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How to Clean Tea Stains from Mugs
Kitchen Cleaning

How to Clean Tea Stains from Mugs

It's easy to deal with the tea and coffee stains on your cups. This guide explains how to get rid of tea stains on mugs using a few products – read on for more!

Brown stains inside tea and coffee mugs are a common complaint, and it’s something that troubles everyone. However, we don’t need to be stuck with tea or coffee stains in the cup, and we don’t need to serve our guest's hot drinks in stained vessels either. It’s actually quite simple to remove tea stains from cups when you know how.

How to Remove Tea Stains from Cups in 4 Steps:

After months, even years of drinking from your favourite mug every day, you may have started to notice that no matter how much you wash your cup, it never comes up as clean as when you bought it. Tea and coffee can stain quite badly (so badly, in fact, that some clothing manufacturers use high-quality Kona coffee to dye fabric), so it’s not surprising to find a dark line around the place where your hot drink has settled in the mug.

Once that stain has dried, it may seem impossible to remove, but it’s not. Are you tired of having dirty-looking mugs? Do you want to know how to remove coffee stains from cups? Here are some easy ways to remove stains from mugs without having to scrub away for hours:

Step 1:

Rinse your mug with cold water to remove any loose dirt or particles.

Step 2:

Add baking soda or salt directly to the stain or either on your sponge. These products are mildly abrasive, so they will help break down the stain.

Step 3:

You should be able to see a difference! If needed, then let the mug soak by filling it with hot water and a little dishwashing liquid. Empty the mug, and then repeat the baking soda process to help remove the tea or coffee stain.

Step 4:

Rinse and wash again with the dishwashing bar or liquid if required.

Key Steps:

1. As tempting as it is to leave your mug on the side after enjoying a relaxing hot beverage, it’s always best to give it a rinse as soon as possible.

2. Pay particular attention to any brown stains that have formed and give them a quick scrub, even if you’re not going to do the washing up straight away. Leave to soak and return to your washing up in an hour or so.

3. If tea stains do build up on your cups, have some baking soda or table salt on hand to help scrub away those brown marks.

Maintaining the fresh, new, hygienic look of your mugs and cups isn’t just about giving them a thorough cleaning every once in a while using the methods above, it’s also about keeping on top of stain management. The sooner you tackle a stain, the easier it will be to remove: stains are much more difficult to deal with once they have ‘set’ as they become part of the porcelain when they dry. It takes mere minutes to remove new stains – which is much better than regularly soaking mugs for hours to remove older, more stubborn marks.

Removing tea and coffee stains on your mugs and cups is easy, and it can transform their appearance; give it a go and see!

Top Tip

When cleaning tea stains from mugs and cups, it’s best to use a good quality dishwashing bar or liquid (we like Vim Liquid Lemon or the Vim bar). Products like baking soda or salt can also help you scrub the stains away. Just be sure to test your cleaning solution on a small area of the mug before covering completely.