How to Clean Tea Stains from Plastic

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How to Clean Tea Stains from Plastic
Remove iced or hot tea stains from all your plastic dishes. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Tea contains tannins that leave stains in containers and dishes. Combine this property with the porosity of some plastics, and the results are a dark and well-absorbed blemish. If all of your plastic mugs, pitchers and cups are tea-stained, you can use some items from around the house to clean them. Use non-abrasive scrubbers, such as rags or sponges, to avoid scratching the plastic surfaces.

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Things you need

  • Dishwasher detergent (powder form)
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Bleach
  • Gloves
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Fill the plastic mug or pitcher with hot water.

  2. 2

    Add one tbsp of baking soda to a mug-sized dish and two tbsp to a pitcher-sized container.

  3. 3

    Let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse the dishes well with hot water.

  4. 4

    Wet a sponge and sprinkle baking soda on one of the sponge's sides if the tea stains are still apparent.

  5. 5

    Scrub the stain with the sponge. Be careful not to rub too hard if the plastic container is fragile.

  6. 6

    Rinse the container after scrubbing with hot water.

  7. 7

    Put on rubber gloves and pour a drop of bleach on top of the stain if the other methods were not successful.

  8. 8

    Scrub the stain with a rag until it is removed.

  9. 9

    Rinse the dish or container with hot soapy water and then hot water immediately after scrubbing with bleach.

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