How to clean stained coffee or tea pots naturally?

Baking soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar lie on opposite ends of the pH scale. Baking soda is the common name for sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). Most people probably associate it with cooking, because it makes your cakes and breads big and puffy. Vinegar is a dilute solution of acetic acid (HC2H3O2), produced by bacteria during fermentation.

Both kitchen ingredients are effective cleaning agents because they are found on opposite sides of the pH scale. pH is a measure of how acidic or basic a substance is, on a scale from 1 (very acidic) to 14 (very basic), with a neutral value at 7. Pure water has a pH of 7. Baking soda has a pH of 9, while vinegar has a pH of 2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

Combining these two common household substances can produce incredible results in the kitchen, but it’s important to not combine them in equal amounts because you need to keep the mixture in either the acidic or basic side of the neutral value.

When baking soda is mixed with vinegar, the acid breaks down baking soda, releasing carbon dioxide gas that can help lift dirt from the surfaces being cleaned. Which is toxic to breath in for us humans and animals.

Why does coffee and tea stain?

Tannin is the chemical compound that is responsible for the staining of coffee, tea, wine and many other fruits and vegetables. You can find tannins in nearly everything, like fruits, vegetables, water and even wood.

The tannin compounds are widely distributed in many species of plants, where they play a role in protection from predation(including as pesticides) and might help in regulating plant growth.The astringency from the tannins is what causes the dry and puckery feeling in the mouth following the consumption of unripened fruit, red wine or tea.Likewise, the destruction or modification of tannins with time plays an important role when determining harvesting times.

Why you should not clean a moka or teapot with soap?

Mostly a moka is made from aluminum material, so the coffee leaves an oily surface on it. This oily surface makes the coffee taste good, but after a while, it tastes rancid, like old oil. So this you need to clean off, but if you use soap, the aluminum gets spots and stains that you will never get rid of.

Most of all, if you use soap, especially the chemical kind, your first few brews will taste like soap too, the same for tea!

If by mistake you use soap, make sure to dry it immediately, then brew a few coffees or teas.

Why using baking soda is better then soap?

Soap coats the outside of small droplets of the grease/fat with something water likes to be near. As a result, the fatty drops are carried up into the water and can be easily rinsed away.

Detergents don’t help clean anything that dissolves in water already. If you’re using soap to clean up sugar, for example, you’re wasting soap and leaving a thin film behind where the sugar was.

Baking soda doesn’t do any of that. You can use it as a grit to scrape through things that are firm solids. Pure detergents generally have no grit in them, so this is a unique advantage. Baking soda is also basic, which might help dissolve more things.

The details might be different if you’re talking about cleaning something very specific. But in general, that’s it. A simple case of “carries away oils” vs. “scrapes off solids.”

Baking soda is derived from natural resources, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals like bleach, cleansers and soaps. Mining baking soda does give it a secondhand environmental impact due to the mining and processing stages, but even then it still has a smaller impact than synthetic cleaners.

Recipe for cleaning coffee or tea maker naturally and eco-friendly

With Baking Soda

  • In a pot, add one big spoon of baking soda

  • dismantle all the parts of the coffee or tea pot and put in the pot

  • Boil 1l-1,5l water

  • add Boiling water to the the pot

  • wait for water to cool off so you can scrub them by hand.

  • Rinse of with lukewarm water and leave to dry

  • Make one coffee or tea and throw out

  • Then your coffee or tea pot is ready to use

With Vinegar

  • In a pot, add half cup vinegar

  • dismantle all the parts of the coffee or tea pot and put in the big pot

  • Boil 1l-1,5l water

  • add Boiling water to the the pot

  • wait for water to cool off so you can scrub them by hand.

  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and leave to dry

  • Make one coffee or tea and throw out

  • Then your coffee or tea pot is ready to use

Use Vinegar recipe to clean and dissolve lime from water boiler.

You can use these recipes to cleaning thermos bottles, water bottles and to go cups as well.

I hope you enjoyed my post as much as i enjoyed researching.

Thanks for reading

Some sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin

https://www.quora.com/How-does-baking-soda-clean-differently-than-detergents-soap

https://www.livescience.com/why-baking-soda-vinegar-clean.html

https://sustainabilitynook.com/is-baking-soda-eco-friendly/