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Remove Coffee Stains with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda


Cleaning your home shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg, but that’s sometimes how consumers feel about switching to natural or green cleaners.

Thankfully, baking soda can be used to safely and inexpensively clean everything from stainless steel sinks to unclogging drains. It can even be used to remove coffee stains from reusable mugs.

I recently received a reusable coffee mug as a gift. I used it multiple times a week for several months but, unfortunately, it’s started to stain. Even after several hand scrubbings and cycles in the dishwasher, the stain wouldn’t go away.

Since baking soda can remove rust from a stainless steel sink, it made me think that it could also be used as a scrub to remove a simple coffee stain.

Here’s how it worked for me…

How to Remove Coffee Stains with Baking Soda


  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Hot Water


Sprinkle baking soda over the coffee stain in your plastic mug. Fill the cup with hot water and let soak for at least a minute. Then, using a scrub brush, scour the mug until the stain is lifted. Repeat if necessary. Wash and dry as usual.


As you can see from the picture, it worked wonderfully on my mug.  The cup actually looks new again!

Who says you need expensive cleaners when you have baking soda?

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  • tiffany August 12, 2011, 6:48 am

    Great tip! I love baking soda…such a versatile product!

  • Barbara M August 19, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Thanks – I did this with a favorite stained cup & yes it works great!

    • iDreamOfClean August 20, 2011, 9:13 pm

      SO glad it worked for you!!! I love when a cleaning tip can be this easy :)

  • Chelsea Reboulet August 23, 2011, 11:11 am

    I’ll have to try this on our travel mugs. We use them daily and I can never scrub the stains out.
    I like arm and hammer products, we make our own detergent and their washing soda is awesome.

  • Leslie Grubbs August 26, 2011, 9:00 am

    Thanks for the idea!

  • Sarah W August 29, 2011, 9:14 pm

    love this…i am about to do this to all my mugs!

  • Fred February 12, 2013, 11:50 pm

    The heat is the key here.

    I had tried this previously with just baking soda, a little cold water, and a lot of scrubbing. It worked, but only after a LOT of scrubbing. It required too much effort, and I broke a mug trying (from the pressure of the scrubbing).

    However, soaking it in hot water with soda (for two minutes) worked great. The stains came off with a very light scrubbing with a brush.