How To Get Stains Out Of Coffee Mugs And Tea Cups

Many of us can’t start the day without that first cup of coffee or tea. However, over enough time, you’ll probably notice that your favourite coffee mug has brown stains around the top of the cup. While these stains aren’t necessarily unhygienic, they can spoil the look of a porcelain cup or tea set. If they are left without ever being cleaned, they will start to grow until the whole cup is brown on the inside. That’s why it’s best to tackle stains as soon as you first notice them. You wouldn’t want to serve your guests tea or coffee from stained cups, which is why we have put together these tips on how to get stains out of coffee mugs and tea cups. 

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Cleaning Methods To Get Rid Of Stains On Cups

Here’s a simple cleaning guide that’s easy to follow, to take care of stains on your tea cups. Use one of the four methods below to rid your cups and mugs of stains:

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda

Baking Soda is one of the best multifunction household cleaning agents. As it is a mild abrasive, it works very well at removing stains while not causing damage to fragile materials. To remove stains from your cups:

  • Wet the inside of the cup with cold water, then sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda. Add enough baking soda for the inside to be covered.
  • Leave the baking soda to sit for a few minutes before using a cloth or sponge to scrub around the cup. 
  • Lastly, wash the cup with your normal dishwashing liquid.

2. Salt And Vinegar

Not only are salt and vinegar great for fish and chips, but when combined they also serve as a household cleaner. Simply wet the mug with vinegar and use table salt in place of the baking soda used in the above method, or mix up the salt and vinegar to form a sort of paste. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before washing the mug out. This combination will give you a bit more scrubbing power while the vinegar will break down the stains.

3. Lemon And Baking Soda

Lemon and baking soda

Lemon, or lemon and baking soda work well for clearing stains from ceramic mugs. Try rubbing a lemon wedge over the stain. If it doesn’t come out, use the cleaning power of baking soda combined with lemon.

After rubbing the lemon, sprinkle some baking onto the stained area and let it sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing it with a sponge and rinsing it out. Don’t forget to finish off by washing the cup again with dishwashing liquid. 

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to create a paste. Rub the paste into the coffee stains with your fingers before scrubbing them with a cloth or sponge. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, then wash and rinse the cup. 


Now that you know how to get stains out of coffee mugs and tea cups, your kitchen cabinet should be free of stained cups. To keep your cups stain-free for longer, remember to always rinse out your mug after finishing your beverage, and if you notice a brown ring forming, scrub your mug under the tap with a sponge and some dishwashing liquid immediately. A little bit of effort will make all the difference instead of just leaving your cups on the counter next to the sink.
To avoid other messes from piling up at home, book a professional cleaning service with SweepSouth for your home to stay pristine and stain-free.

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