Whether you are a tea or a coffee person, you may find it hard to get up in the morning without a cup of your favourite freshly brewed drink. There is nothing better than starting your morning with a cup of tea or coffee in your favourite cups. If you still on the lookout for new cups to buy, you must check out this indigo stamp ceramic green teacup from Ellementry to revamp up your tea routines. What more, these ceramic cups are hand-painted and easy to wash.
One thing you may find it hard to do is to clean stains from your cups. Whether it is tea or coffee that the cups are being used for, staining is a problem we all have been facing for ages.
Who is not familiar with those brown rings in or around your cup? Even if you may wash your dishes thoroughly, these stains are often there to stay spoiling the look of your favourite ceramic teacup.
Serving tea or coffee in a stained mug is not something a good host would do. But how to take care of your tea and coffee cups easily so that they can serve you for years to come?
Here are some tips to deal with tough stains on cups to help you keep them as good as new!
Why do cups get stained?
More often than not, your cups are a victim of tea stains. While the name suggests tea, these stains can be caused by coffee too. They can be more prominent if you drink deep brown or black coffee or tea.
Black tea does not only stain your cups but practically everything! Your cups, your teeth, and even your clothes if you spill some on them.
Why are tea stains so difficult to remove?
Well, the simple answer to this question is polymerization. It is a process where two or more molecules react together to form another big molecule. In the case of coffee or tea, the first molecule is an organic chemical found in beverages while the other is oxygen. The longer you leave tea in the cup, higher are the chances of polymerisation.
If these brown marks are not tackled at the right time, they will keep on growing and you will be left with only stained cups in your kitchen.
How to tackle stains on tea and coffee cups?
Here are some easy and homemade hacks that you can use to tackle stains from your favourite mugs.
- Baking Soda
One of the best and most commonly found cleaning products in your kitchen is baking soda. It is cheap, easily available and versatile. With mild abrasive properties, it helps you get rid of stains while ensuring that your cup is not damaged.
Simply wet the insides of your cup with cold water, put a thin layer of baking soda and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Give it a light scrub and wash as usual.
- Salt & Vinegar
While you may think this is a weird combination, it is an effective solution if you don’t know how to take care of your tea and coffee cups. This hack really works and is simple to use. Simply wet the insides of the cup with vinegar and sprinkle some salt. Scrub and wash as usual. Don’t forget to thoroughly wash the cup afterwards or you will get a vinegar infused coffee the next morning!
Lemon is another household product that has effective cleaning properties. In fact, many dishwashing detergents also add lemon to their product for its effectiveness and good after smell. To clean your cups, simply sprinkle some lemon juice over the stains and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rub with a clean dishcloth till the stains are removed and wash your mug thoroughly as usual.
While it is a good idea to learn how to take care of your tea and coffee cups and the methods are quick and easy, it is not something you should look forward to doing. When you go out for cups to buy, you promise yourself to keep them clean and new for some time. It is much more easy and practical to keep your cups clean and avoid stains.
As soon as you finish your drink, just rinse the mug, paying some more attention to brown rings on top. Scrub the cup with a sponge and detergent. Yes, it is that easy. By simply not leaving your mug on the counter or throwing it in the dishwasher, you will save your favourite cup from horrible stains.
How to store teacups?
Another important way to take care of your tea and coffee cup is by storing them the proper way. Teacups made of porcelain, ceramic or bone china must be stored away from high work areas. They must not be stacked too high or on top of each other, nor should they be stored within the reach of children in the house. When you have to decide on cups to buy, you must pick one that goes with the theme and décor of your kitchen, as well as your personal style. Something as simple yet elegant as this blue meadow green teacup from Ellementry can fit in any theme of the kitchen and make your tea drinking experience a little more fun. The cup comes in a pack of two and is made of hand-painted food-safe material.
Did you know it is so easy to remove stains and take care of tea and coffee cups? Now that you do, it is time to spruce up your old cups and bring them a new shine!
Let us know what you think of these tips? Have you tried any of these hacks? We would love to hear back from you! Do tell us in the comments below! Visit Ellementry to buy some of the best cups.