How to Clean Coffee & Tea Stains In Cup

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  1. Neil
    October 13, 2007

    When those pesky little coffee and/or tea stains start to show up in your favorite cups, try using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.

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  2. Helen
    October 18, 2007

    A Greenie scratch pad cleans your cups and glassware with hardly no scrubbing. I use them on everything – and they don’t scratch your dishes.

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  3. Donna
    November 8, 2007

    Tip for tea or coffee-stained cups: Magic Eraser!

    You can use it on the finest of china! I use it on my china tea cups when they get stained.

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  4. Maggie
    November 28, 2007

    Pour bleach (Javex, Old Dutch, etc.) into the stained cup. Swirl it around til the stain disappears. Pour bleach into a clean jar and cap it tightly. It can be used quite a few times, kept handy beside dish-washing soap. Wash the bleached cup well with hot soapy water, then rinse well. A little effort is required.

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  5. Barbara
    February 2, 2008

    Drop-in a denture cleaner and leave over night. Rinse clean or wipe with a sponge. Done.

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  6. Lori
    May 17, 2008

    I had once read that using plain white Colgate toothpaste would clean my white porcelain crock pot. Worked like charm. Tried it today on coffee stained coffee cups. Worked great. Non-abrasive like salt. Non-toxic like bleach. Also does not leave the taste of salt or vinegar in the cup.

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  7. Shiela
    May 24, 2008

    I didn’t have white Colgate so I tried Crest Pro-Health. Worked so great I was amazed!!! Try it, you’ll love it!

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  8. Lon
    August 26, 2008

    I use an S.O.S pad to clean a coffee cup. When I see a little stain in the cup, I take a wet S.O.S pad and clean the inside of the cup. It works great and is fast too.

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  9. Monica
    September 4, 2008

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to use bleach on the dishes that you may eat or drink from.

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  10. Jorge
    November 2, 2008

    Crest pro-health worked like a charm for me. I had a white china cup that has been stained for quite a while and whenever cleaned, it would take lots of scrubbing. I used the toothpaste mentioned before and it was so easy!

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  11. Ann
    June 24, 2009

    I would like to add my support to the toothpaste solution. I had previously tried vinegar and baking soda, but did not get the results I wanted. After searching, I came upon this thread. I just used what I had handy, which was Aquafresh whitening, but it didn’t seem to matter. Toothpaste really works!

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  12. Kim
    October 7, 2009

    I have always used bleach to clean my stained tea cups. It doesn’t take much and the cup looks like new. Make sure you always rinse well afterward. It also works on tea pots, finish with hot soapy water and rinse well. I use a strainer in my tea pot for loose tea, a little bleach and hot water makes it look like new as well. I am going to try toothpaste on some of my older tea cups. Thanks for all the tips.

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  13. Roma
    October 22, 2009

    I have used bleach, dental tabs, vinegar and baking soda, various scrubbers and always followed with soap and water. All have worked to clean my tea cups. My problem is that the following stains are darker and more difficult to clean. It appears that the inner finish of the cups has been damaged. I have several cups that are fine bone china and nothing I’ve tried works to remove all staining. Please help!

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  14. Ethan
    March 21, 2010

    I believe the reason toothpaste works is because it contains diatomaceous earth, a very mild abrasive. This stuff is actually tiny fossilized remains of hard-shelled algae. The shells are comprised mainly of silica or glass. So it’s similar to using Turtle Wax rubbing or polishing compound, but much safer of course.

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  15. Ed
    January 24, 2011

    Hot cocoa does the trick! When my tea mug needs cleaning, I make a cup of hot cocoa with two packets of cocoa powder, enjoy it, and when I wipe it out, the tea stains are already gone or significantly softened and easy to remove!

    I would guess it is either the acidity of the cocoa, the grittiness, or both that facilitate cleaning. The best part of this method is that you get hot cocoa AND a clean mug.

