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#1 of 12 Old 03-27-2006, 01:57 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't know if this is the right place, but I can't think of any other. How do you get coffee and tea stains off the insides of white coffee mugs?

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I'd try a good scrubbing with baking soda. Its always worked very well for my coffee and tea stains.
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A weak bleach solution will do it.

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Just put a spoonful of baking soda and fill with hot water and let it soak and until it cools and it should just wipe away. This works well with the coffee pot, the tea pot and spoons that get a little filmy from coffee.

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I let my cups get very stained with tea and coffee and now and then I just rub it down quickly with a green plastic scrubby pad - no vinegar, no detergent - and it comes right off. Why do we think we need a product everytime something is dirty?
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A good soak in HOT water with oxygen bleach.

No scrubbing
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Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it around the mug with your fingers. Quick and easy!
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A coarse cloth, some water and a little elbow grease. You don't need anything special, but all the above suggestions work too--Unless you have cracked glazed cups, in which case I've yet to hear of a way to get rid of the color in the cracks.
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Baking soda and a rag, you don't have to scrub hard or anything and it's safe unlike bleach.
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Thank you ladies!!! I tried the baking soda and water and rubbed it around w/ my fingers, and POOF the stains disappeared! MAGIC!

Thanks again!

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Now, I don't think this would work very well with badly stained cracks...but just a few weeks ago I read somewhere that if you have a fine hairline crack in a cup or bowl (you know how they absorb water so they are very visable)--you can soak the item in warm milk for about an hour. That is supposed to make it less noticable.
I would clean the crack with the baking soda and water (a thin mixture so it seeps into the crack), then scrub lightly with a toothbrush to really get in there. Then soak.
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