How to remove “stubborn” stains on teacups in minutes without “scrubbing” and without bleach

How to remove “stubborn” stains on teacups in minutes without “scrubbing” and without bleach

The deep brown, or black, color of tea makes it one of the worst for faring – it will stain almost anything it can. The reason tea stains mugs is because of the tannins in them. These are a class of astringent polyphenols also known as tannoids or tannic acid. They are found in a variety of naturally occurring substances, including wood and of course tea. Cleaning fans have suggested various ways to remove the marks, including a “guaranteed” hack.

Catherine Callander took to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page and asked for some advice. She wrote: “Any tips on how to get mugs clean of tea stains?”

While tea stains left on cups are harmless to the body, they can leave mugs looking dirty, even after putting them in the dishwasher.

Over 500 Mrs Hinch fans took to the comments section to satirize their top tips. Many agreed that Astonish Clean and Revive works well to remove these stains.

Amelia Underwood posted a photo of the cleaning product and said: “I’m always looking for products that might come in handy and buy them ‘just in case’. A few mugs with contours had thick build-ups that nothing could remove.

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According to Astonish, their Clean and Revive cleaner is a “completely unique” product for use on tea and coffee cups, teapots and flasks.

They said, “It’s formulated to banish ingrown stains that remain, restoring items to like-new.”

To use this product, the experts suggested adding one tablespoon (around 15-21 grams) of the product to flasks or pots or half a tablespoon per cup.

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They said: “Place stained cups, plates etc in the sink or on the draining tray as the reaction can be violent and water can overflow.

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“Fill with warm (almost boiling) water and allow to cool for one to two hours. Rinse well with clean water after use. For heavily stained items, repeat if necessary.”

Astonish Clean and Revive can be picked up from Waitrose & Partners for £2 or from Wilko for £2.50.

Other Mrs Hinch fans claimed they used prosthetic tablets to dissolve pesky stains from mugs and cups without scrubbing.

Glynis Miller said: “Steradent tablets for false teeth, or save your money and buy cheaper versions of denture tablets and soak overnight. They work on limescale in toilet pans too.”

Lyn Pc wrote: “Steredent denture cleaner. Brilliant for teaspoons, mugs, flasks etc. I use it all the time. Most supermarkets have a cheaper version.”

Cheryl Prince suggested: “Prosthesis tablet in a mug, pour boiling water over it and fill the mug. Then leave overnight.”

Elaine Fleming said: “Not Bleach! Please don’t pale. Use either denture tablets or Astonish’s cup cleaner.”

Christine Finlay added: “Try denture tablets, works a treat on stubborn tea and coffee stains.”

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