Remove brown mug stains in ‘five minutes’ with ‘game-changing’ cupboard staple

Dri-Pak give a demonstration on how to clean stained mugs

Posting on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook group, Rose Griffiths wrote: “Please can anyone tell me how I can get this stain out of my mug please?

“It always gets washed in the dishwasher so I don’t understand why it has gone like that in the first place, thank you.”

If not rinsed straight after drinking tea and coffee, the tannins, which are the staining agents in the hot beverages, cling to the porous surface of any mug, no matter the material of it.

These stains will then not come out when hand washed or even washed in the dishwasher as they need some abrasion and light elbow grease to remove them.

Luckily, there are lots of ways to banish the stains in a matter of seconds and Rose’s post received more than 180 comments from fellow cleaning enthusiasts sharing their top tips and tricks.

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June Miller wrote: “Use a spot of bleach with hot water before leaving to sit a while. Make sure to rinse thoroughly.”

Jamie-Lee Eissa said: “I soak my mugs once a week with water and bleach. No need to buy anything specific, just a little bleach and water and give it a scrub for five minutes.”

Paige Dawson added: “I always soak my cups and teaspoons once every six months or so in bleach, works a treat and brings them up like new.

“Best trick I was ever taught, I got sick of buying new teaspoons and then my good old Mum mentioned bleach and it’s game-changing.”

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The cleaning enthusiasts recommended checking the cups after just five minutes to see if the stains have gone.

Asda sells their Just Essentials bleach for just 52p while Sainsbury’s sells their cheapest bleach at 70p.

Using just a drop of bleach when cleaning mugs could mean each cleaning session could cost less than just 3p due to the size of the bottle.

When using bleach, it is important to use gloves to avoid irritation and to keep the solution away from children and pets at all times.

Other group members advised not to use bleach all the time to clean mugs and crockery because it can take the “glaze” away from them. Instead, they recommend using denture tablets to help bleach and whiten mugs while removing nasty brown stains from them.

Natalie Allan wrote: “Use denture tablets. They’re cheap to buy and work a charm. I don’t like using bleach to whiten mugs.”

When placed in a mug with hot water, the tablet will begin to fizz and work to remove the brown stains, working in under 10 minutes. They can be purchased from supermarkets as well as B&M for as little as £1 for a tube of 20 denture tablets.

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