How to Remove Tea Stains from Cups in Dishwasher

The dishwasher is a one-end solution to wash all of your ceramics and other items used in the kitchen. Usually, dishwashers can clean tea and coffee cups. However, you will get a hard time to clean the cups in a dishwasher if they got stains.

Today, we will let you know how to remove the tea stains from cups in the dishwasher. We will also describe the other procedures that you may follow to remove tea stains from your cups.

How to Remove Tea Stains from Cups in Dishwasher

How to Remove Tea Stains from Cups in Dishwasher – With Proven Method

The procedure of cleaning tea stains from cups in a dishwasher is easy. Here is how to use a dishwasher to remove tea stains:

  1. Open the dishwasher and observe the soap space.
  2. Refill the soap space with a proper dishwasher cleaning agent that can remove stains.
  3. Open the button rack and put the dirty cups in it (make sure that the cups are dishwasher safe)
  4. Put the cups in order so that you don’t block the water sprayer.
  5. Close the dishwasher properly and turn on the machine.
  6. Choose the appropriate mode (ideally heavy-wash) to remove the stains.

Note that a dishwasher can never remove the stains entirely from your tea or coffee cups. You may need to use other methods for doing so.

Other Methods that You Can Use

Below, we described some of the most effective methods of removing tea stains from cups. They are easy and can be done using some household items. Check the procedures out from below.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the popular household items which have multipurpose uses. It also works effectively as a whitening agent and cleaner. You can use the baking to remove stains from the cup. Here is how you will do this:

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You will need:

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Microfiber Cloth
  3. Water

Put one tablespoon equivalent of baking soda on the cup. Then add a few some water to make a paste. Leave the glass in this condition for a while. Then use the microfiber cloth to rub the stained areas in the cup. Then clean the glass using the freshwater. The stains should be removed. If there are still some remaining stains, then repeat the procedure. Finally, you should end up with stain-free and shiny cups.

Remove Tea Stains from Cups in Dishwasher

Salt and Vinegar

The mixture of salt and vinegar is often used to preserve fish, chips, and other items. Ever wonder you can remove stains from cups using the same ingredients? Here is how you will do this:

Required Things:

  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloth

At first, take some salts equivalent to one tablespoon on the cups. Then add some white vinegar to wet the salts. Then rub the mixture using a microfiber cloth targeting the stains. The abrasive properties of the mixture should be able to remove any sticky stains. Clean the cup with dishwashing detergent and water to end up with stain-free cups. Repeat the procedure if required.


Lemon has some acidic properties which work as a reliable cleaning agent. You can remove the stains from teacups using lemon juice. Here is how you will do this:

You will need:

  1. Sliced Lemon
  2. Water
  3. Microfiber cloth

At first, squeeze the juice from the lemon and pour it on a small bowl. Then pour the juice on the stained cups and then rub the stains using the microfiber cloth. Do it for a while and then let the cups sit for a couple of minutes (ideally 10 to 15 minutes). Then clean the cups with natural freshwater. The stains should be removed. Repeat the procedure if needed.

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Using Commercial Products

Sometimes, the tea stains can become so sticky that even the procedures, as mentioned above, may not work. In such situations, you may use the commercial product like bleach water, and other available solutions in the local and super shops. Below, we will let you know how to remove tea stains from cups using bleach water.

Things you will need:

  • Bleach
  • Sponge
  • Warm water

The procedure is simple – Take a bowl and pour one gallon of water in it. Then add one tablespoon of bleach on the water. Now put the cups in the water-bleach mixture. Scrub the stains on the cups using the sponge. Let the cups sit in the water for a while. After sometimes, take out the cups and clean them with fresh water. If the scrubs have not removed the repeat the procedure again.

Usually, stains build up when you leave the cups for hours after a drink without cleaning. You can easily prevent the development of stain by just cleaning the cups after every drink. Following the way, you don’t need to deal with the frustrating stains. Hopefully, the techniques mentioned above will help you to get rid of stains from your teacups.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is passionate about home improvement and design. As a child, she grew up helping her dad renovate their childhood home. Many of her skills came from this experience. Jessica loves DIY projects and sharing her passion for home design with others since she lives in Los Angeles.

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