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How to clean a stainless steel teapot

Updated February 21, 2017

If you own and use a stainless steel teapot, you may wonder how to clean it. While stainless steel is designed for low maintenance, you should clean the inside of your pot because scale or calcium deposits may develop inside of the teapot as a result of regular use. You may also want to clean the outside of your stainless steel tea kettle if the finish becomes dull or smudged with fingerprints.

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  1. Fill your teapot halfway with warm water, and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Mix well with a long handled spoon. Allow the vinger and water solution to remain in the teapot for 10 to 20 minutes.

  2. Gently scrub the inside of the teapot with a scouring pad and remove any existing scale or calcium deposits.

  3. Pour out the vinegar and water solution, and rinse the inside of the kettle with cool, clean water.

  4. Allow the kettle to dry thoroughly, and fill it with warm water. Bring the water to a boil on the hob. Dump the boiling water out in the sink. This action will help remove any vinegar residue.

  5. Wash the outside of your stainless steel teapot with warm water, mild dishwashing soap and a non-abrasive sponge.

  6. Rinse the outside of the teapot with warm water, after washing, and buff dry with a microfiber cloth.

  7. Warning

    Never use any type of abrasive cleaner or scrubbing pad on the outside of the teapot. These types of products will scratch the finish.

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Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Scouring pad
  • Mild liquid dishwashing soap
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Microfiber cloth

About the Author

Cynthia Measom

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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