How to Remove Grey Stains From a Melamine Bowl

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.

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

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.

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

Repeat the process if necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Things You'll Need

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

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.