I removed stubborn brown frizz in two minutes for 9p without scrubbing – here’s how
Over long periods of time, mugs and teacups can become stained from tea and coffee if they are not cleaned or soaked immediately after use. The marks, which are caused by tannins, are the coloring agents placed in several different drinks to give them their color. If they are extremely stubborn, they may not even come off in the dishwasher, which was what had happened to some of my favorite mugs.
Although mug stains are completely harmless to the body, they can leave mugs looking dirty, which is not ideal when you have guests around.
To try and remove the stains from my mugs, I decided to research a few different methods online. There were a few options I thought I might try, but settled on using a dishwasher tablet since I already had them in the home.
To begin with, I put the kettle on and put a hard dishwasher tablet in the bottom of the mug, making sure to remove the plastic cover.
I used Tesco All-in-one washing-up tablets in the lemon scent which cost me £3.65 for 40. I also use these tablets when I run my dishwasher and each tablet works out at just 9p.
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Using a dishwasher tablet instead of bleach, which is often suggested, is much safer for the environment as well as the home, especially if there are pets or children around.
As well as using dishwasher tablets, Mrs Hinch fans also recommend using denture tablets to help dissolve stains.
Sharing advice on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips forum, Sophie Jackson said: “Protein tablets are fantastic. Do not use bleach as it will damage the glaze and stain worse.”
Sonia Alden wrote: “I use denture tablets and boiling water. Let it sit for a while and then wash as normal. It is much safer than bleach and does the job perfectly.
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“I prefer to buy the mint tablets as I can smell if the tablet has lingered a bit and I need to wash the cup a bit more.”
Harriet Young commented: “My namesake 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.”
Joanne Westwood also recommended using denture tablets dissolved in warm water. The Mrs Hinch fan added: “Old trick I learned from my Nan years ago. Cleans teaspoons up a treat too.”
When placed in a mug of hot water, the tablet begins to fizz and remove the brown spots on the cup. It is recommended to leave it to soak for at least 10 minutes, and repeat if necessary.
Prosthetic tablets can be bought from most supermarkets as well as stores such as Boots and Superdrug.
Bosch recommends adding a little fabric softener to the dishwasher if your appliance does not remove stains. The experts added: “Sometimes a cool wash won’t work.
“By increasing the temperature in the wash cycle, stains and detergents dissolve better. This can lead to improved cleaning results as well as more hygienic washing.”
To target stains, for example from tea or sauce, the experts recommended using an eco wash at 50C. Sometimes the spray arms of the dishwasher can also become blocked, which will disrupt the flow of water, resulting in dirty cups, mugs and crockery.