How to Get Rid of Tea/Coffee stains?

Peter's coffee cup
@pgiblett (6595)
Canada
February 26, 2016 8:26am CST
One of the biggest problems faced on a daily basis are the tea of coffee stains that after time appear on your, cups, mugs, or even saucers (if you choose to drink your poison that way). I remember as a child doing the washing up we would regularly find a caffeine ring around the cup, some simply would not come out. Today I have a dish washer as do many people in the western world, but still the cups come out (occasionally) with these coffee stains Do you ever get rid of those dastardly stains? Do you have a simple solution? Or do you have to reach for the CLR every once in a while?
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
26 Feb 16
I use baking soda, it usually solves the problem.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
That has been said a few times. Here in US/Canada there is a company called Arm & Hammer that has a book of 101 uses of their baking soda and that is included in it.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
27 Feb 16
@pgiblett We have another brand here, it is very old and I have also a book about the 500 uses of baking soda. I use it a lot in my kitchen.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
27 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Who would thing it would have such wide applicability?
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@whiteream (3521)
• United States
5 Mar 16
I don't have any trick to removing them. I just keep cleaning until they come off.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
5 Mar 16
So you haven't tried baking soda
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@whiteream (3521)
• United States
6 Mar 16
@pgiblett baking soda with peroxide works.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
6 Mar 16
@whiteream I would think peroxide would get rid of anything.
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@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
26 Feb 16
Try to use washing soda. It should work. If not immediately, then you can try to soak the cup in it overnight.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
Is that the same as baking soda, or is it for clothes washing?
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@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
8 Mar 16
@pgiblett Washing soda is stronger than baking soda.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
8 Mar 16
@scheng1 OK. I have never heard of it before.
@amadeo (65895)
• United States
26 Feb 16
No I throw them out.If I cannot get rid of them.(kidding)I do not have any solution.Are those the blue willow plates there
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
They are both blue willow, but the cup and saucer come from different sets, I just grabbed the saucer for the picture.
@amadeo (65895)
• United States
26 Feb 16
@pgiblett thanks.Do you have the collection on this?Blue Willow?
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
@amadeo We used to have a full set, but time has taken care of that.
@gudheart (12752)
8 Mar 16
I have not really had this issue very often thankfully. I find that most washing up powders usually do the trick ;D
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
8 Mar 16
I find they do get it off 95% of cups, bet we have one cup where the stain simply stays.
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@gudheart (12752)
8 Mar 16
@pgiblett That sounds frustrating. Is it a faded stain or quite noticeable?
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
8 Mar 16
@gudheart Most of the time it is faded and can be scrubbed out with a scouring pad, bur sometimes I guess I forget and it gets worse.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
26 Feb 16
Baking soda works for me. I just take a paper towel, put some baking soda in the cup and use the paper towel to scrub with.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I think I saw that on in the book 101 uses for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
27 Feb 16
@pgiblett I've known about baking soda cleaning powers for many years. I use it on my pots and pans. It's cheaper than Comet or Ajax and does just as good of job.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
28 Feb 16
@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 16
I don't know what CLR is, but I just use washing -up liquid and scrub with steel wool. If they are really bad I use bleach, but make sure to wash them thoroughly afterwards.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
CLR is available in the USA and Canada to work on those hard to clean stains. I know bleach works, but nowadays bleach is slowly being replaced by a non-corrosive version which is useless to man and beast.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
26 Feb 16
@pgiblett I wouldn't use anything abrasive on a Blue Willow tea cup, as that just ruins the surface, and any future stains will go deeper into the china.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
@Raelove That wasn't the cup with the stain, I tried to picture the stain but it didn't come out well.
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
Sometimes, I use an S.O.S. pad and then rewash the cup with dish liquid very well and rinse.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
What is an SOS pad?
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
26 Feb 16
@pgiblett It's steel wool with soap in it. SOS is a brand name, but there is also Brillo and a few other names.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
@Raelove We have Brillo which much of the time is good enough.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
26 Feb 16
I wrote about this awhile back. I do it every so often with a weak solution of chlorine bleach and hot water. It not only works like a charm, but it also disinfects the glasses and mugs. You just pour a little of the solution into the glasses/mugs, let them sit for about 10 minutes, and that's it. Just rinse the bleach solution out really well in lots of cool water, and let the glasses and mugs air-dry, and you're good. My mother handed that little trick on down to me, and I've used it ever since.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I have seen that suggestion before. I started this discussion because the first cup I selected for my coffee this morning had a ring in it. I wanted to see the options available, I have one or two choice methods I use myself.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
26 Feb 16
@pgiblett I haven't found anything that works as well or as fast as bleach. So many people are reluctant to use it, and I'm not sure why. But whatever works for you...
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
@Raelove I am sure it does work, I was merely commenting of the quality of bleach these days.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Feb 16
I use carb soda or a bit of Ajax or other cleanser. Don't you just love having a dish-washer though? I do.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
27 Feb 16
I do love having a dish-washer, we have had one for more than 25 years, they have improved over time, but don't quite get the tea/coffee stains out. normally scouring pad does the job, but sometimes not.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Feb 16
@pgiblett I love the way glassware and cutlery comes up sparkling too.
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@MGjhaud (20737)
• Philippines
27 Feb 16
i just use baking soda. it works.. sometimes you have to mix it with detergent or lemon.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
27 Feb 16
I have used freshly squeezed lemon juice on it's own sometimes.
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@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
26 Feb 16
I scrub them. Like crazy
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
27 Feb 16
I have done that before.
@Corbin5 (106416)
• United States
26 Feb 16
Well, I am not a tea drinker but I do like coffee. I know my mother-in-law uses Bar Keeper's Friend to get rid of any kind of stain.
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
I don't know Bar Keeper's Friend, but I can see that if it works for bar glasses it should work for tea and coffee mugs.
• United States
26 Feb 16
When I have a tea stain I usually rub some baking soda around and it removes the stain without much fuss
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@pgiblett (6595)
• Canada
26 Feb 16
Yes Baking soda is known to work, as we dish-wash all the time I have found a little Brillo gets rid of most.