How to Remove Grey Stains From a Melamine Bowl

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How to Remove Grey Stains From a Melamine Bowl
Removing stains from melamine dishes can require more than a normal washing. (woman washing dishes in the kitchen image by dinostock from

Melamine is a durable and inexpensive material used for a variety of home applications. Melamine is a component of many kitchen surfaces as well as dinnerware. Typically found in schools and hospitals, melamine dinnerware is has become common in household kitchens. Melamine bowls come in a variety of shapes and designs, including popular licensed characters. Like other dishware, melamine bowls may develop grey stains overtime. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods to remove grey stains from melamine bowls and restore the look of your dinnerware.

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Small container
  • Water
  • 2 sponges
  • Bleach
  • White cloth
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Commercial dish cleaner

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    Add 1 tbsp of baking soda into a small container. Slowly add just enough cool water to create a paste.

  2. 2

    Dip a clean sponge into the paste and scrub the bowls with the sponge. Continue scrubbing until you have removed all traces of the grey stains.

  3. 3

    Rinse the melamine bowls with cool water to remove the baking soda residue. Wash the bowls as you normally would.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process if necessary.

  1. 1

    Pour just enough bleach into the melamine bowl to cover the grey stains.

  2. 2

    Allow the bleach to sit in the melamine bowl for several minutes.

  3. 3

    Saturate a clean, white cloth into the bleach and vigorously scrub the bowls until the stains are gone.

  4. 4

    Rinse the bowls with cool water and wash with a mild dish-washing liquid. Rinse once again and towel dry.

  1. 1

    Add a few drops of a commercial dish cleaner to a clean sponge.

  2. 2

    Scrub the grey stains with the sponge until the melamine bowls are clean.

  3. 3

    Rinse thoroughly with cool water and wash as you normally would.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves when working with bleach to prevent skin irritation.

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