Kitchen Hacks 101: How to clean a tea strainer at home

Cleanliness and godliness. We have always read it and have grown up seeing it in Indian kitchens, where every item is thoroughly cleaned to maintain hygiene levels. One kitchen item that often looks tricky to clean is those tea strainers. While straining clear tea is easy, milk tea often leaves behind some residue that gets stuck in the mesh and, in the long run, might lead to bacterial growth. If you are also looking for solutions on how to clean the tea strainers effortlessly, then scroll down, because we have got a few easy hacks to make it simpler for you.

Use dishwashing liquid

First of all, soak the steel strainer in hot water for 5 minutes, and then wash it using dishwashing liquid and a scrubber. You will see that soaking it in hot water will help clean the mesh, and your strainer will start looking brand new.

Use baking soda
This method can be used for both plastic and steel strainers. All you need to do is take a small bowl and mix 1 tbsp baking soda with 4-5 tbsp of warm water. Pour this mixture into a large utensil, in which you can immerse the strainer for a few hours. Use an old toothbrush to clean it, and all the stains will vanish.

Use bleach solution
To use this method, mix 1 tbsp of bleach and 1 cup of cold water. Soak the strainer in the bleach solution for a few hours. Clean the strainer with the help of a toothbrush.

Use alcohol
For this method, you need to mix alcohol and water in a ratio of 1:4 and then soak the strainer overnight. The next morning, clean it with water.

Use gas burner

Yes, you read it right, and it is one of the most commonly used methods in Indian kitchens. All you need to do is put the strainer on the burner and light the gas. The heat will burn off all the residues, and then you need to wash it off with dishwashing liquid and water.

Which type of tea strainer is good

While the market offers both plastic and steel, it is suggested to use steel as it is safer for the human body. When hot items are strained with plastic ones, they release chemicals, which might not be good for human health.