India is a tea-loving nation. This beverage welcomes our guests, helps us bond with friends and family, and recharges us when we’re low on energy. While you need good quality tea to make a perfect cup, do not discount the role of a tea-strainer. After all, it is with the help of a tea strainer that you can pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy its many flavours.
It is important to thoroughly wash your tea strainer after every use to prevent clogging and discolouration. Clogging will stop the free flow of the tea from the kettle into the cup, while discolouration is indicative that the protective coating is coming off. You don’t want this to happen.
Try these cleaning tips using baking soda, vinegar and other such items found at home.
1) Use White Vinegar
Soak your tea strainer in a bowl of white vinegar for 3-4 hours. If you are dealing with stubborn stains, consider leaving it overnight. Then, rinse thoroughly and wash with dishwashing liquid.
2) Use Baking Soda
Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a bowl of hot water. Soak your tea strainer in this solution for 3-4 hours. Then, rinse thoroughly and wash your strainer with dishwashing liquid.
3) Use Bleach
Add ¼th cup of bleach in a cup of water and mix well. Soak your metal tea strainer in this solution and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly under running water and wash the tea strainer with dishwashing liquid.
Follow these tips and you’ll have a shiny tea strainer. Now all you need to do is brew a perfect cup of tea and enjoy.