Dear Tea lovers:
How do you clean your teapot. Do you clean it with soap? just rinse
with water? Do you put your teapot into dish washer?
Do you dry it outside or inside?
Do you ever use baking soda? Or just use boiling water? Do you soak
All the question about the tea pot you are using. Thanks for your
SOAP????**** Never, ever, never. No dish washer, either.
I dry the outside of glazed ones, and let the unglazed ones air dry.
I use baking soda on glass only. I do use boiling water. I never soak
I leave the old leaves in the yi-xing pots some extra hours, even over
night, and then do a very quick rinse. I seldom if ever do more than rinse
the inside of glazed teapots. I do scrub out glass with a brush and baking
I NEVER let SOAP touch my TEAPOTS. I have been known however to clean my
eating bowls with tea.
I have several Brown Betty teapots all of which I clean by pouring
boiling water on a spoonful of baking soda in the base ... I leave it
sit for an hour or so and it rinses clean as new with just a soft
Interesting question - and maybe worth some discussion. Perhaps the
"right" way to clean a teapot depends on the material out of which the
teapot is made, and perhaps, personal taste. In particular, one might
treat glazed teapots and porous teapots differently. I own some glazed
porcelain teapots, a gaiwan set that is glazed inside but clay outside,
and an unglazed kyushu (Japanese teapot with the handle sticking out the
While some people believe that the tea buildup inside a teapot can
enhance the flavor of the brew, I do not march to that drummer. For one
thing, I brew a wide variety of teas in my porcelain teapot. I don't
want a smoky lapsang souchong flavor (or the jasmine scent/flavor from
Dragon Pearls) in a subsequent brewing of a more delicate tea. I don't
even want my favorite Yunnan Golden Needles to flavor or scent the new
Darjeeling I am about to try. As a result, I try to keep my porcelain
teapots free of tea build-up. Following this principle, I have the
same attitude towards my gaiwan (and matching drinking and aroma cups).
I suppose that if I had a breakfast tea habit I might dedicate a pot to
that and forgo the thorough cleanings.
I eliminate tea build-up using detergent or soap, plus some scrubbing if
it has gotten visible. I rinse thoroughly afterwards. Since I am
dealing with glazed surfaces, I don't see how this could be a bad thing.
There shouldn't be any detergent or soap residue left behind. I
certainly can't taste anything. (Do I have defective taste buds?) I
treat filter baskets (stand-alone or from Chatsford teapots) the same
way. They are non-porous and should not retain soap or detergent if
I don't use detergent or soap on the kyushu. I limit its use to senchas.
Okay, maybe I am alone in this... am I?
This is the answer I was looking for. One of my Nepalese friend
adviced me once to use salt to clean up but I wasn't sure. Tomorrow I
am going to try with salt. Thanks again for your valuable
contribution. Where did you get this idea to use salt?
yixing teapots are just rinsed and air dried-
porcelain and glazed teapots are cleaned with baking soda and salt-rubbed
with the paste and then rinsed-no detergents are used or are the tepots
put in thedish washer
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for my unglazed teapot, i let the leaves sit in it for few hours then rinse
only warm water.
for the glazed teapot, i soak it with a denture tablet for a few hours & rinse
I usually let them dry inside & outside before reusing.
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I've never cleaned a teapot. Simply over time cleaning will damage the
surface especially for clay. The sheen for porcelain will fade over time if
cleaned too often. I've had many a chuckle from someones pristine porcelein
tea pot and dark spout. If you clean a teapot you're looking for a handling
I got the idea, I think, from this newsgroup. Salt is good for cleaning
staines from tea cups if you leave salty solution for a while in there. It
also cleans pots. Never tried it on a metal container though.
email@example.com (Ripon) writes:
I have a 2 cup Chatsford (glazed). I normally just rinse it, but I'll
use detergent or bleach to get brown scum off.
The everyday brewing vessel is a Pyrex 4 cup container. Normally just
rinsed, but soap, bleach or baking soda occasionally. Stronger
measures are taken with this pot as random herb blends get brewed
every evening in it.
I use baking soda to clean my metal tea strainer.
If I want to use it, I'll mostly dry it inside and out, otherwise,
they get put in the dish drainer. Everything is hand washed.
Both of these are non-porous, I wouldn't use detergent on unglazed pots.
My pots are mostly glazed, but I have one yixing pot.
The yixing just gets rinsed with hot water and air-dried.
The glazed ones can go either way. The oils in some teas can persist on the
interior surface and take a lot of rubbing to remove without using a soap or
detergent. Depends on my mood whether I use soap or not. Haven't had a bad
I guess I could just lightly rinse, but the slimy residue bothers me. Baking
soda/salt does seem a better alternative to soaps.
BTW, I brew mostly greens and oolongs. Perhaps black teas rinse cleanly.