when detergent fails to do the job.....

Singapore
September 28, 2010 2:18am CST
My cup looks so clean and beautiful on the outside but oh...the stains inside..... Do you know of any good ways to get rid of long-term, stubborn stains in cups? Thanks for the help.
1 person likes this
10 responses
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
28 Sep 10
Try 2 spoons of bleach with half a lemon in luke warm water, sweetie. Let it lie for about half an hour then you can wash them. That ought to help. TATA.
• Singapore
28 Sep 10
That sounds effective to me, I will try that. Thanks saph.
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
28 Sep 10
My pleasure, sweetie.
• Singapore
28 Sep 10
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Sep 10
Like coffee stains or something? I go at it with Ajax cleanser and a scrubber...
• Singapore
4 Oct 10
That is a strong cleaning agent, don't really use it much around the house, except for really dirty windows and old tiles...
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Oct 10
I use it for the stove, the sink and for coffee stained cups
• Singapore
7 Oct 10
I suppose these are the places that need it.
1 person likes this
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
28 Sep 10
Never let the cup stand with liquids for a long period before washing it, and if you got to wait with washing then pour it with water first... But that ofcause only works with new and unstained cups, but I dont know about old stains? Maybe a chemical of some kind?
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Yes, cups and dishes should always be washed promptly, unless they only contain plain water. For old stains, there are several useful suggestions above, you might like to refer to them?
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
29 Sep 10
I shall be reading them :) Because I find often that coffee leaves stains beheind - Im not a coffee drinker but my boyfriend drinks coffee so it is always possible to find some...
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Sometimes it is not evident after each wash, but then after a while, it accumulates and the stains became very obvious.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
28 Sep 10
For stubborn stains like these we soak them in hot water with liquid detergent meant for eating utensils a few minutes before washing them up. It should work for cups and the like.
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Hi tomi, I have used normal dishwashing detergent but it didn't seem to be too effective. Probably the stains have been there too long and have been absorbed by the wall of the cup!
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
I know how frustrating it is with stubborn stains. With lots of suggestions here hope by now you have had some success blue.
• Singapore
7 Oct 10
Yeah, lemon has worked for me so far. I also used the leftover lemon slices after I made my drink, so it was utilized to the maximum.
@ann101 (519)
• China
29 Sep 10
I used to use the metal scourer to clean the cup,I have heard that the toothpaste has the same effect but I have not try until now,maybe you can have a try and tell me the result :)
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Hi ann , Haven't heard from you for sometime, you must be busy... Toothpaste? That's something new, haven't heard it has cleaning properties though they are good for cleansing the skin of grapes. Thanks for the suggestion...
@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Sep 10
hi bluepavilion try some boiling water with plenty of baking soda in it to get rid of tea and coffee stains in your cups. of course bleach in hot water can work but then your cups will smell of cholorox so I prefer hot water and baking soda to the bleach method
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Hi Hatley, Thanks for the suggestion. I don't like strong smells so I actually prefer not to use bleach. Many others suggested natural substances like lemon and vinegar, if that would work, I will stick to that.
• United States
28 Sep 10
I use soft scrub and it contains bleach so what I do basically is use a dab of it and with my sponge and it gets it all out. This way I do not have soak and or leave any dishes for later as I am one when I am ready to do dishes I like to do them all at once.
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Hello! I like to do my dishes all at once too. I try not to leave them out as they can get really messy later on. I'm trying to learn good housekeeping in the kitchen. After I finish cooking, dirty crockeries used in the process of cooking would be soaked and then after we finish the meal, everything would be washed at once.
@emgee595 (336)
• Philippines
28 Sep 10
Hi bluemoonpavilion! I have encountered the same problem before. I used to drink coffee and tea when I was still a student. As a result my coffee mug got stained. I put some chlorine inside my mug and when the stain started to fade I washed it thoroughly. My mugs regained its whiteness and until now I am still using it. I don't let coffee or any dark colored drinks stay long in it and I always wash it immediately after every use so that the stain will not recur. Oooops! I don't know if what I did was safe and healthy so if you have other safer means of removing them please do so. Have a good day and happy myLotting! :D
• Singapore
29 Sep 10
Hi emgee! I guess chlorine works fine, but it may be better to use more natural substances like lemon and vinegar suggested by the others here. That is what I like about this site, when we ask for advice, many people have so many ideas and we can choose one which fits our own lifestyle. I do wash my cup after each use, but somehow as time goes by, the stains become more and more evident.
28 Sep 10
One good thing to do is to use some lemon juice and freshly boiled hot water. Let it soak for a while then wipe it clean. You could also use white vinegar, that is usually good enough for the job. Another popular method is to use sterelising tablets like steradent, which are usually used to soak false teeth in!!
• Singapore
28 Sep 10
Oh good, I have some lemons at home, I will use that. No wonder our detergents are made from lemons, they have cleaning properties! I don't know about steradent, I don't have false teeth, yet!
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
28 Sep 10
Hi, I also facing the same thing like you. Some of my mugs looks pretty nice from outside,but there is some stain inside and I am trying to clean it up all the time. I have found out few methods and it does help : 1. put a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water and scrub over the cup. 2. wet the cup and add some salts and scrub over the cup. 3. mixed 50/50 portion of seasalt and white vinegar, it does help to remove the stain. Give it a try and hope it works for you.
• Singapore
28 Sep 10
Hi shia, Oh, you have provided three solutions. As long as any one of them works, it would be great!