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Cleaning With Dishwasher Detergent

I drink a great deal of black tea (hot), which leaves my ceramic teapots stained after multiple uses even after thorough washing with soap and water. They are nester teapots (tea for one that is), so the opening at the top is too small to get a sponge or normal scrubby brush inside to clean. The other day I decided to try an experiment. I put about a tablespoon and a half to 2 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent in the pot, filled it about 2/3rds full with very hot tap water, put on the top, plugged the spout with my finger and swished for about two minutes. When I dumped out the water the inside of the teapot was sparkling! I was so pleased I decided to try dishwashing detergent for a few other things.

My mother in law was ready to toss out their coffee pot and buy a new one due to the accumulation of normal oily buildup that had been resistant to regular vinegar cleaning, as well as a weird blue green build up in the tank (presumably chlorine). I took everything on the coffee maker apart that could be taken apart, put all the loose pieces in the dishwasher, and put the dishwashing detergent into the tank with very hot water and swished. After a few minutes of swishing and judicious scrubbing with an old toothbrush, the tank was clean. It did take quite a bit of squirting with the hose from the sink, holding the coffee maker upside down to get the last of the detergent out of the hole for water at the bottom, but I was ultimately able to get it entirely clean, then run everything through a regular vinegar cycle and several pots of clean water.


The last thing I tackled was the filter basket. It's one of those permanent ones and had years of build up that the vinegar never removed. I placed a couple of tablespoons of dishwashing detergent in a small pot, submersed the basket and boiled it for about ten minutes. Good as new! My in laws said their coffee after this thorough cleaning was as good as they'd had in years.

By Kathleen from Mississippi

Cleaning With Dishwasher Detergent 06/13/2006
I thought I would add a suggestion that I have used on my cups after drinking tea. Taking some dry baking soda on a dishcloth and wiping the tea stain will take it right out. Quick way to do it if you just have one or two cups to do.
By spinwool

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