Day 91 - Clean Your Tea Strainer Naturally


If you're a tea drinker, an easy way to cut down on your waste is to buy loose tea rather than tea bags, so long as the loose tea comes in a recyclable, re-usable, or compostable container.  You'll need to buy some kind of tea strainer in order to steep your tea, after which you can compost your used tea leaves. 

I've had my tea strainer for a few months now, and after many cups of tea, it's started to look a little rough.  Granted, I didn't buy the most expensive or fancy tea strainer around, but I felt it deserved a little bit of care to get rid of some of the rust stains and tarnish. 

The good news is, a little bit of good old baking soda and vinegar does the trick quite nicely.


  1. Baking soda
  2. White vinegar
  3. A small bowl
  4. An old toothbrush


  1. Mix about a tablespoon of baking soda with about a half cup of white vinegar and soak the tea strainer for about 20 minutes.  
  2. Then, with your toothbrush (I used an old plastic one which I repurposed just for such an occasion) scrub away the rust and tarnish from the metal.  
  3. After that, give it a good rinse under the tap, and leave it to dry on a tea towel. 

I'm finding that baking soda and vinegar can tackle just about anything.  What home projects have you used them for?