If you drink a lot of tea or coffee, you can end up with awful-looking coffee stains in your ceramic mugs that you use. And with more people working at home, it seems like everyone has favorite mugs that have become stained. But how can you remove those stains from coffee mug so they look like new again?
Hot soap and water
First you want to try the simplest way, just adding hot water and dish soap. Swirl the water around a little bit and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to allow soap to soak the stains. After you’ve allowed it to soak for 5-10 minutes, rinse it again with hot water and hopefully the easier coffee and tea stains should be removed and your mug will look like new.
For tougher coffee or tea stains, especially ones that have come from long term use of the mugs on a daily basis, these things can be a lot harder to remove and normally cannot be removed with simply the soap and hot water method. Instead, you’ll need to use baking soda.
Depending on the size of your mug, you want to add one to two teaspoons of baking soda together with a small amount of water. You want to make a baking soda paste and then apply this mixture directly to the stand. Allow it to sit on the stain for five or so minutes and then scrub it with a damp sponge, working the mixture on the surface stain. Rinse the mug again with hot water, and hopefully the stains are removed.
If baking soda doesn’t do the job, then it’s time to turn to vinegar. You want to mix equal parts of vinegar and hot water, and completely fill your mug to the top. Allow the vinegar and water mixture to sit in the mug for 10 to 15 minutes, then dump the vinegar and water mixture, and then wash normally using hot water and dish soap.
Preventing stains in the future
To prevent stains from setting on the mugs in the future, make sure that when you finish your coffee or tea that you are immediately rinsing your coffee cup. This will help prevent the stains from setting on the mugs, which will Greatly reduce the chances that your mug will be stained with each use.