Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tip of the Week: Remove Coffee & Tea Stains from Mugs

We drink a lot of coffee and tea in our house. Our mugs often have stains that don't come out with regular washing and drying. According to Patty Moosbrugger, author of the book Solve it With Salt (Crown Publishers 1998), these stains are easily removed with salt.

Salt: An inexpensive, cleaning powerhouse! 
Simply sprinkle a little salt on a damp sponge and scrub the stain out. If you need something a bit stronger, use equal parts white vinegar and salt to make your mugs look like new.


  1. Besides salt, a person can try baking soda. It has cleaned up some of my stains on my cups.

    Just sprinkle a little on and use it as you would a scouring powder type cleaner. Your cloth can be just a tad moist.

  2. Yes, baking soda works wonders. A little water and let it soak, then scrub it off. I find that works nicely too.

  3. A great tip to get your mugs looking like new.

    Thanks for sharing


  4. Thanks for all the information written in your article! I am currently looking for a residential cleaning company that I can hire to do our student housing apartments when the students move out at the end of the summer. Sometimes messes are left behind and I am not sure hot to get rid of them, so after reading some of your tricks I can try something new this go around!

  5. Can I mix salt baking soda & vinegar in ajar and use it later on?

  6. Salt, vinegar and baking soda are our best buddies in household cleaning.