Cleaning tea stains on fabric

I don’t like commercial cleaners or non-natural cleaners.  Years ago, I discovered the cleaning power of water softeners, white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda (not necessarily in combination!) and I haven’t looked back since.

I never had to deal with stains until I started drinking tea.  I learned that tea stains could not be cleaned using my natural tried and true methods.  I almost ruined one of my table toppers because I couldn’t get the tea stains out, even after meticulously scrubbing with a toothbrush!

I had almost given up on natural cleaners when I found this natural stain remover online and decided it was worth a try.  I had all the ingredients on hand so it was a no-brainer.  I tried it out on my table topper and lace tablecloth and it worked wonders on the food and tea stains!  I could hardly believe my eyes (and my luck!).  I love this stain remover and have also used it on cloth napkins and curtains.

DSC05767 (Small)Natural stain remover
[adapted from My Merry Messy Life (thank you, thank you, thank you!)]

1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap
1/4 cup liquid vegetable glycerine
2 tablespoons baking soda
10-15 drops essential oil (such as lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree for fragrance and anti-bacterial properties)

Put all ingredients in an empty spray bottle.  Shake to mix.  If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can put everything in a jar and spoon out solution as needed.

To use, saturate stain with the stain remover.  Rub affected area with your fingers or a soft toothbrush until stain is gone.  If the stain is stubborn, let the stain remover sit for 10-30 mins.  Rinse, and hand wash or put through the washing machine.

Update (1/1/2018): I had some stubborn stains that bested this cleaner.  When all else fails, there is always the Resolve gold stain stick.  It even works on old stains!  My friend, T. recommended it and it really is a miracle product!

“Stains are even worse when you’re the only one who can see them.”

― Gayle Forman, Just One Day

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