April 9

How to Clean Stains from Ceramic Cups


Cleaning stains from ceramic cups can be frustrating. Many use abrasive pads or resort to soaking the cups with environmentally harmful chlorine bleach. Here’s a better way.

One of nature’s all-purpose cleaners, baking soda, will remove coffee and tea stains from ceramic cups better than almost any other cleaner. The cups will be sparkling clean. The result will carry the satisfaction of having used something that is both effective and friendly to the environment. Here’s how to do it.

Sprinkle On Generously

Wet the cups to be cleaned by passing them under a running tap, or by dunking them in a sink partly-filled with water. Sprinkle baking soda generously into the cups, both on the sides and bottom.

Thoroughly wet a small sponge or non-abrasive scouring pad.

 Do not use scouring pads containing metal or steel wool. Sprinkle some baking soda on the wet pad as well. Using the pad, scrub the inside of the cups in a circular motion around the inside of the cups. Add more baking soda if necessary. It’s cheap.

Rinse the cup under a running tap. Repeat the process if necessary. Then rinse again. The baking soda that goes down the drain is environmentally compatible, unlike chlorine bleach, which damages septic systems as well as watersheds and water and sewer treatment processes.

Try Other Marks


Baking soda also will remove some other stains from ceramic cups, depending on the marks and the glazing or ceramic composition of the cups. Some success has been achieved removing marks left behind by spoons or whisks used to stir flour mixtures for gravy.

Once the cups have been cleaned, wash them thoroughly by hand or in a dishwasher. If by accident some baking soda is left behind and swallowed, it is harmless in small quantities. By contrast, chlorine bleach can be very harmful if even small amounts are swallowed.

Do Sinks, Too

The cleaning involves using a sink, of course. So if the sink happens to be stainless steel – bingo! – baking soda will work wonders on them, too. Here’s what to do.

Run some warm water in the sink to wet it. Leave the drain open. Sprinkle baking soda generously over the wet bottom of the sink.

The same kind of sponge or non-metallic scrubber pad used on the coffee and tea cups, will also work well on stainless steel sinks.

Wet the pad thoroughly. Sprinkle baking soda on it generously. Scrub the base of the sink crosswise repeatedly. Look for a ‘grain’ pattern. Follow it. Don’t forget the drain. To clean the sides of the sink re-wet the sponge or scrubber and generously re-apply baking soda. Scrub the sides of the sink repeatedly, using a horizontal motion, i.e., parallel to the floor.

The condition of the sink will determine how many times it will be necessary to repeat this procedure.

Once the sink has been scrubbed with wet baking soda, thoroughly wash and rinse the sink with running water. Rinse the sponge or scrubber and use it to help remove the baking soda. If necessary, repeat once or twice again. The sink will be bright and shining. It may even look like new, depending on its age and condition. Few commercial products will produce as satisfying a result, and none will be as inexpensive or environmentally responsible.

And Flatware


Use baking soda also to clean and polish stainless steel flatware. Those stainless steel knives, forks and spoons that have become stained by use and the dishwasher will sparkle.

Note: Keep a large open box of baking soda within easy reach of the stove. It is a safe and very effective fire extinguisher, and it doesn’t expire like most fire extinguishers.

There are lots of other homemade and safe cleaners too, How to Make a Disinfecting Floor Cleaner with Just 2 Ingredients


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