How to remove stubborn coffee stains from your cups

If the bottom of your mugs look anything like mine then you must be a coffee addict – those stubborn

If the bottom of your mugs look anything like mine then you must be a coffee addict – those stubborn brown stains prove it!

That ugly residue builds up quickly and even the toughest elbow grease is no match. Luckily, we’ve found a quick, cheap and chemical-free remedy. All you will need for this is some baking soda.

Removing stains with baking soda:

  1. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the bottom of your cup
  2. Add just enough water to form a paste
  3. Lightly scrub with a sponge or cloth

The gentle abrasion of baking soda scrubs away stains in a matter of minutes! If you have some brown residue on your coffee mugs try adding baking soda to your cleaning routine and see how it works.

If you don’t have baking soda handy another trick is to use the vinegar and salt method.

Removing stains with vinegar and salt:

  1. Wet the inside of the mug with white vinegar
  2. Add a small amount of regular table salt to the cup
  3. Lightly scrub with a sponge or cloth

Salt works as a mild abrasive, similar to baking soda, and is very effective in lifting stains without causing damage.

Removing stains with vinegar and hot water:

  1. Fill your cup half way with hot water
  2. Fill the remaining capacity with white vinegar
  3. Let this sit for about 10 minutes
  4. Pour the vinegar water out and wipe the cup over with a sponge
  5. Rinse, dry and enjoy your next beverage

Have you tried any of these methods? Tell us how it went.

  1. I bleached mine just yesterday. Using tea bags stains all the time.

  2. I have a friend in Scotland who drinks his tea so strong you can stand a spoon in it. His cup is always stained very dark–he’s convinced it adds to the flavour.

    So…whenever I visit I put the cup to soak in bleach and hot water until it’s sparkling white. He hate’s me for that!.

    (Last time I put the bleach in a different, identical mug and let him smell it and see it was white–double bluff when I brought out the mucky one untouched!)

  3. I learnt something many years ago from a much older person. They used a little salt on her fingers and simply wiped the wet cup out. (if the cup is already dry quickly wet it). Works like a charm, no chemicals needed, no need to make up pastes.

  4. Good tips, but just as easy to scrub with a sponge scourer when/if washing up or let the dishwasher do it for you.

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