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How to Remove Tea Stains From Cups And Mugs Naturally

Don’t let brown tannin stains ruin a perfectly good cup of tea. Here’s how to remove tea and coffee stains from cups and mugs naturally.

Years ago I had this colleague who was prone to black tea in a very particular cup. However, he never washed out the cup – instead just rinsing it with water each time. I would always shudder when it was my turn to make the tea for everyone. The thing was so badly stained with tannins from the tea, that the white cup was completely dark brown on the inside – almost like a coating of fur. It was SO disgusting.

Whilst my colleague claimed the tannins in the mug contributed to the perfect cup of tea, I completely disagreed! I’m definitely of the mindset that to make the optimum cup of tea you need to start with a clean cup or mug.

Whenever I made the tea I’d secretly scrub out his cup with hot soapy water to make it a little more hygienic to handle. Yet even hot soapy water and a scourer were never enough to touch the sides of that cup. Those brown tannin stains seemed to be an integral part of that cup.

I am partial to a cup of tea – particularly plastic-free tea. And I’ve found that no matter how well – and how often – you wash your cups and mugs, they do often develop these tannin stains. Over the years I’ve found the best ways to remove tea stains from cups, cheaply, naturally and easily in just 30 minutes.

How To Remove Tea and Coffee Stains From Cups & Mugs

White cup next to a plant with blue text box that reads how to remove coffee and tea stains from cups and mugs naturally.

To remove stains from tea cups and coffee mugs, all you need is some soda crystals – also known as washing soda.

Simply add one teaspoon of soda crystals, and then fill the cup or mug with boiled water straight from the kettle. Stir to dissolve the soda crystals, and leave the solution to soak in the cup for at least half an hour. After half an hour, pour out the solution, and wash the cup in your sink, using a scourer or scrubbing brush to remove any residue.

For particularly stubborn stains, try soaking your cups overnight. Then scrub and wash them as before to shift these stains.

It’s such a simple and non-toxic way to remove stains, that I don’t recommend any other method. Nothing else I’ve found is as effective as soda crystals. Next time I’m cleaning my cups, I’ll be sure to post some before and after photos to this post. Right now my cups are sparkly clean so I have no good photos to share.

What Are Soda Crystals Exactly?

If you are wondering what soda crystals then, soda crystals are a simple one ingredient product – sodium carbonate. In plain English, this is a salt that contains no other additives.

Historically, soda crystals were extracted from areas where trees that had grown in sodium-rich soils had burned down. However, due to the versatility of soda crystals – they’re used in the soap, textile, and glass industries – soda crystals have long since been made commercially. Here sodium chloride (saltwater) reacts with limestone to form soda crystals.

Wondering where to buy soda crystals? You can buy soda crystals in hardware shops, in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket, or online very cheaply*.

If you don’t want to buy a bag of soda crystals just to clean your tea cups, then worry not. Soda crystals have heaps of uses around the home. From naturally unblocking drains to cleaning your washing machine and more. In fact, here are 15 uses for soda crystals. I am never without a bag!

I’m a huge fan of natural cleaning methods like this simple method of cleaning tea cups. I hope that by demonstrating just how effective natural products can be at cleaning, then you might be convinced to give products such as soda crystals and bicarbonate of soda a go at cleaning the rest of your home. If you’re inspired, do check out my complete guide to natural cleaning products.

Babies, Children, Families

Eco-Friendly Beach Toys & Beachwear For Kids | AD

This post on eco-friendly beach toys and beachwear for kids is paid-for content in association with Kidly and contains affiliate links.

Summer is right around the corner, and most of us are dreaming of lazy days spent at the beach.

Pre-kids, beach day preparations involved shoving some essentials in a bag and deciding which beach to visit. However, when it comes to spending the day with your kids at the beach, I find there is a lot more preparation work to be done to achieve that lazy day in the sun.

Does last summer’s swimwear still fit? Do I have the right sun protection? Do last year’s beach shoes still fit? Are last year’s beach toys still in one piece? These are all the questions I find myself asking in advance of the first beach trip of the year. That’s before I have even thought about how to make sure any replacements for outgrown beachwear or broken toys are sustainable. It’s enough to make your head spin.

