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 removing tea stains from 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.
While learning how to clean tea stains from cups is a piece of cake, and the methods themselves take only a few minutes, it’s not really something we want to be doing time and time again. You’ll find it much more convenient if you keep your tea and coffee mugs clean as you go along. When you’ve finished your drink, rinse the mug, and pay a little extra attention to the brown ring around the top, just giving it a little scrub under the tap with a sponge and a small amount of dishwashing detergent. Yes, it’s a little more effort than just leaving your mug on the work surface, or popping it into the dishwasher, but it’ll prevent those horrible brown marks from forming and, most importantly, from continuing to grow.