Cleaning Coffee-Stained Mugs {Tiny Tip Tuesday}


how to clean coffee and tea stains from mugs

Before we moved into our new house this past February, most of our “stuff” had been sitting in storage for almost 2 years! As we began unpacking our boxes, so many thoughts, feelings, and memories were returning to us – it’s amazing how old things can all of a sudden seem new again when you haven’t seen them for a long time. Old photo albums, keepsakes, knick-knacks and such…

how to clean coffee and tea stains from mugs

Well, except for coffee mugs. Our coffee mugs did NOT seem new again! In fact, they seemed older, dingier, and dirtier than we remember leaving them. Whatever residual stains were left on them only seemed to multiply as they sat in that little 5′ X 10′ storage unit for 2 years. I washed and washed and washed them, and even though the stains got a little lighter, they never really went away. Eventually, I’d forgotten about them and decided that the stains just added character – some flair, if you may!

how to clean coffee and tea stains from mugs

Ughh, who am I kidding? I hated them…a lot! So this weekend, I finally decided I was not going to look at those nasty coffee/tea stained mugs for one more day! So I got to work. I researched, tried a few ideas, and settled on the one I liked best – of course I should’ve known the winning product would be my all-time favorite scouring agent ever – baking soda!

how to clean coffee and tea stains from mugs

So I put some baking soda into a shallow dish, wet a wash cloth with very warm water (I tried with cold water, it didn’t work as well), dipped it into the baking soda to make a paste, and got to scrubbing. Just a couple of quick scrubs, and I was already seeing those stains magically disappear! This of course got me super excited, which made me work even more diligently, and I had those mugs cleaned up in no time – seriously, it was less than 5 minutes!

I gave them a quick rinse, and voila! Look at those before and after pics! I was so happy, I made a special pot of coffee just to celebrate my accomplishment :)

Note: For extra whitening power, a little peroxide added to your solution would work wonders! Thanks to reader, Sandy, for this great tip!

how to clean coffee and tea stains from mugs


Have you dealt with stubborn coffe and tea stains on your mugs? How have you tackled this problem? Leave a comment with your solution!

Cleaning Coffee/Tea Stained Mugs
Author: Sarah @ Nature’s Nurture
Baking soda and warm water are used to scrub away stubborn coffee and tea-stained mugs.
  • Baking Soda
  • Warm Water
  • Wash cloth
  1. Place some baking soda in a shallow dish.
  2. Wet your wash cloth with warm water.
  3. Dip wash cloth in baking soda to form a paste.
  4. Scrub mugs until clean.
  5. Rinse under running water.


ATTENTION: Tiny Tip Tuesday readers!! Some of my blogger friends have shown interest in possibly turning our Tiny Tip Tuesdays into a Blog Hop/Carnival – allowing other bloggers to share their tips right here on Nature’s Nurture every week! I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I think we could totally get a carnival going to bring you even more helpful tips from other like-minded blogs :) Leave a comment letting me know if you’d be interested in this idea! Also, if you’re a blogger and would like to participate in Tiny Tip Tuesdays, let me know and we can get it started as early as next week! Thanks :)


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Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, , began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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