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Quick Tip: Easiest Way to Remove Coffee Stains from Your Mug

For some reason, my co-worker’s 8-month-old coffee mug is tarnished with stubborn, dark coffee stains. I see it every day and all this time I thought he never washed it.

Turns out he has. But even with hot water and dishwashing soap, he couldn’t remove those unpleasant stains.


Then, one day I came across an article from HGTV magazine that said simple table salt easily removes coffee stains. Whaaat?! I was up to the challenge.

salt in coffee mug

Using a dry paper towel, I rubbed about 2 tablespoons of regular salt on the stained mug.

Then I washed it with hot water and dishwashing liquid.

Before and after of coffee mug

Taa daa!

Okay, it’s not totally like new. But this is the closest to “like new” it’s been in months.


Happy camper!


About Terri Dux

When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

3 comments on “Quick Tip: Easiest Way to Remove Coffee Stains from Your Mug

  1. Alma Smith
    May 17, 2016

    Keep up the great tips!

    • Terri Dux
      May 17, 2016

      Thank you for your comment! I would have never thought salt had so much cleaning power. Everyone has it in their home so this is so easy to do.

    • Terri Dux
      June 7, 2016

      Thank you! I will.

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