Tea Stain Removal: How To Conceal A Dirty Little Secret

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I’ve got a dirty little secret. Do you want to know what it is? I thought you might.

Well, lean in a little closer and I’ll tell you what it is: I reuse my dirty teacups.

Yep, I’m talking about taking a grimy cup I used for tea earlier that day, or even the night before and reusing it for more tea. In fact, I sometimes don’t even rinse it out first.

Now, before you start making all kinds of judgments about my character and personal hygiene habits, let me tell you that I have a perfectly good explanation. Okay. Okay. You got me, I’m just lazy.  And in all honesty, the girl in me is like, “Eww! You did not just do that!”

But, then the practical side of me counters with, “Hey, I’m trying to conserve water here, so bugger off.”

I’ve Tried Everything to Remove the Tea Stains:

All excuses aside, the reality is that I have a cupboard filled with terribly tea-stained dishware.

I’ve tried scrubbing my cups with a dish brush. It doesn’t work, just leaves white streaks through the tea stain.

I’ve tried using a scouring pad. It works, but requires a lot, and I mean a lot, of elbow grease.

Dirty Teacup

And as a last resort, I’ve pulled out the good ‘ole Brillo pad. It works, but these little suckers make a fine mess and frankly, they’re pricey.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my money on more tea, rather than over-priced steel wool impregnated with blue soap.

Could It Really Be That Simple?

Then one day whilst pondering my dilemma, I opened the kitchen cabinet and a familiar gold colored box caught my eye.Could it really be that simple?” I asked myself.

Understandably, I was skeptical. Because if my tea stains where so stubborn as to require a scrubbing of steel wool to remove them, how was this simple white powder going to do the trick?

Yet my fear of having to abandon my light colored mug collection for a more depressing Goth assortment, led me to give my new discovery a chance.

And you know what? That little golden box’s contents worked like a charm. I could barely believe my eyes. With very little effort, I had teacups sparkling as if they were new.

Do you want to know how I was effectively able to conceal my dirty little secret? If so, here is my hush-hush tea stain removal secret. Are you ready? It’s baking soda!

And the great news is that this white powdered dynamo, not only made my teacups shine like a bedazzled t-shirt glimmering in the summer sun, but it’s eco-friendly too!

Here is exactly what I did to make my treasured tea mugs come back to life.

How to Remove those Stubborn Tea Stains:

Clean Teacup

1. Rinse out the cup with water
2. Place about a half tablespoon of baking soda
in the cup; may need a little more for really stubborn stains
3. Wet a paper towel just until damp (Warning: Don’t use your favorite dish cloth for this because some of the tea will be transferred to the cloth and then you’ll have a whole different tea stain removal problem!)
4. Over the sink, so as not to get baking soda everywhere, place the damp paper towel in the cup  and swirl around the baking soda until the stain is gone. You shouldn’t need to use too much elbow grease here, just let the baking soda do the work for you.
5. Once the stain appears to be wiped away, simply rinse and dry.

Well, that’s it! See how easy that was.

Now no one will be the wiser if you have a dirty little secret like mine 🙂

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Additional Photo Credits: A Girl With Tea (before/after pics)

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea (and not to take anything too seriously).

 

 

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2 comments on “Tea Stain Removal: How To Conceal A Dirty Little Secret

  1. Sarah October 30, 2010 4:21 AM

    Thank you for this tip! I stupidly was drinking mate from my bone china (i know, i know) and it left green rings. I didn’t even use a dish towel or a paper towel, i just sprinkled some baking soda, and rubbed it around with my fingers, and voila! Who’d a thought? Thank you for saving my good china!

    • a girl with tea October 31, 2010 1:45 PM

      Awesome! I am so glad to hear that baking soda did the trick for your bone china. I love that you just used your fingers; I’ll need to give that a try 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

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