‘Amazing’ method to remove stubborn brown mug stains in 10 minutes

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Cups and mugs can become stained very quickly if not rinsed quickly after finishing a beverage due to the tannins found in beverages such as tea.

These marks will not come off with hot soapy water or in the dishwasher but they will still be clean enough to drink from.

Posting on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page, Tia Macaulay wrote: “Does anyone know how to get rid of tea stains in a mug? I have a lovely Cath Kidston mug but I can’t budge the stains.

“I also can’t put it in the dishwasher. I’ve tried soaking it in boiling water with washing-up liquid and it’s not worked.”

The post attracted more than 30 comments from other online enthusiasts, with the most popular suggestion being denture tablets.

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Sophie Jackson commented: “Denture tablets are amazing. Don’t use bleach as it will damage the glaze and will stain worse.”

Sonia Alden wrote: “I use denture tablets and boiling water. Let it sit for a bit and then wash as normal. It is much safer than bleach and better than bleach, does the job perfectly.

“I prefer to buy the minty denture tablets as then I can smell if the tablet has lingered a bit and I need to wash the cup a bit more.”

Harriet Young commented: “My nan recommended using denture tablets as she uses them for her teeth but also around the house for literally everything. They work so well and are just so cheap.”

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Start by filling the mug or cup with boiling water before adding a denture tablet which will fizz to remove the brown mark.

Check the mug every couple of minutes but it should only take around 10 minutes for the stain to budge.

Denture tablets can be picked up from various retailers including Sainsbury’s 30 pack for just £1.

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This means each mug will cost around 3p to clean, much cheaper than alternative cleaning methods.

Hard dishwasher tablets can be used in the same way to remove stubborn marks, although this may work out slightly more expensive than denture tablets.

Dishwasher tablets are designed to tackle hard water, remove stains and dissolve grease so are perfect for mug marks.

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