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Green Cleaning Tip – Baking Soda Cleans Stained Coffee Mugs June 3, 2008

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My green cleaning tip for the week is using baking soda to clean stained coffee mugs.

In my home we drink a lot of English tea in white mugs.  Our mugs become stained from the tea.  Before I learned about the danger of toxins in my cleaning products I used to bleach my mugs.  Yuck!!!  Not anymore.

Now I clean my mugs with baking soda and water.  The water is key here.  It activates the baking soda.  Baking soda is alkaline and tea and coffee are acid.  Therefore, when you put just a 1/4 of a teaspoon to 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda in a stained coffee mug and add water the alkaline baking soda begins to neutralize the acids in the coffee or tea stain and the voila the stain melts off of the mug and you are left with sparkling white, yellow or what ever color mug you have.

I accidently discovered this trick when I was brushing my teeth with baking soda to whiten them.  I put some baking soda into a coffee mug.  I put my wet toothbrush into the baking soda in the mug.  When the water form the toothbrush dripped into the baking soda I noticed the tea dissolve into the water baking soda mixture.

There truly are no mistakes.

To remove coffee from clothing try applying peroxide to the stain before you wash the clothing.