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How to remove coffee stains

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The aroma of morning coffee permeates throughout the living space.  You grab your coffee mug and place it under your coffee maker.  Slowly, the heavenly blend of coffee starts dripping into the pristine white coffee cup.  You add your favorite flavors to your perfect coffee, sit down, and open your mind to all the possibilities. 


Over time, coffee stains develop in ceramic since it is a porous material.  

top view of a coffee cupThe combination of hard water, natural tannins found in the coffee, and microscopically rough glaze surfaces are the reasons why ceramic gets stained. These conditions allow the stains to strongly adhere to the glaze surface. The staining is usually pronounced at the base of the mug or where there is a sharp corner to hold onto the stain.Traditional cleaning techniques cannot get these stains out.  

So how do you remove those stains from your coffee mug?


The answer is quite simple.  And you need one ingredient, which you likely have in your home.  Baking soda, whose chemical name is Sodium Bicarbonate.


Sprinkle a little baking soda onto the bottom of your stained mug, add just enough water to form a paste, and scrub. The gentle abrasion of the baking soda will get rid of the stains in a matter of minutes. Then, simply rinse and wash the way you usually would.  And your favorite coffee mug is restored to it's pristine white.


Is there another hack that you use to remove such stubborn stains from ceramic?  Let us know!  
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