Tips for Cleaning Teapots

By Mrs. Mathis

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When it comes to the question of how to clean a teapot, the answer generally depends on what type of teapot one is describing. For instance, to clean inside a teapot made of china is different than removing tea stains in teapots made of sterling silver or silver plate. On the other hand, there are some basic principles that can be applied to all types of teapot cleaning. After all, to clean a teapot spout requires similar methods whether it’s made of china or silver.

How to Clean a Teapot: Basic Teapot Cleaning

You should always clean inside a teapot with very hot water before and after each use. If your pot is made of china, you can also use standard dish soap and water. This should always be done by hand and not in the dishwasher unless the pot is heavy and of little value.

If your teapot is silver or another metal, rinse it well after each use but only wash it when necessary. Then use only the gentlest type of detergent and wash only the inside. Rinse the pot well and wipe the outside with a damp cloth before drying both inside and outside. Make sure you dry a metal pot very well to prevent spotting or tarnishing.
No matter what the pot is made of, always be very careful to very gently clean the teapot spout inside and out to prevent a mold build up. A very flexible bottle brush works well for this. Also, you can dry the inside of a clean teapot spout with a blow dryer. This will get the spout completely dry.

Cleaning Tea Stains in a Teapot

The simplest way to remove tea stains from a china teapot is to fill the pot with hot water and 2 tablespoons of bleach. Let this sit for five minutes and then rinse the pot well to remove all traces of the bleach.

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