I’ll never forget the time, years ago, when I walked into the staff room of the company I had just started working for. They encouraged me to help myself to any of the mugs in the cupboard and pour myself a cup of coffee. I didn’t think to bring my own from home, so I was grateful.
I picked up one and out of habit I looked inside…it was all stained nasty brown. Yech. So I chose another, trying to be subtle since I didn’t want to offend anyone…same thing.
I decided to just go with it and use the last one I had in my hand…other than the bad staining, it was clean. I did not want to attract any attention by flipping through all the mugs on my first day at the job, oh boy!
I bided my time but within a month all the teacups & coffee mugs were looking brand spanking new. Was I a superhero with the rest of the staff? To tell you the truth, I don’t know if they even really noticed and if they did, it was a brief mention then forgotten about, lol. But I was sure happy about the improvement! And it was a relief not to have to give a nasty cup to a visiting VIP.
How did I do it? My method of choice is to use baking soda and water (you won’t believe how slick this works), but I have a few other tricks listed here as well. You’re sure to get your favorite mug back to looking brand new. These methods will work for both coffee and tea (including teapots).
*Each point below is a single tip
- Wet a cloth then use it to rub surface with bicarb or salt.
- Try a paste of corn starch and vinegar, apply and let sit for several minutes first before scrubbing.
- Baking soda & lemon juice.
- Salt and vinegar (leave on surface then wash off a few hours later).
Directions: Top up with boiling water, leave for several hours or overnight.
- Baking soda.
- Bleach OR vinegar (do not dilute these with water).
- 2 spoonfuls of dishwasher detergent.
- 2 denture tablets.
Note: After successfully removing the marks, rinse and wash well before using.
Directions: Toss in the ingredients (each line is a single method), fill pot with boiling water then leave overnight.
- Squeeze the juice from a wedge of lemon (1/4) and throw in the peel, add 2 TBS of bicarb.
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup Realemon juice.
- A couple denture tablets.
- 4 TBS dishwasher detergent.
- 1/4 cup of washing soda.
Here are a few more recommendations from the Comments section below:
- Magic Eraser: Use it as instructed to lift the residue
- Sugar: With a damp cloth to scrub surface
- SOS Steel Wool Pads
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Who woulda thought of that? Of course this would work! Rubber gloves are necessary for this job. Not a fan of this? I understand, but if nothing else works, why not try it.
- Toothpaste: Scrub with a toothbrush, wash clean
- Hydrogen Peroxide & Hot Water: Allow to sit through the day.