Revive ‘heavily stained’ tea cups ‘effortlessly’ with ‘cheap’ solution in just 10 minutes

Britons are notorious for their love of tea, but not when those stains ruin their favourite cups. Luckily, there is a way to make this issue a thing of the past with two kitchen staples.

Daily Express details how to remove tea stains without bleach

For lovers of tea, there’s one very important thing they’ll need to know - how to tea stains from cups and mugs.

Those brown rings around the top of the cup aren’t unhygienic, but they can spoil the look of a porcelain tea set. 

Serving guests’ drinks in stained mugs is pretty much a major no-no for any good host.

The deep brown, or black, colour of tea makes it one of the worst offenders for - it will stain practically everything it can. 

To fix this, a money-saving Facebook page called My Financial Society has shared a simple tea cup cleaning tip.

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The deep brown, or black, colour of tea makes it one of the worst offenders for staining (Image: Getty)

They wrote: “Have coffee or tea stains over your cups? Hard to clean it or thinking of buying a special yet expensive cleaning solution to clean it?

“Look no further. Just get or . It's cheap, effective and simple.

“My mum likes to add one tablespoon of baking soda and white vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with hot water. It cleans heavily stained mugs effortlessly.”

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. 

How to use white vinegar for cleaning

How to use white vinegar for cleaning (Image: EXPRESS)
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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. Households will need to give it a bit of a scrub – it won’t just glide off, unfortunately. Follow up by washing as usual with dishwashing detergent.

Many people will already be familiar with vinegar’s effectiveness at cleaning. It is a tried-and-true method, one that indeed works well for removing tea stains in cups.

You’ll want to fill the cup halfway with distilled white vinegar and then fill the rest with hot water.

Allow it to soak for 10 minutes before scrubbing away with more dish soap. Finally, rinse it out.

Always make sure to wash your mug thoroughly afterwards with dishwashing detergent, unless you fancy a vinegar-infused tea in the morning.

Households need to try out these homemade solutions on a small area of their cup first before covering the whole surface to check there is no adverse reaction.

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