Tea stains in cups are annoying, and they're surprisingly common. There are a few different steps to getting rid of them, but if you follow these steps, you'll be able to enjoy your cup again.
If the tea stain is fresh, flush or submerge it with cold water.
If you can, flush or submerge the tea stain with cold water immediately. The water will dilute the stain and help to remove it from your cup.
If you are unable to remove the stain immediately, flush it with cold water until you can remove it with soap and water.
Apply a paste of citric acid and salt to the stain, and leave it for a couple hours.
To remove tea stains from cups, you can use a combination of citric acid and salt.
Citric acid is a natural acid that is found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. It also occurs naturally in many food products like pickles and sour cream. Salt is another household item that contains abrasive particles and so it can be used to help lift the stains off your cup.
You should be able to find these items at your local grocery store or pharmacy.
Clean off the paste with clean water, add a drop of detergent, and rub the spot gently with a tooth brush.
Use a soft toothbrush to scrub off the paste, adding a drop of detergent to the cup and rubbing the spot gently. Rinse it with clean water and let it air dry in an upright position on your kitchen counter top. If there are still stains after drying, repeat these steps until they’re gone.
If you don’t have access to any of these materials, or if they don't work for you, try using a soft sponge instead. Just rub gently until all traces of tea stain are gone!
Tea stains can be removed from cups using these steps:
Place a small amount of baking soda in a bowl and mix it with hot water. Then, dip a clean cloth into the bowl and rub it on the stained area of your cup.
Next, fill a large measuring cup with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and pour over your cup. Let this soak for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off the stain with soap and warm water. If you have particularly stubborn stains that won’t come out even after several attempts at removing them (or if you just want to be sure), consider adding vinegar directly to boiling water before making yourself some tea!
The next time you get a tea stain on your favorite cup, don’t despair! Try one of these methods, and remember to always use cold water.
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