Does anyone know how to get rid of stains from tea and coffee mugs?

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I would like to get rid of tannin marks from my mugs. I don't want to use bleach. Any suggestions?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 08, 2017
    baking soda mixed with ware in a paste.allow to sit over night
    • Mary Brien Mary Brien on Apr 14, 2017
      dab a damp sponge into a small bowl of baking soda and lightly scrub. It comes off in no time. Then simply wash and rinse.

  • Agn21440964 Agn21440964 on Apr 08, 2017
    bleach + water
  • Rita Benefield Rita Benefield on Apr 08, 2017
    Baking soda and white vinegar! Also great for drinking glasses that are looking a little dull!
  • Mavis Mavis on Apr 08, 2017
    Also, tablets used to clean dentures
  • Truman Truman on Apr 08, 2017
    Oxiclean
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Apr 08, 2017
    I'd let the mugs sit with cleaning vinegar for at least 24 hours, then rinse and clean thoroughly with hot water and dish soap. I have also used Barkeepers in the powder form and was very successful cleaning old dingy coffee mugs. Always rinse with clean hot water. Best of luck.
  • Veronica Veronica on Apr 09, 2017
    Just sprinkle some baking soda clean with a wet dish cloth or sponge. Comes right off coffee pots an coffee mugs. No need to soak.
  • Jl Jl on Apr 10, 2017
    Use a Mr.Clean"Magic Eraser" removes all stains
  • Julie D. Grant Julie D. Grant on Apr 11, 2017
    Caveat: Don't mix vinegar and baking soda. It creates a chemical reaction that will clean your drains!


  • I have put some dishwasher detergent and water and let it soak overnight and it worked. Of course, now I use gel packs for the dishwasher so I bought a very small bottle at the $ store. That detergent is more concentrated.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 11, 2017
    Do you have a dishwasher? Cascade Platinum! It's amazing!
    • Cbe7520511 Cbe7520511 on Apr 17, 2017
      That'S what I use too. Cleans the worst stains, and leaves mugs and glasses clean and Shiny!! ❤
  • Priscilla Shirley Jones Priscilla Shirley Jones on Apr 13, 2017
    Steel wool is easy to remove tea stains
  • Shi2449252 Shi2449252 on Apr 14, 2017
    I use white vinegar in my mugs, discolored glasses, coffee pot filter and anything else that is stained .
  • Carol Carol on Apr 14, 2017
    My husband's thermos gunk's up with coffee deposits. I just put in some liquid dish detergent and fill with boiling water. (When out of liquid I use powder detergent. Do not use the capsule detergents.) Let stand to soak out gunk stains & then clean & rinse as usual. Works every time & you will be surprised at what comes out when you empty.
  • Denise Denise on Apr 14, 2017
    I always use a Brillo pad.
  • Lisa Elias Lisa Elias on Apr 14, 2017
    Why not bleach? you can soak it for days with everything else or just put a tiny bit of bleach and clean it in seconds...it also rinses totally clean and it will kill any bacteria, fungus, or viruses. scrubbing it with abrasive pads could just scratch the interior and it will collect more stain.
  • Irene Townsend Irene Townsend on Apr 16, 2017
    I just sprinkle some salt in the cup/mugs and just wipe with your dish cloth rinse well. Most mugs/cups get stains in them after frequent use and dish washing machines don't always clean properly. Whichever you use make sure you give your mugs a thorough rinse.
  • Linda Linda on Apr 16, 2017
    Comet cleanser works fast!
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