How to Properly Clean a Teapot

Updated on December 8, 2019
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It's Time to Clean That Old Teapot

Cleaning the teapot definitely does not get done as often as it should. Well, it is time to stop putting this task off. It is time to give your teapot the respect that it deserves. Your vessel 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 it 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 teapot.

Tea is one of those wonderfully healthy beverages but unfortunately, it is also a beverage that builds up a nasty scale on the cups and teapots that it is steeped in. Cleaning the cups 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.

A hot cup of soothing tea can relax tension away.
A hot cup of soothing tea can relax tension away. | Source

There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Clean a Teapot

There truly is a right way and a wrong way to clean a teapot, and it is important to know which is which.

  • Wrong: 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.
  • Wrong: Giving your teapot to the dog to lick clean or handing it over to the hubby to chisel the buildup 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.
  • Right: 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. And that safer way means 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.

Keep Your Tea Delightfully Soothing

This relaxing beverage can be a delight morning noon or night.
This relaxing beverage can be a delight morning noon or night. | Source


To prevent a buildup, try to clean your pot at least twice a month.

How to Clean Your Teapot Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

There are a number of ways that vinegar or baking soda can be used to clean a teapot. These environmentally friendly, yet absolutely fantastic, cleaning compounds are a teapot's 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 Your Teapot Is Only a Little Dirty


  • One cup of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Boiling water


  1. If the teapot is not too crusty, then it can be cleaned by simply putting in one cup of vinegar or 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and then filling the remainder of the pot with boiling water.
  2. Leave the pot sit in this solution overnight, and this will generally melt most of the gunk out of it.
  3. Wash the interior with a rag or if needed, give it a light scrub with a small cleaning brush or plastic pot scrubber.
  4. Rinse the pot thoroughly to remove any leftover residue.

If Your Teapot Is Really Dirty


  • Boiling water
  • Lots of vinegar


  1. For an absolute worst-case scenario, which would be similar to my poor old teapot went through, you should immerse the scaly beast in an extra-large pot of extra-hot vinegar water.
  2. Place a very large pot onto the stove, fill it to half full with water, and bring this to just under a full boil.
  3. Turn off the heat.
  4. 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.
  5. Wash the interior with a rag or if needed, give it a light scrub with a small cleaning brush or plastic pot scrubber.
  6. Rinse the teapot thoroughly the following day to remove leftover residue.

Soak Overnight if Necessary

How often do you clean it? To keep on top of this task so it doesn't get into the type of predicament that my poor old pot 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 situation, one should immerse the teapot into an extra-large basin or pot of extra hot vinegar water. Place a very large pot onto the stove, fill it 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 with vinegar and then put your teapot into this solution to soak overnight. Rinse thoroughly the following day to remove any leftover residue.

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In my opinion, the safer and more natural method of cleaning is always best. Using people safe household cleaning products such as vinegar and baking soda can effectively clean most surfaces in the home including the interior and exterior of your teapot.

Always be aware of the chemicals you use in your household cleaning. Many of these can be easily absorbed through the skin. Stay natural, stay safe.

© 2009 Lorelei Cohen

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    • Lady Lorelei profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 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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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 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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      Amanda Louise Cannon 

      5 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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      5 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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      Anthony Godinho 

      5 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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      Fay Favored 

      5 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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      Jackie Jackson 

      6 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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      Mary Norton 

      7 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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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 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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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 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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      7 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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      Tony Payne 

      7 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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      rewards4life info 

      7 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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      darciefrench lm 

      8 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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      8 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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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      Great tips, I love teapots!

      Nice job,

      Robin :)

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      Frankie Kangas 

      8 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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      9 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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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 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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      HorseAndPony LM 

      10 years ago

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

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      10 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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