If you’re a serious tea person, you’ve probably dribbled down the front of several favorite blouses and dabbed spills from several lovely tablecloths. These are a few success stories we’ve collected.
By Regena Rafelson, originally posted on T-Ching: 2.27.15
The stain had to go, and like the Cat in the Hat: it Needed To Go NOW. After doing a little research, I decided to try a remedy I discovered last summer for wine stains: four parts hydrogen peroxide to one part liquid dish detergent, preferably blue Dawn. I dabbed the liquid on the stain, washed the shirt in warm water and . . . NO STAIN! Not a trace. I was so impressed, I decided to use the rest of the peroxide brew on a tea stained carpet in the guest bedroom (aka my sewing room).
By Kidspot Team, originally posted on Kidspot
Some other solutions for removing stubborn tea stains include:
- Spray the tea stain with a vinegar mix (one teaspoon vinegar in one litre of water) and let sit for ten minutes. Then blot and rinse, before washing as normal. Be sure to air-dry.
- For cotton fabrics, try making a solution of three cups white vinegar to one cup water in glass bowl. Add the stained fabric and leave it to soak. Gently rub at the tea stain before rinsing thoroughly in cold water. If the tea stain persists, heap a small pile of salt crystals over the stain before rubbing the salt and fabric gently between your fingers. Rinse well before machine washing as usual.
- Avoid using soap flakes or soap in a bar as this can make the tannin in tea stains harder to budge.
- Don’t use the dryer to dry stained clothing. The heat may set the tea stain.
- For older tea stains that have set, you may need to use a chlorine bleach (for white clothing) or colour-safe bleach (for coloured garments).
Originally Posted on Stain Removal 101 by Taylor
The second method discussed by the video includes covering the wet tea stain with baking soda, and letting sit 15 minutes before brushing off.
Random Commercial Laundry Product Suggestions:
- Oxi-Clean – soak overnight
- M30 Stain Remover
- Cascade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent – soak overnight in a solution
- Napi San – don’t soak!
- Soft Scrub – use it full strength on the spot a few minutes before washing but don’t soak
If nothing works:
Brew a concentrated tea solution and dye the rest of the fabric item to match the stain. Whether it’s a tablecloth, tee shirt or apron, you may like the soft ivory color that tea dye creates.