Tea stains are indeed an inconvenience but they don’t have to permanently ruin an outfit. Removing them does not have to involve costly toxic chemicals that destroy the environment or cause harm to you or innocent animals, either. In this article, I will share with you my step-by-step approach to ridding your garments of tea stains the safe, green, cruelty-free, and economical way!
Items Needed for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way:
Generic liquid dish soap (easily found at dollar stores, supermarkets, and/or super department stores)
1 small brush (an old clean toothbrush is perfect for this task)
Hot tap water
Step One for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way: Moisten the stained area with hot water from the tap. Ring the garment out in the sink so that it is not dripping wet.
Step Two for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way: Apply liquid dish soap directly to the stain. (The amount you will need to use depends on the size of the stain. I usually only need to use three drops of dish soap.) Using a small brush, gently brush the area so that a thick, rich lather appears on the tea stained garment.
Step Three for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way: Rinse the tea stained garment in the sink with hot tap water.
Step Four for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way: If the garment still has traces of tea stains, repeat steps one and two. This time, however, leave the liquid dish soap on the stained area for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Step Five for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way: Rinse the sudsy garment in warm to hot tap water in the sink. Carefully contain the flow of the water directly on the stained area. (No need to overdo it with the water as we need to conserve our natural resources, right?)
Step Six for Removing Tea Stains the Green Way: Wring the garment of any excess water in the sink. The tea stain should be gone!
Helpful Hint: Now, if we are talking about a large amount of tea that was split on a garment, the best advice I could pass along to you in regards to removing a stain of that size is to let the garment sit overnight with the sudsy dish soap on it. In the morning, wash it out in the sink and line dry.
There you have it: a simple and inexpensive way to remove those pesky tea stains without harming yourself, the environment, or others. Bye bye tea stains!
Personal knowledge, experience, and expertise of the author, Christine Bruness.