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How to Remove Coffee, Tea Stains That Your Dishwashing Liquid Can’t Wash Off

This simple hack can get your mugs shiny and clean!

Photography: Charlene J. Owen

If you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, chances are a lot of your mugs are stained with the brew, and it can be quite hard to wash the discoloration out, even with the most potent dishwashing liquid. The solution, however, may already be in your kitchen: baking soda.

Baking soda has a lot of uses, and yes, it can easily remove those stubborn stains. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:


1. Put around a teaspoon of baking soda into the cup you want to clean.

2. Add a few drops of water so that the powder is damp but not melted: the consistency should be rough enough for you to be able to scrub with it.

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3. Gently scrub the stains with baking soda until they come off. The powder changes color as it works its magic.


4. Rinse, and repeat when needed.



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