How to Get Tea Stains Out of Clothes
There's nothing quite like a good cup of tea to help ease the tension of a hectic day; however, a tea stain in your clothing can bring you right back to square one.
Some people actually use tea to intentionally stain their clothing, but if your situation is an accidental splash, there's no need to worry as it's easily removed. So go ahead, make yourself another cup of tea, carefully.
Things You Will Need
- Baking soda
- Clean cloth
- White vinegar
- Clean white cloth
- Hydrogen peroxide
Test an inconspicuous area of the clothing when using hydrogen peroxide for colorfastness before using it to treat the stain.
Sprinkle baking soda over the stain and rub it gently into the fabric with a clean, soft cloth until the stain is gone. Do this before laundering as usual.
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water and pour it over the stain. Allow the area to saturate for 20 to 30 minutes before gently scrubbing the area with a clean, soft cloth. When the stain is gone, launder the garment as usual.
Rinse the garment immediately with warm running water to remove as much of the stain as possible. Apply 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to a clean, white cloth, and dab the area to remove the rest of the stain before washing the garment as usual.
Cut a lemon in half and rub it all over the stained area making sure that it's completely saturated. Place the garment outside in the sunshine for at least an hour. Launder the garment as usual.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.