How To Erase Coffee & Tea Stains From Mugs


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Today I am exposing a dirty little secret about my husband. Don’t worry I asked permission and he said he didn’t care. Probably because he sees nothing wrong with his habit and I on the other hand think it is gross.

dirty to clean in 30 seconds or less

Several years ago for my birthday my husband surprised me with 2  Starbucks mugs, one a 20 ounce vinti for me and a 16 oz grande for him. I loved them so much that later in the day we bought another pair using some Swagbucks earned gift cards I earned.

We have used those mugs almost every day since then and mine stay sparkling white while his are always full of stains from his earl grey tea. I have shown him numerous times this trick I am about to share with you and raved about how quick and simple it is and yet he just rolls his eyes and says “who cares”.

I tried explaining that a sparkling clean cup really does make the tea taste better, and he simply laughs and says “whatever”. Funny thing is usually it is me who is the messy in our relationship. You should see the man sweep and mop laminate floors. Once he is done it is so clean I can use it as a mirror!

He does wash his mug with soap and water, he just doesn’t use my quick method to remove the stains. I am guessing he knows that it bugs me so much that eventually I will just do it for him, like I know that if I don’t sweep he will because it really bugs him to walk on crumbs where as me ……not so much.

How To Remove Tea And Coffee Stains In Under 30 Seconds

How to erase tea & coffee stains from a mug in less than 30 secondsErasing these coffee & tea stains is simple and requires ingredients 99.9 % of homes have in their cupboards right now. Not that I did a formal poll or anything but I know that these ingredients are common to just about all households.

ingredients needed to remove coffee stains from mugsTo remove a minor stain all you really need is the baking soda  and some dish soap but when you (or your hubby) have let tea and coffee stains get really bad it helps to add a bit of vinegar.

  1. Take dirty mug over  to your kitchen sink
  2. Dump 1 tablespoon baking soda into bottom of mug
  3.  Add a drop or two of dish soap
  4. Add a drop of vinegar
  5.  Fill  mug half way with warm water
  6.  Scrub sides of mug with a kitchen cloth

And in less than 30 seconds your mug will be sparkling clean.

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  1. What a great trick! We have some nasty looking mugs here at work – we need that solution here! I bring my special tea mug home once a week to wash it in the dishwasher, because I agree that tea tastes better out of a clean mug!

  2. i sometimes just use a tablespoon of dishwasher detergent with a couple of tablespoons of water. Swish it around and the stains are gone.

  3. This is great!! I use milkglass coffee cups. I think they retain the heat very well and my coffee doesn’t get cold on me. As much as I scrub before putting them in the dishwasher, there are still stains!!

    • I hope that this works for your milk glass mugs as well as it does on mine. Mine too come out of the dishwasher stained, even when rinsed out right after I finish my coffee or tea. I hate it! but now that I have found a method that works it isn’t so bad.

  4. Donna Carraher says:

    I use a Magic Eraser on my stained mugs and it works better than anything I have ever tried.

  5. I clicked on this tip through Pinterest, because my tea mug had hard to remove stains, but as I was reading I happened to fill my mug with diet Pepsi, instead of using a glass like I usually would, just because it was handy, and when I went to rinse it I noticed that the stains came right out, so…I guess that the citric acid and carbonation in the soda worked the same way the vinegar and baking soda does? They weren’t quite as bad as his mug and maybe it’s just a fluke? I’ve never tried drinking soda from a mug before. Anyway, I just thought it was weird coincidental timing.

  6. Carol Banks says:

    Okay, how about my teaspoons? I think they’re all stained from the tea I drink all the time. Should I just toss them into one of my mugs with this solution?

  7. Carol Banks says:

    Oops, I just saw that I typed in the wrong email address, sorry!

    • I don’t think it would hurt the spoons any to try dipping them in the solution but being metal and not ceramic I don’t know if it would work or not. Worth a shot though.

  8. Recently, I have discovered that the Mr. Clean Erasers work just as well. However, seeing as I have run out of those, this will be a great tip to try. Thanks for sharing!
    You’re a Blessing!

  9. Susan McClure says:

    Thank you…this works great!!!

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