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Clean coffee or tea stains from cups using denture cleaning tablets, can also be used in other ceramic containers.
Source: I saw it on a TV program on how to clean things on a low budget.
by John from Lanarkshire, Scotland
There are lots of great ideas here! Thanks everyone.
My suggestion is to avoid all the abrasive techniques. If you have to rub it then it will eventually make your cups or other items look old. Cleanser, salt, toothpaste, etc. All those powders and pastes are abrasive to some extent. Don't use them if you don't have to. Cleaners that work without scrubbing or rubbing will make your glassware look better longer.
This is a guide about cleaning discolored coffee cups. Cups and mugs can become stained with coffee and sometimes need more than just soap and water.
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I used to live in England and they drink lots of tea there. The way that they clean the stains is to wet the inside of the cup and rub salt over the stains. It works easy and fast. This also works for coffee stains.
By Heather from Whitman, MA
I buy an container of Oxygen based cleaner at the Dollar store and just put about 1/2 scoop in the cup, fill it with hot water and the stains are removed immediately. No scrubbing with anything harsh that might damage the surface of the cup or mug. (12/06/2006)
excellent suggestion (01/07/2007)
Best for me have been the commercial tablets sold to clean dentures. Drop one in the dirty cup filled with water, and Voila! Completely clean in a few minutes. (02/27/2007)
I tried Jane's toothpaste method. It worked like a charm!!! The toothpaste I used contained baking soda too, which could have made the results all the more amazing. (05/12/2007)
I use 409 spray. Just spray it on and watch the stains run. If the stains don't run with just spraying the 409 on the stains, then take a sponge that has the non-stick cookware scrubber on one side, wet the sponge with water and wash the cup with the 409 spray using the scrubber side of the sponge. The stains will wash away with very little effort. (01/12/2008)
The oxygen cleaner works like a charm with NO effort! (04/23/2008)
This truly works and it is so easy. Thank you! (07/06/2008)
The salt worked like a charm and so fast! Thanks (07/12/2008)
Thank you - amazing! and no environmental impact. THANK YOU! (07/25/2008)
For VERY tough tea stains, this finally did the trick - first, scrubbed with salt and damp green scrubby, then scrubbed with baking soda, then soaked in pure bleach for half an hour. None of these worked on their own, but a combination of all seemed to loosen the stain and finally remove it.
Thanks for advice! (09/07/2008)
I have read through the entire list of suggestions for cleaning tea/coffee stains from cups from the list of posted suggestions and have tried them all at one time or another. None of them worked.
The cup has the name "Eurita, Reston Lloyd", Made in China. They are light colored and have a glossy finish. They are light in weight so I am sure the are not china, but they may be ceramic. (12/04/2008)
By Norman T.
I just used the salt method. It worked great. Thanks a million. (01/01/2009)
Cream of tartar and a little water work great on cups and on your coffee pot. (01/17/2009)
By j suber
To remove tea and coffee stains from cups or glasses, dampen a dishcloth or paper towel with water, then dip in baking soda and rub. This also works for baking dishes, like CorningWare.
By Robin from Washington, IA
To get rid of stubborn tea and coffee stains in mugs add a good shake of detergent powder to a large bowl of water and leave the mugs in it overnight.
By Heather from Vermont
I've also found that it works well to use a tiny amount of cleanser, such as Comet, on those stains. It takes them off immediately and leaves a shining cup.
Post by Nancy from PA
You can all so put a little Bleach and full up with water. Wait for about 1/2 hr or so and it should be clean. You can all so put it in plastic cups. Then wash with soap and water.
Post by Judy from AR
Clorox Clean-up spray works great! I use it on my coffee pot all of the time, as well as my iced tea pitchers that get stained.
Post by Tawnda
I use Palmolive Super Scrub Gel Paste when washing my dishes on those coffee and tea stains. Works great and I don't have to leave the dishes to do later. You can find this in the dishwashing item dept. in your grocery store or Walmart. 17oz. blue bottle with white cap.
Post by badwater
The very best way to remove tea stains from a cup is to sprinkle table salt in the cup and rub with a soft cloth. My Mother passed this on to me and I have been using this method for fifty years. It works wonders and is not caustic.
Post by Jane
A Chinese method, simply use toothpaste. it removes the stains instantly. try it and you'll be amazed.
Post by msquirrel (06/13/2004)
I know someone out there will come to my rescue so here is my question: what can I use to remove coffee and/or tea stains on CorningWare coffee cups.