We all know that our most loved mug or ceramics plate (China) will one day eventually get stained-especially with dark liquids, like many teas and coffee, and this article is about how to remove stains from ceramic.
There’s no need to hurry to the store to spend money on powerful chemical cleaners.
When this builds up, a little bit of baking soda, water, and vinegar is all you need.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
You will need a tablespoon of baking soda a half cup of white distilled vinegar and a half cup of warm water.
This amount can be changed, just be sure to have equal parts of water and vinegar.
Pour a tablespoon of baking soda into your mug or cup. Make a solution of a half cup of white vinegar and a half cup of warm water, and pour this into the mug (make sure it is able to cover all of the stained areas) allow this soak for a good 2 hours or so, and then wash off.
You can allow it to sit for longer if need, or give it a gentle scrub at the end with a piece of fabric.
Stains in a mug can be a comforting testament to how much the mug is used (loved and enjoyed), and it also requires to be cared for (loved).
When that day comes, don’t forget to check your pantry or kitchen cupboard and use these healthier alternatives to chemical cleaning products.
Salt & Vinegar
This technique sounds more suitable to seasoning fish and chips than cleaning cups and mugs, but it really can work.
The method is very similar to that above, except that you get the inside of the mug with white vinegar and use normal table salt instead of baking soda.
Salt is another mild abrasive that is very effective at cleaning stains without causing damage.
Always remember to wash your mug thoroughly afterward with dishwashing detergent, except you fancy a vinegar-infused tea in the morning.
Remember to try out these homemade solutions on a small area of your cup first before covering the whole surface to check there is no adverse effect.
Stain Prevention Tips
While learning how to clean tea stains from cups and mugs is a piece of cake, and the techniques themselves take only a few minutes, it’s not really something we want to be doing regularly.
You’ll find it much better if you keep your tea and coffee mugs clean as you go along with the following means:
- When you’re done with your drink, wash the mug with water.
- When a brown ring stain is seen around the top of the mug, it should be given a little scrub under the tap with a sponge and a small amount of dishwashing detergent.