x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Tired of having a scuzzy teapot? Keep it pristine with our tips

While some tea purists may argue that tannins left behind add flavour to tea, every pot needs a good scrub once in a while to get rid of stains.

Some tea purists will suggest that you not clean your teapot too often because the accumulation of tannins will add to the flavour of your brew.

But for those of you who prefer to keep your ceramic teapots and cups looking pristine, here are some simple tips.

Start by rinsing your teapot with warm water.

Then fill it up with boiling water, making sure that all stains are covered and that the water fills the spout.

Next, you can either put in two spoonfuls of dishwashing powder or one effervescent denture tablet. Let this sit overnight.

Another solution is to add the juice and rind of half a lemon, along with a couple of teaspoons of baking powder.

Let this soak for several hours.

Alternatively, make a simple paste by mixing corn starch and vinegar. Apply this mixture to the insides of your pots and cups. Let this sit for a few minutes, then scrub away the loosened stains.

No matter which technique you use, make sure to wash everything thoroughly with warm, soapy water once you are done. Allow the pots and cups to air dry for a few hours.

Because there's nothing like the residual taste of vinegar to ruin a good cuppa.