How to clean a thermos from tea plaque and remove the smell?
Thermos allows you to save tea and other liquids that are poured into it when heated. Both tea brewing, and coffee, and decoctions of herbs leave a plaque and smell inside, often very unpleasant, which cannot be eliminated with a simple wash.
There are different ways to qualitatively clean a heat-saving container, preventing scratches on the flask and preserving the elastic parts in a normal state.
Features of easy primary cleaning
If a metal thermos is required, for example, to clean the inside of tea leaves and tea plaque, first you need to act as follows.
- Pour out what is left after use, pull out pieces of the decoction from under the rubber components of the thermos “inside”.
- Rinse the flask with running water, allowing the jet flowing from the tap to penetrate into the most remote and bottlenecks, as well as into the joints.
- Fill a bowl with boiling water by adding a washing gel. Shavings of laundry soap will also work.
- Cork well so that water does not spill and shake the vessel - the detergent will be able to properly clean the walls of tea.
- After pouring soapy water, “walk” with a soft brush or sponge inside the thermos.
- Rinse again, pour out. Wipe the case from the outside.
- Turn over and allow the water to drain completely onto the towel.
- When dry, the lid can not be wrapped, but just cover the thermos with a napkin.
How and how to remove complex contaminants?
Sometimes the dirty layer on the inside of the container is too resistant. It is not always possible to wash a thermos from scale and plaque the first time. In order to qualitatively rinse the vessel from the inside, you can use various means available in the arsenal of almost every housewife.
If tea stains are visible on the walls that cannot be washed in the usual way, you can use the baking powder used to knead the dough:
- fill the thermos with warm water;
- pour a couple of bags of powder;
- tightly seal the lid (cork) and stand for 2 hours;
- pour out the contents and wash the thermal product.
With a continuous coating on the inner surface, it makes sense to adopt lemon juice (or acid in granules):
- to begin with, squeeze a half-lemon into a thermos or pour 2 teaspoons of powdered acidic funds;
- fill the container with boiling water;
- screw in so that nothing spills and shake several times;
- forget about the dirty dish for 4 hours, and if the coating is very dense - at night;
- After pouring acidic liquid, rinse with tap water and dry the thermos.
If there is no citrus, then tea or any other ingrained plaque from heat-saving utensils can be removed at home, using vinegar - 9%. When there is only vinegar essence, 2 tablespoons (tablespoons) of caustic liquid are added to a glass of water. Recipe:
- fill a thermos with boiling water to a third of its volume;
- pour vinegar under the very neck and shake;
- hold the corrosive liquid in the container for 5 hours, and then rinse the flask with cold water;
- if necessary, clean out the remains with a brush;
- finish in the usual way.
A good way to solve the problem is soda, without which no kitchen can do. To enhance the effect, this powder can be mixed with the same vinegar.
If you just use soda, in water it is bred at the rate of a teaspoon in a glass of water and pour the prepared thermos flask to the top.
You can also make a paste by mixing soda with a small amount of liquid, distribute it on the inner surface of the thermos. Then fill the vessel with a solution of vinegar (4 parts of water should be part of the acidic product). Hold the container with cleaning agent for 6 hours. Then empty. Rinse with dishwashing liquid, rinse vigorously.
Mustard powder acts as a substitute for soda. To cleanse the following:
- fill in a large handful of the drug;
- pour hot water;
- screw on the lid and shake the dish;
- leave the contents in a thermos for a long time;
- rinse the container well after removal in the usual way.
An easy way to remove tea or some other stable coating is to use a salt solution:
- place a handful of salt in the flask;
- pour water heated to a high temperature;
- wait 120 minutes;
- wash the thermos.
As a cleaning agent, it is convenient to use any cereal, for example, barley. Rice grains will do. Half a glass of product is placed in a thermos, on top - a couple of spoons of soda. The remaining volume is filled with water. It remains to seal the container and shake, so that the improvised abrasive and soda do their job.
Complex cases can be dealt with with a shredded tablet designed to clean dentures. The powder is placed in a flask, and boiling water is poured on top and the cap is screwed. Then the thermos is shaken several times, after which it remains to rinse well in the usual way.
If the coating is very strong, you can leave the “tablet” solution in the container for several hours.
Suitable for cleansing and ammonia. If the remnants of tea or coffee are eaten almost tightly, this tool will help solve the problem. Given that it has a strong smell, He is advised to start pouring into a PET bottle. Make holes in its cover and thread through them. After that, turn the bottle upside down into the flask.
The substance drains into the dirty thermos by threads. Evaporating, it will do its job.
Purification with ammonia takes up to 7 hours. In especially difficult cases, they suggest holding it in a container overnight. After that, it will remain to wash with soap and dry.
It fights well with plaque and soda. The sweet drink is heated to high temperature and poured inside for half a day.
In the most advanced cases, use even White. For 3 parts of hot water, 1 part of the substance containing chlorine is taken. Mix and pour into a thermos. Close, and after 3 minutes poured. A thermos freed from contamination will have to be thoroughly washed from traces of bleach.
Remove unpleasant odor
Even if the thermos is washed, often when you unscrew the lid, a musty smell will still come from it. Sometimes it smells of mold. This is especially noticeable if the container is poorly dried, and then left closed for a long time after a quick cleaning.
Means, which are designed to remove plaque from the flask, help eliminate the disgusting odor that has been preserved inside the container. The same mustard powder or salt, placed inside without liquid, successfully absorbs bad "aromas". You can also use:
- activated carbon, pre-ground into powder;
- tea bag or fragrant herb;
- a handful of coffee beans.
If mold has settled in the thermos, you can pour it into it sodium bicarbonate and pour boiling water. Leave the vessel to soak for several hours, then wash and dry well.
From one acid citrus, add juice, pulp and skin to grind and throw in a thermos. Fill up to the neck with hot water, close the cork and hold for several hours.
And to get rid of the smell with the help of lemon juice or soda, it is enough to use the same recipes that are used for washing.
What can not be washed?
The persistent desire to get rid of contaminants in the thermos flask sometimes leads to damage, therefore it is better to refuse the use of some substances, while others should be used very carefully.
Do not use coarse abrasive products such as crushed eggshell or sand, as well as brushes with hard, or even metal bristles. Grater-gland is also contraindicated. Solids such as salt or soda should not be rubbed onto the inside. Both must first be diluted with water.
The appearance of even the smallest scratches obtained by inaccurate cleaning leads to the fact that with subsequent use, plaque sticks to the walls even faster. Bacteria after the operation of the thermos remain more and more, which means getting rid of the smell becomes more difficult every time. And most importantly, a thermos loses its ability to keep drinks hot, which makes it a useless item in the kitchen.
In order not to have to go to various tricks to return such a vessel to its original form and internal tidiness, it is important to use it correctly.
- After normal washing, always wipe dry all parts of the thermos, and also wait until the “sectors” inaccessible to wipe dry completely. To do this, the product must be kept in a warm place.
- Do not leave the container closed for a long time.
- You need to wash the thermos immediately after use, without putting it off for later.
- At the next wash, it is better not to be limited to simple rinsing, but it is necessary to use a dishwashing detergent.
- The water that the thermos is treated after use should be soft. This prevents the appearance of scale.
- If cleaning agents are used that act strongly and quickly, the container must be additionally treated with soapy water and rinsed several times.
Careful attitude to a thermos will allow to keep its functionality not a year, not two, but decades. A high-quality product will accompany its owner in a variety of life situations, regularly keeping drinks hot - both at home, on trips, and on camping trips.
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