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If you're making an everyday recipe from a European cookbook, you can memorize a simple rule to convert milliliters (mL) to teaspoons: five milliliters equal one teaspoon. However, if you need precise measurements for baking or cooking for a large crowd, or for a scientific experiment, you may have to do a little math. Otherwise, the tiny difference in volume between five milliliters and one teaspoon could add up to a big mistake.

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Check your recipe or instructions to see how many milliliters you need to convert.

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Divide the number of mL you need to convert by 4.92892183. This conversion factor is the actual metric volume of a teaspoon. If you need to convert 10 mL to teaspoons, divide 10 by the conversion factor to see that 10 mL equals precisely 2.02884128 teaspoons.

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Convert teaspoons back to mL by multiplying the number of teaspoons by the same conversion factor (4.92892183). For example, to convert two teaspoons into mL, multiply two times the conversion factor to see that two teaspoons equals precisely 9.8578436 mL.


For amounts larger than 10t mL, switch the unit of measurement to centiliters (cL). A milliliter equals .001 of a liter, while a centiliter equals .01 of a liter. Switch from teaspoons to tablespoons as well; a tablespoon is equal to three teaspoons. The conversion factor for cL to tablespoons is 1.4786765.


The amounts used above are U.S. measurements; the British Imperial system uses the same names but slightly different measurements.

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Alexis Vega-Singer

Alexis Vega-Singer has been an editor for ten years, doing general copyediting and developmental and production editing for ESL textbooks. She has an A.M. from Harvard in Greek and Latin Philology.