Good Question Update: Stinky Vintage Kettle

Good Question Update: Stinky Vintage Kettle

Feb 28, 2008

A while back we were the happy winners of one fantastic Michael Lax vintage tea kettle. We were over the moon...for about 2 hot seconds. We opened the nicely wrapped package to the undeniable stink of cigarettes and Chanel No. 5. We were heartbroken at the thought of throwing out our new favorite yellow accessory so we did the only thing we could think of: we wrote in to AT for some reader help! Check below the jump for the list of killer cleaning tips:

You guys came through with an amazing list of ways to attack the stench and we're happy to report that we are, at this very moment, sipping a lovely steaming cup of tea straight from the kettle. Sure, the kettle still looks a wee bit funky on the inside, but we don't mind. Our tea tastes like Lady Grey, not old lady.

Here's what we did:

1. Boiled a mixture of white vinegar with water, let it sit and soak.

2. Scrubbed with baking soda and water, let it sit and soak.

3. Repeated. Again and again and again.

4. Wrote to AT for help.

5. Scrubbed inside with half of a lemon and salt (thanks Faith!).

6. Attacked with Bon Ami (probably could have also used Barkeeper's Friend).

7. Scrubbed with ketchup and salt.

8. Repeaedt everything, then repeated again.

9. Sniff sniff!

10. Boiled water for tea and enjoyed.

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