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How to Remove Tea Stains

How do you take your tea? Hopefully not on your blouse, but we know accidents happen. Tea can stain clothing if not treated, so act quickly if your cup runneth over with these tips from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook."

Photography by: John Kernick
Using an eyedropper, flush the area with lemon juice or white vinegar to remove the color. Then treat with a stronger bleach, if necessary.

Then, if you’ve added sugar or milk to your tea, spray the area with a diluted dishwashing-soap solution. You can make this by combining 1 tablespoon of fragrance- and dye-free liquid soap (containing sodium laurel sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate) with 10 ounces of water in a small spray bottle. This will help lift out any residue.

Finally, wash the item with an enzyme detergent. If the garment is made of a protein fiber such as silk, wool, cashmere, or angora, follow the label’s instructions (which often means a trip to the dry cleaner).


Next: Refill your mug -- we’re betting you need another pick-me-up!

Watch the video below for more stain-removal tips, and check out our printable stain-removal list, too.