The good news is that if you are looking for eco-friendly beachwear for kids, as well as more sustainable beach toys this summer, then Kidly is a great one-stop shop for almost all of your summer essentials.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Kidly is a retailer of design-led and parent-approved essentials for 0-5 year-olds. Kidly is always focused on finding innovative, conscious brands to stock. What’s more, Kidly is always looking to make its own brand – Kidly Label – more sustainable. From environmentally friendly materials to planet-conscious packaging, everything is carefully considered.

Kidly’s Eco-Friendly Beachwear & Beach Toys

Kidly’s eco-friendly summer shop ticks many eco-conscious boxes. This makes it easy for eco-minded parents to get almost everything they need for the summer holidays and days at the beach, all in one place.

Recycled Kids Swimwear

A selection of eco-friendly beach wear and beach toys, all in the colour green, from Kidly.

In Kidly’s summer shop, you’ll find Kidly Label sustainable beachwear, all of which is made from 80% recycled pre-consumer nylon waste.

Pre-consumer waste means that the recycled nylon used has been reclaimed from industrial processes, and would have been discarded before it was ready for consumer use. This could include scraps of material from factories that would have otherwise been downcycled, downgraded or sent to landfill.

When it comes to swimwear, nylon is used because it’s incredibly lightweight, and gives swimwear its strength. However, nylon is a petroleum-based material. This means that producing new nylon is both energy-intensive and emits greenhouse gases.

Choosing recycled nylon helps to reuse materials that would otherwise have gone to waste. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and helps to lessen our dependence on both petroleum and virgin plastics.

At Kidly, you’ll find recycled kid’s swim shorts to long surf sets, through to rash vests and swimsuits – both with and without sleeves. You’ll also find sun suits, again made from recycled nylon, and sun hats offering maximum coverage. These come in a wide range of fun coordinating colours, and all offer UPF 50+ sun protection.

For extra peace of mind, all of Kidly’s own label swimwear is also OEKO-TEX certified. This means that Kidly’s products have been independently tested and are proven to be free of harmful levels of toxic substances. 

As well as swimwear, you’ll also find sustainable kid’s sunglasses made from recycled materials. With Category 3 UV400 protection, these help to protect young eyes from the sun’s rays. Meanwhile, if you are looking for sandals to help protect little feet from sharp rocks, then Kidly’s jelly shoes are phthalate and BPA-free. Kidly really have thought of everything!

Eco-Friendly Beach Toys

Kidly has even taken care of the fun with its eco-friendly beach toys. Here you’ll find a range of buckets and spades in fun colours, all made from silicone.

Silicone isn’t plastic, it’s a synthetic rubber. As such it doesn’t break down into microplastics that can pollute our seas. Silicone is also much more durable, meaning those beach toys will last for years to come.

For easy packaging, Kidly’s bucket also folds flat. This makes it easier to pack into your bag for a day of fun at the beach. Holding 2 litres of sand, it folds down to an impressive 5 cm. The easy-to-hold deep-scooped spade also makes it easier for little hands to dig in the sand.

Dantoy recycled marine plastic toys

As well as buckets and spades, Kidly also stocks eco-friendly beach toys made entirely from recycled fishing nets and ropes. This range, made by Danish toymaker Dantoy, as well as being made from recycled materials, doesn’t contain any harmful substances, such as phthalates, perfumes or BPA.

Looking for a discount code? Handily, you can take £5 off your first order over £50 at Kidly with the code FIRST5

Kidly is also offering 15% off all first Kidly Label orders. Just use the discount code KIDLYLABEL at the checkout. This is valid until 11:59 pm on 20th June 2022.

As you can see, Kidly have almost taken care of everything when it comes to having fun in the sun. All you need now is the sun to shine (and your sunscreen) and you’re good to go! Here’s a useful guide to ethical sunscreen, should you need any pointers on what to look for in a good sunscreen.