How to Remove Tea and Coffee Stains From Mugs

Methods exist for successfully cleaning tea stains off mugs: bleach water, denture cleaner, sponge and Magic Eraser are all effective at lifting tannin molecules off of surfaces.

Hydrogen peroxide offers impressive cleaning abilities. Simply pour a small amount into a cup with enough warm water to cover the stain, and swish around.

Dish Soap

As a general rule, the best way to prevent tea or coffee stains on mugs is to wash them immediately after each use. But sometimes stains already exist and you must quickly eliminate them as quickly as possible. There are various techniques you can try – the trick being finding one suitable for your material of mug while being gentle enough not to damage any decorative paint or glaze on it. Steel wool scrubbers may work but be difficult on fragile materials like ceramic while scratching porcelain surfaces may damage it further; for stubborn stains that require aggressive action scouring pads may work wonders;

Or you could make your own homemade scouring paste using baking soda and water. Wet your mug before applying a thick layer of the paste with a sponge or cloth; once finished scouring away brown stains use your sponge/cloth to rub away them then rinse your cup when finished!

Vinegar can also help remove tea or coffee stains naturally and safely, without using harsher cleaning products. Simply dip a cloth or sponge into the vinegar solution, rub away at any stains, rinse, and your cup should be entirely spotless!

Denture tablets are another reliable solution that has proven popular with Mrs Hinch fans and can be purchased at most supermarkets or stores such as Boots for about PS1. Each 30 cleansing tablets costs about PS1, making this method affordable as it doesn’t cost too much per cleansing treatment. You could also invest in Clean and Revive which works similarly.

Some have discovered that rubbing a lemon wedge inside their mug is very effective at eliminating odor and stain removal, both through its acidic properties as well as deodorising properties. Just be sure to rinse out your mug thoroughly after use as citric acid can leave behind marks on most surfaces.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an affordable and eco-friendly solution to remove tea and coffee stains from mugs, with no toxic fumes to worry about like some cleaning products can. As a mildly abrasive cleaner, it can easily lift tannin deposits off without scratching ceramic surfaces or other fragile materials susceptible to scratching. Baking soda works alone or mixed with lemon juice vinegar or dish soap cleaners to thoroughly eradicate even stubborn stains.

Baking soda can be easily used by simply spreading a layer over any stain and using a sponge to scrub away. Although this may be messy, with enough baking soda and enough scrubby sponge you should have no trouble dislodging any tea or coffee stains from your favorite mug. Once complete, simply rinse and dry as usual afterward.

If the stains on your mug are especially difficult to shift, baking soda mixed with just a small amount of water may help. Apply this paste directly to any affected areas and let it set for several minutes before scrubbing it off with either a sponge or nylon scrubber – repeat until all traces of staining have vanished!

Vinegar can also help remove tannin stains from mugs, though the process can take more time and patience than pouring some vinegar directly on them. First, fill a mug halfway with distilled white vinegar ($4, Target). Next, add two teaspoons of baking soda and let it soak. Within minutes or so, the baking soda and vinegar should have combined forces to break down tannin molecules present in your drink and bring off those unsightly spots!

Alternatively, if the stains remain, use steel wool and some warm water to scrub your mug to remove residue. Be mindful not to scratch decorative paint or glaze areas of your cup when using this method; once your cup has been freed of its stains you can continue using as usual.


Vinegar contains an acetic acid that’s highly effective at dissolving grime and lifting stains, so it makes sense that vinegar is used as an ingredient in many commercial cleaning solutions. Utilizing some vinegar in your own home is an easy way to rid coffee or tea mugs of any stains.

Start with a mildly abrasive scrub. Baking soda’s natural ability to lift stains pairs perfectly with vinegar’s ability to loosen stubborn ones; mix some water into baking soda until you create a paste, and use that paste to clean your cup mug thoroughly – scrub until all stains have vanished then rinse the cup well afterwards.

If your stain won’t come off easily, more serious action may be required. One option would be to heat and soak your mug in vinegar; while this works effectively, this process takes more time and requires manual labor than some of the other options available.

Another approach is bleach. While this solution may be more hygienic, it still requires extensive scrubbing. To use it, pour a small amount of bleach into the bottom of your cup, fill it up with hot water, and allow it to sit in there for at least an hour – or longer, if possible.

Once your mug is clean, discard the solution and wash as usual. If stubborn stains remain, repeat this process until your mug is entirely free from dirt.

If you don’t have any special cleaners at hand, table salt is another simple way to help restore stains from your mug. Simply wet the inside of your cup with water before sprinkling a thin layer of salt over any stained areas. Allow this solution to sit for five minutes, before using either a sponge or paper towel to scrub at it for five more minutes before rinsing out and drying with a towel afterward. While this approach might not guarantee success every time, it should help return stained mugs back into pristine condition!

Lemon Juice

Nothing screams dirty like a mug splattered with deep brown or black tea or coffee stains, particularly ones caused by acidic beverages like tea and coffee. Unfortunately, staining liquid can soak into everything it touches and become difficult to remove once set – however most households possess cleaning supplies that can help get rid of stubborn coffee or tea stains on mugs.

Lemon juice has long been revered for its cleaning powers, and just a small amount can do wonders to remove coffee or tea stains on mugs. Simply rub a wedge of lemon over the stained area before rinsing thoroughly after. Repeat as necessary until all stains have vanished completely.

Vinegar is another reliable household item with remarkable cleaning abilities, and can even help remove stubborn coffee stains on mugs. Simply fill your mug with vinegar and let it soak for at least an hour or two; use a nylon scrubber to scrub until clean – paying special attention not to scratch porcelain surfaces! – rinse out with water after use before washing your hands to avoid direct exposure to vinegar residue.

If the above methods don’t seem to do the trick, try scouring pads. With their powerful abrasive power and soap ingredients, these pads should help remove even stubborn coffee or tea stains from your mugs. Just be sure to test on an inconspicuous part first to make sure they won’t scratch or damage its surface!

Denture tablets can do wonders to keep your mouth and teeth clean, as well as clearing away stubborn mug stains on cups and mugs. Simply fill your favorite cup or mug with the tablets, allow them to soak for at least an hour (ideally longer! ), rinse out with soapy water afterward, and remember to also clean both your hands before continuing on with normal operations.