How to Clean Tea Strainer – Plastic and Metal

A tea strainer is one of the necessary parts of every kitchen. But it gets clogged with small particles of tea.

After that, it looks very dirty and it does not work properly. You must face difficulty in straining tea when it is dirty.

Today, you will learn how to clean tea strainer at home with no effort. You should regularly clean it.

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Why do Tea Strainers Become Strained?

There are two molecules theanine and theophylline in the dried tea leaves. They stick to the metal when they are electrocharged. You can read more about it on topictea blog.

Cleaning a Tea Strainer

Cleaning a tea strainer is not a difficult task. The below methods works on even light and very dirty tea strainer. You will learn various methods to clean the strainer.

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How to Clean Tea Strainer with Baking Soda

You can clean both plastic and metal strainers with it.

Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in warm water and prepare a solution. Soak the tea strainer in the mixture for 3-4 hours. After that clean it with a waste toothbrush. The dirty tea strainer will be cleaned.

Clean it with dishwashing soap and rinse it with water.

How to Clean Tea Strainer with Vinegar

You can clean both plastic and metal stainers with it.

Soak the tea strainer in a half-full bowl of vinegar. Leave it for the next 3-4 hours. After that rub it with a toothbrush and clean it with dishwashing soap or liquid.

How to clean Tea strainer with baking soda and Vinegar

You can clean both plastic and metal stainers with it.

  • Take a small bowl and add 1/2 bowl vinegar in it.
  • Add an equal amount of water to it.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • Soak the tea strainer in it.
  • Leave it for 5-6 hours.
  • Now you will see that the tea strainer is almost clean.
  • Take a used toothbrush and clean the tea strainer with it.
  • After that wash, it was dishwashing soap and clean water.

How to Clean Tea Strainer Stainless Steel on Gas Stove

This method is only for the tea strainers which are made with steel or other metals. Do not use a plastic tea strainer for cleaning with this method.

Turn on the gas on low flames.

Put the tea stainer on the gas flames, and keep it there for 3-4 seconds. Burn all the stuck tea leftover.

Do this on all the sides of the tea strainer.

After that let it cool for few minutes.

Take a used toothbrush and clean the tea strainer with it.

After that wash, it was dishwashing soap and clean water.

How to Clean Tea Strainer Video

You can read my other kitchen cleaning related posts like how to clean cleaning chimney filters at home, how to clean copper utensils, how to clean the burner of a gas stove.

How often we should Clean the Tea Strainers?

Generally, it depends on how often it gets dirty. I would suggest cleaning it biweekly or when it gets dirty.

How Could You Prevent Tea Stains?

You can clean your tea strainer by using the methods which I mentioned above. You can keep them clean by below steps:

  • Always wash your tea strainer with water just after using it.
  • Do not let the tea or coffee dry on it. As i said above, wash it immediately after using.
  • Clean it biweekly atleast.
  • I would suggest use the metal tea strainer over plastic strainer. Plastic strainer looks very bad when it gets dirty and sometime we are not able to remove stains permanently.

Conclusion

You have learned the four methods of cleaning tea strainers. All the methods work very well. I have tested all the methods.

You can select any method based on your preference. I personally used the method in which I have used both baking soda and vinegar.

If you use any other method, then let me know in the comments. I would love to know your method also.

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