Whether you choose to fight exhaustion with tea or coffee, chances are you’ve dealt with brown stains inside your cups. And mug gunk is no regular stain either. No matter how many times you put your mugs in the dishwasher, the residue hangs on, trying to convince you it’s here to stay and that you’d better make your peace with it, or get new drink ware.
Don’t replace the contents of your cupboard, though. Using items you probably already have at home, you can rescue your caffeine tankard from the scourge of mug gunk.
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Tannins, the staining agents in tea and coffee, cling to the porous surface of any mug, no matter the material they’re made of. These molecules are also present in red wine—another difficult stain to remove. You’ll need to use abrasion and some light elbow grease to get rid of them.
Scrubbing takes work and you might prefer to save your lemons to flavor your drinks. If the natural method doesn’t appeal to you, let the bleach do the heavy lifting.
No matter what you do, porous materials like ceramic, china, and the stainless steel in travel mugs will get stained eventually. Keep them clean for longer with these tips.
Remember we mentioned tannins? They bond well with the limestone and calcium carbonate in hard water, creating an insoluble material that accumulates inside your coffee or tea mug. Prevent this by using filtered water for your morning drink. Cleaner water means tannins will have fewer mineral molecules to bond to, automatically decreasing the chances of dark stains.
A water filter for your faucet or a pitcher with interchangeable water filters will do the job.
If you’re someone who leaves the tea bag in the mug while they drink, stop it. First, that’s not how you brew tea, and second, this will not only stain your mug but your teeth as well.
Find out what the ideal steeping time is for the kind of tea you’re drinking and set a timer to remind yourself to take the bag out. This is also a perfect excuse to get some tea bag holder dishes or a new mug with a built-in holder.
Leaving empty coffee mugs scattered around your place doesn’t help, as both your home and your cups will look dirty.
As soon as you finish your morning joe, make sure to rinse the cup. Yes, this may mean actually going to the nearest sink, which can be hard when it’s often preferable to, well, not do that.
Solve this by keeping a water bottle nearby so you can immediately dilute the coffee residue. Just pour some water into your mug and swirl it around to avoid gunk sticking to its walls. That way you’ll only have to leave your seat when your body requires a new dose of caffeine.
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