Cleaning Tea Stains the Easy Way

  • March 4, 2010

Anyone who drinks a lot of tea has a few stained cups and teapots somewhere in the cupboard. The stains can be a real nuisance, particularly on lighter porcelain.

Our Quality Assurance Manager, Rod, has a tried and true natural solution. Having been at Choice Organic Teas for twenty years, he’s encountered his share of tea stains. After tasting a new shipment of teas he always cleans out the tasting crockery with baking soda. He says that to get all the spots out, simply put a little baking soda in a dish, dip a wet sponge in it, and rub away the stains! The abrasiveness and slight alkalinity of the baking soda works like a charm. It’s a great, eco-friendly way to bring back the sparkle of your favorite china.

I tried it out myself on my own mug, working against 2 years of stubborn tea stains. (My mug looked so bad that my co-workers advised against posting the photo!) I was surprised at how well the baking soda worked, and how fast the stains came off. Except for the little chip on the side, it’s like a totally new mug.

Do you have any environmentally friendly cleaning tips to share?

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