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To get stubborn tea stains off the inside of the pot (this works great for stainless steel and glass-lined thermoses and coffee pots too) , simply put a cup of bleach in the pot, and swirl around. You will see the stains disappear immediately. Wonderfully effortless, and leaves the pot sparkling clean - like new! Don't forget to wash the pot before using! You can also try washing the dishes with white vinegar to get the stains out.
another thing I learned in the fast food business was to take lemon juice and sugar. Let it sit and swirl and it will also take the stains right off.
this is a very good Ideal I us bleach for much of my house. Then I know it is claen and disinfected.and it is cheap
After, cleaning with hot water & soap, I would then clean with boiled water, to get that bleach taste out.
It is useful to use a little bit of ice and a sprinkle of salt in glass coffee pots. Just swirl the ice and salt and rinse. It will take old burnt coffee stainf off the inside of the coffee pot. Many restaurants and hotels use this method.
Any brand of "scrubbing bubbles" cleans and sparkles in just seconds.
Another thing that works all the time is Oxyclean. I put a small scoop in whatever is stained, fill with hot water and let soak. Rinse well and the pot is shiny new/
Put some baking soda in the pot or thermos and add boiling water. When the fizzing stops, use a bottle brush on the inside of your pot or thermos. The stains are gone and there is no nasty taste left behind.
If you use dishwasher detergent (i.e. Cascade powder) with some water it is also fantastic for cleaning coffee and tea stains.
Instead of all that, why not just use two denture cleanser tablets, let them sit for a couple of hours, rinse, and go. Much easier and no bleach taste when you are done.
I would recommend using white vinegar over bleach. It won't make you sick if you don't rinse it well enough, it won't bleach fabrics, and it's much better for the environment! I've had great success with white vinegar removing hard water deposits from my kettle and faucets. It also helps prevent mildew in bathrooms and can help kill weeds in your gardens.
do not use bleach in stainless steel thermos bottles
You could also get rid of stains and rust inside the tea pot with one cup of white vinegar, leave it in overnight, and then simply wash with water. No harmful chemicals used!
When I was a waitress we would soak the coffee pot parts in soda water at the end of the night, with a bit of lemon juice.
I have used the salt and ice in the glass coffee pots, it works great. Another option for thermos bottles, add some baking soda and water and swirl around, then rinse out. Makes the bottles clean and shining.
You can alsovand a handful of uncooked rice in the bottome...it scrubs the inside of stubborn thermouses and coffee pots or vases for you
Salt and crushed ice worked like a dream getting stubborn hot chocolate stains out of my friends glass thermos! Simple and non-caustic! Thanks!!!
Another way to remove stains is to fill the mug or pot with hot tap water and add a generous amount of baking soda and let it sit overnight. The next morning you can wash the stains out easily.
Bleach should never be used full strength. Also, bleach reacts with metal. It can weaken the metal and also produce dangerous gases.
Since dishwasher detergent (the powder you put in your dishwasher) contains a small amount of bleach, it works well on ceramic/glass stains if you soak it for a while. Like overnight.
Vinegar will stop the bleach and remove the smell.
The easiest way is to just use hot water and a little cream of tartar (found in the spice rack)... just swirl it around your teapot or iced tea pitcher and watch those tea stains just disappear.
A generous amount of ice, a Tbsp of salt ad swirl, swirl, swirl. Then a vinegar rinse for shine.