How to Get Tea Out of a White Shirt

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How to Get Tea Out of a White Shirt
You can get out a tea stain on your white shirt. (Groom's torso with white tie and white shirt image by Ricardo Verde Costa from

The classic white shirt should be a part of every person's wardrobe. You might have the classic white T-shirt or a sophisticated white blouse or dress shirt. Either way, you won't look attractive or professional in your white shirt if it has a stain. Some stains are harder to get out than others. For example, you might think that liquids such as tea will never come out. But with a little effort, you will get your classic white shirt back again.

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Things you need

  • Rags
  • Cool water
  • Basin
  • Prewash stain remover
  • Washing powder
  • Chlorine bleach (optional)

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  1. 1

    Use a clean rag to soak up all the tea if the stain is still wet.

  2. 2

    Saturate a new rag in cool water and blot the stain several times to remove more of the tea.

  3. 3

    Fill a basin with cool water and put the shirt inside. Let it soak in the cool water for approximately 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Use a prewash stain remover on the tea stain. Rub the stain remover in using the applicator and be sure to cover the entire stain, as well as the surrounding area. Let it sit for about five minutes.

  5. 5

    Wash the shirt in the washing machine with your regular detergent. Check the shirt's label, and if it's not prohibited, add chlorine bleach or use a washing powder with chlorine bleach.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not put the shirt in the dryer. Air dry and then check to make sure the stain is completely gone. The heat of the dryer will permanently set any remaining tea stain.

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