Hard water is an equal-opportunity stain-maker. Although it's hard to see the tiny minerals in the water, they build up over time to create noticeable stains. A frequently used tea pot is subject to hard water and mineral deposit stains that leave a hard, scaly film in the bottom of the pot where water sits. The stains cause your tea pot to look dirty, no matter how often you clean it. You can get hard water stains out of your tea pot with common household supplies. When you clean your tea pot regularly, you can keep it ready for tea time, minus the ugly stains.
Things You'll Need
3 tablespoons baking soda
Nylon dish scrub brush
Dish drying rack
Pour 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir the two ingredients together to make a foaming paste.
Dip a small nylon dish scrubber into the baking soda mixture. Apply the paste to the hard water stains inside the tea pot. Allow the paste to remain on the stains for 20 to 30 minutes.
Wet your nylon dish scrubber with white vinegar. Scrub the paste-covered hard water stains inside the tea pot to loosen and remove them.
Rinse the tea pot with water. Pour the water out to remove loosened limescale and mineral deposits. Repeat this step to remove as much of the stains as possible.
Treat any remaining hard water stains by filling the tea pot with full-strength white vinegar. Bring the vinegar to a boil on the stove top.
Turn off the stove and allow the vinegar to remain in the tea pot overnight. Empty the tea pot the next morning.
Fill the tea pot with water and scrub off the remaining hard water stains. Rinse the tea pot and allow it to air dry upside down on a dish drying rack.
Fill your tea pot weekly with a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar to keep hard water stains from building up. Rub a lemon wedge around the rim of the tea pot and anywhere else on the exterior to remove hard water spots and stains.
- North Carolina State University; Removing Mineral Deposits From Household Surfaces; Sandra A. Zaslow; March 1996
- Michigan State University Extension; Homemade Cleaners -- Lime and Mineral Deposit Remover; Anne Field; June 2003
- Environmental Law Centre: The Five Basics for Non-Toxic Cleaning
- Eartheasy: Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Solutions -- Lime Deposits