Reader question… “My husband and I are both heavy tea drinkers. Many of our teacups and mugs are badly stained and the stains don’t come off no matter how hard I scrub them. Do you know of a natural non chemical way of removing the brown stain from the cups?” –Annette

Baking soda!

Just dampen a cloth, dab it in a bit of baking soda, and scrub at the brown stain. You will be AMAZED at how quickly and easily the stain disappears. This will also work on coffee stains.

Salt on a dampened cloth will also remove stains, but I think the baking soda does a much better job.

Try the baking soda… I think you’ll be very surprised!

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I remember as a kid we all used baking soda to clean our teeth. Salty but effective. Now, as an old woman, I use baking soda to clean my dentures. Works wicked good!

Annie L

It’s good to find a natural remedy that works.


I was skeptical but I had a favorite coffee mug that was stained brown so I gave it a try. I was amazed because the baking soda completely removed the stain! It didn’t even take much scrubbing. Thank you for a great tip. You saved my favorite mug.