How to Clean the Stains Out of Tea Cups in the Dishwasher

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Tea stains in tea cups can be a challenge to clean in the dishwasher. In many cases the standard dishwasher cycles are not sufficient to remove the stains. However, a presoak offers improved cleaning power and boosts the efficiency of the dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon wedge
  • Fill the cup with boiling water. Heat the water in a microwave oven or in a teapot on the stove. The hot water improves the efficiency of the cleaning process.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of dishwasher detergent to the water. Stir the detergent in the water with a spoon or fork. Allow the water and detergent mix to soak in the cup overnight.

  • Dump the water and detergent mix in the sink and place the cup in the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher with its normal detergent and cycle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other options include placing baking soda inside the cup and rubbing with a damp rag.
  • Place a wedge of lemon in the cup and fill with hot water. The acid of the lemon replaces the detergent used in the previous steps.

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