Simple Cleaning Methods to Tackle Tea Stains on Cups
If you want to know how to remove tea stains from mugs and from your favourite cups, then here’s a comprehensive cleaning guide that’s easy to follow, and makes use of cleaning products you may already have in your home:
Baking soda is considered to be one of the very best multi-function cleaning products. As a mild abrasive, it works away at stains, while not damaging fragile materials. To remove tea stains from cups, wet the inside of the mug with cold water, and sprinkle in a thin layer of baking soda, so that it covers all brown marks (it should stick easily to the damp sides of the cup). Leave for a few minutes, and then use a cloth or sponge to wipe all around the brown ring. You’ll need to give it a bit of a scrub – it won’t just glide off unfortunately. Follow up by washing as usual with your dishwashing detergent.
This method sounds more suitable to seasoning fish and chips than cleaning mugs and cups, but it really can work. The technique is very similar to that above, except that you wet the inside of the mug with white vinegar and use regular table salt in place of baking soda. Salt is another mild abrasive that is very effective at lifting stains without causing damage. Always make sure to wash your mug thoroughly afterwards with dishwashing detergent, unless you fancy a vinegar-infused tea in the morning.
Remember: try out these homemade solutions on a small area of your cup first before covering the whole surface to check there is no adverse reaction.
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