Absolute cleanliness is not as essential in a teapot as it is in a coffeepot but the teapot, nonetheless, should be washed frequently and thoroughly after one or two uses. When you discard used tea leaves, empty them onto paper toweling or waxed paper, which may then be rolled into a ball for discarding.
The essential thing in making tea is that the water be brought to a furious boil. Purists will heat the teapot first by pouring some of the boiling water into the pot, letting it stand briefly before emptying. I find this unnecessary for all practical purposes and I simply put
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