Homestead Hack: Quick Cleaning For Coffee Mugs

by Tammy Taylor

 

RancherMan & I like our morning coffee.  A lot.  Each morning before we begin our outside homestead chores we complete our computer work inside while enjoying those hot steamin’ cups o joe.  When we’ve had our fill for the morning (Ok, after SEVERAL cups.   OK TWO POTS – don’t judge me!) We rinse out our coffee mugs and place them on a shelf to await our morning coffee routine the following day.

But after a couple of days the coffee-bean oils begin to coat and stain the cup.  But never fear, there’s an easy and natural way to bring that coffee mug back to its previous sparkling perfection. And I use a natural ingredient that in all probability you have sitting in your kitchen right now!  Check out today’s Homestead Hack demonstration…

NATURAL COFFEE MUG CLEANING Homestead Hack. When coffee oils stain the mug, use a natural ingredient that you already have! #TexasHomesteader

Now I must warn you that in preparation for this demonstration I allowed our mugs to get much more ‘mungy’ than normal.  But I think you can see the difference is certainly drastic.  And as an added benefit I cleaned these mugs in seconds!  I don’t know about you but seconds-long speed cleaning methods are certainly keepers in the Taylor Household.  Plus there’s bonus number 3:  You’re using an all-natural, edible, yet super cheap cleaning ingredient.

What did I use?  A small repurposed shaker bottle filled with (drum roll please) baking soda!  Yep that’s right, simple, unassuming baking soda. There are so many Cleaning Options using baking soda that I have it available at all times. I just sprinkled a small amount of baking soda into each mug, gave a quick rub with my fingers, a quick rinse and BOOM!  Sparkly-clean mugs!

NATURAL COFFEE MUG CLEANING Homestead Hack. When coffee oils stain the mug, use a natural ingredient that you already have! #TexasHomesteaderSo next time your favorite morning coffee mug starts to get that coffee stain that we all love to hate, grab a small bit of baking soda and start your day with a sparkle!

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11 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Quick Cleaning For Coffee Mugs

  1. Carol

    You know, I just red another blog about how our great great grandparents washed dishes wIthout dish soap….they used …wait for it….baking soda!! (or sand..but I don’t live near any sand) The phrase :if you end up consuming dish soap it is NOT good, but if you ingest some baking soda, no big deal! So, although I have been ‘trained’ to use a sudsy dish soap, I’m trying using only baking soda to wash my dishes, since I really can’t find a GOOD dish soap with out all the nasty stuff in it (SLS, and other toxics). Unless you use homemade hand soap and make some dish soap out of it, this really is a great idea!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      How interesting Carol. I just may have to play with that method myself… I already use baking soda pretty regularly for scrubbing dishes but I’ve never washed them with nothing but baking soda. You’ve given me something to think about! ~TMH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Me too Lorraine. And once again it’s proven that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Dang the frustration when I think about those advertising folks who had me fooled! ~TMH~

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  2. ColleenB.~Texas

    OMG. Are we related or do great minds think alike; as I also use baking soda but only difference is; I make a paste of baking soda and just a bit of water inside the cups and then rub.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Great minds indeed, Colleen! My mug often has a little water in it as well because I’ve just dumped any leftover cold coffee and rinsed the cup. The water/baking soda does make a thin paste of sorts and the mug is clean as a whistle in a snap! ~TMH~

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        1. Texas Homesteader Post author

          Oh, thanks for the reminder! When we had stainless steel sinks I was always shocked at how they would start to look dirty in a very short time. Trusty baking soda to the rescue! My sinks looked brand spankin’ new after wetting the sink & then sprinkling baking soda & giving a quick light scrub. (Hint: Rub the same direction as the brushed steel pattern) ~TMH~

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