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  16. Paul
    November 3, 2011

    I tried soda, vinegar and lemon juice, but have not found them ideal.
    I find that soaking with a small amount of biological washing detergent works well.

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  17. Phil
    December 8, 2011

    I use bleach; it seems to remove all sorts of stains, and cleans flasks as well. Just wash with soppy water and dry afterwards.

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  18. Jim
    April 11, 2013

    Vinegar and baking soda do not work because vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base. You just end up with a neutral solution.

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  19. Fran
    May 26, 2013

    The toothpaste is amazing! I even used it to clean out the dishwasher – fabulous!

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  20. Janet
    November 18, 2013

    I just tried vinegar and salt. It really worked!

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  21. Barbara
    December 13, 2013

    I work in a retirement home in Tennessee. The coffee cups are stained inside all the time. Can the dish person use a bucket of bleach-soapy water to soak them and then run them through our dishwasher?

    Thank you!!

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  22. Larrybud
    January 20, 2014

    Any abrasive will just make it worse for the stains the next time around.

    Simple Green will take those stains right away with just a wipe of a rag after sitting there for a couple of minutes.

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  23. Meghann
    April 9, 2014

    Wow, the toothpaste really worked!!

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  24. Mary
    August 11, 2014

    I’ve used weak bleach on my lovely white china mugs for about four years. The glaze on the insides of the mugs is worn away. Definitely never used any kind of scouring pad/cloth/salt or bicarbonate. Now going to try toothpaste on my new mugs.

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  25. Hugh
    September 20, 2014

    Toothpaste is the best solution for coffee and tea residue on cups; quick and easy.

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  26. Rose
    October 2, 2014

    I use soda crystals. Average price is 68p for a kilo. I use a dessert spoon per mug, fill with hot water and leave to stand for a couple of hours. Rinse afterwards. Leaves no smell and perfect stain removal.

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  27. Lesley
    December 17, 2014

    Thanks so much! The baking soda worked perfectly. My china looks like new.

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  28. Shaun
    June 28, 2015

    Put two spoonfuls of washing powder into the cup, top it up with boiling water, leave it to stand for 20 minutes, then wash the cup under running water; no scrubbing at all. I’ve used this on cups, sinks, and tea pots, and it works every time.

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  29. Jenny
    October 4, 2015

    Colgate doesn’t work and neither does baking soda and water! I don’t want to use bleach on our cups… please help…

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  30. Octopus
    December 8, 2015

    Salt! Just sprinkle in salt and use a wet paper towel. I had a cup that went through the dishwasher and was hand scrubbed several times to no avail, but sprinkling in some salt and it was as shiny as new. This page suggests various ingredients, including baking soda and vinegar (which react to produce water + a type of salt), and also salt. Just — use — salt! Simple!

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  31. Karen
    December 30, 2015

    I make tea every day and the glasses became dark from tea stains. I searched for a way to clean the stains away, otherwise I was ready to toss the glasses out. I liked the post above from Octopus. However, I dampened a paper towel (used a couple to make it like a thick rag), then poured salt onto the paper towel and scrubbed the glasses. Then, rinseed off the salt. Worked like a charm! The glasses are clean, clear and bright again – I’ll be keeping the glasses.

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  32. Dave
    January 29, 2016

    Don’t use a scouring pad as the above advice says. Scouring pads finely scratch the enamel and make it more likely that your cups and mugs will stain again and a lot quicker than last time. A soft cloth should do or better still, one of the old fashioned mops. If you use a mop, don’t get all hamfisted or you might break the handle off the cup/mug. To be honest, and I don’t recommend it, I use a mop with a short handle (I cut the handle to length) and I use it set on slow speed in a battery powered drill. You won’t do that of course. :-)

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  33. Paul
    February 8, 2016

    You folks have missed the most obvious, simple and effective answer. The “Magic Eraser” did the job in under 5 seconds.

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