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How to Remove Tea Stains From Cups, Surfaces, and Clothes With Bleach

Follow these tea stain removal steps to learn how to use bleach to remove tea stains from clothes, mugs, tea cups, plastic, and other surfaces.

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Laundry

Removing tea stains from whites and colors
One
Rinse
Hot tea calls for a cold rinse. Just make sure you rinse from the back of the garment to prevent the stain from sinking in.
Two
Pre-Treat
Pretreat bleach-safe whites with a bleach and water solution made with ¼ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach added to ¾ cup water immediately before washing. Or, for colors or white items with spandex, apply Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid directly to the stain and rub in, Wait 10 minutes before washing.
Three
Wash
Machine wash using detergent and ⅓ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach for bleach-safe whites or Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid for colors or white items with spandex
Four
Dry
Air dry and check your progress. Make sure you’ve got the stain out before putting the item in a hot dryer.
Tip

In a pinch? make a quick vinegar solution (1 tsp. vinegar in 1 quart of water) and spray the stain. let it sit for ten minutes, then blot, rinse and wash.

Surfaces

Removing tea from surfaces
One
Remove
Remove excess tea.
Two
Spray
To clean and disinfect: Spray Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach 4–6 inches from surface until thoroughly wet. Wait 30 seconds.
Three
Rinse
Rinse or wipe clean. Food contact surfaces require a clean water rinse.

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