Tea Ball Revivial: Redux

That tea ball (OK, infuser) hasn’t killed me yet, but it was looking rather grody despite a more-or-less monthly run through the dishwasher. So when Mary made up a bleach solution to sterilize her plant starting pots, I tossed it into the bottom of the pan for half an hour:

Bleached tea ball

Bleached tea ball

Zowie! All the organic schmutz vanished, leaving it as good-looking as new.

No before picture, alas, but maybe next time…

Memo to Self: Do that more often.



  1. #1 by frenzie on 2012-06-21 - 11:08

    Wouldn’t a regular dish washing brush and/or sponge* take care of cleaning a tea egg/ball better than a dishwasher? I’m not bothered by some slight brown discoloration, but once in a while I decide to wash it along with the dishes and it works just fine for me. So what kinds of teas do you use? My present favorites are Earl Grey and Japanese green needle tea, with regular English breakfast tea for backup.

    * I understand Americans almost exclusively use sponges?

    • #2 by Ed on 2012-06-21 - 15:24

      a regular dish washing brush and/or sponge* take care of cleaning a tea egg/ball

      Whatever gunk plates out of my tea doesn’t come off: even our favorite scrubby brush gets no traction!

      I’ve been drinking Japanese Sencha Green Tea, scooped from the bulk bin at the grocery store. However, having just read the ISO standard for tea brewing that specifies 2 g/100 ml, I must increase my dosage…

      • #3 by frenzie on 2012-06-21 - 15:42

        Right, sencha is the proper Japanese name for green needle tea. ;) Here’s a picture of the green tea I currently use. Unfortunately there’s no such thing as bulk bins of tea over here, but since proper tea is still cheaper or comparable in €/g than the cheapest tea dust that’s quite alright with me.

        • #4 by Ed on 2012-06-21 - 16:24

          sencha is the proper Japanese name for green needle tea

          Duh. Learn something new every day… [grin]

          the cheapest tea dust

          Sometimes you get interesting additives in bulk tea, too!

        • #5 by frenzie on 2012-06-21 - 17:03

          Ah yes, such buggy additives would probably be ground up right along with the rest of the tea in the dust bags I spoke of. I wonder why they only put proper tea in those pyramid bags (which are rather expensive).

        • #6 by frenzie on 2012-06-23 - 14:17

          I took before and after pictures. Cleaning did less than last time, but due to some compositional issues the after picture the discoloration actually looks worse than in the before picture. It’s not like that in real life. Note to self: next time whip out the DSLR instead of using the oh-so-convenient phone.

          • #7 by Ed on 2012-06-23 - 19:35

            A dash of bleach and … it’ll be perfect! [grin]

        • #8 by frenzie on 2012-06-24 - 06:06

          I think the color is friendlier this way. ;)

          • #9 by Ed on 2012-06-24 - 07:56

            Why, it’s even organic!

            Which has, somehow, acquired the connotation that it’s perfectly good for you… [sigh]

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