean it with a soft towel or tissue.
9. Ever Wondered How You Can Clean That Precious Over-Stained Teapot Without Having To Throw It Away?
The last trick I would like to talk about in detail is that over the top stained teapot which is as good as discarded. This might be an heirloom for you or hold special value and just the thought of throwing you away makes you emotional, then let me tell you that you needn’t throw it away yet. Hold onto that teapot for a prolonged period with an easy method as shared below.
You need boiling water and loads of vinegar to cut through that layer of dirt that has over the years started living rent-free on your precious teapot. Immerse or soak the pot in an extra large vessel that is filled with additional hot water and diluted with vinegar. Place it over the stovetop and now add water in such a manner so that the vessel is half-filled. You require the water to be a little below boiling water and then turn off the stove.
Now, we will fill 1/4 of the teapot with vinegar and put it in the solution(mentioned in the above line). Leave it in the solution overnight and rinse thoroughly with tap water and then wipe it with a clean towel.
This concludes my blog on how often should you clean your teapot and some fool-proof methods that should be used. I hope you would want to try them out. Do let me know your experience and if you think you want to ask me something, please drop them in the comments section below. I will be happy to answer them. I also would like to thank all my readers for showing me your love and receiving them so well. Do sign up for my newsletter and don’t forget to visit my website for all your tea fixes and tea talks.
Hi. I’m Sneha. Each day, I brew, relish, study and sell tea in my Cafe based out of Kolkata, India. My current blog, ‘Sipper Sneha’ is an expansion of my real life love for tea into an online space for all dedicated Tea enthusiasts.