A friend of mine was crowing about the great deal she got on new dishes - under $50 to replace all of them. (Deals are always a topic that gets my attention). Unfortunately she said that she really liked her old dishes but the plates and mugs were too stained to keep.
We have a cleaning problem.
I didn't want to tell her this, but she just wasted her cash.
There is a magic trick that I do for under a penny that saves my dishes and mugs from stains.
Behold: one of my befouled mugs.
To be clear, this mug was CLEAN in that I scrubbed it for several minutes with the scrubby side of a sponge and some water, then ran it through the dishwasher. These were true, honest stains that had no plans of budging.
Here's what you do: get a washcloth, and grab your baking soda.
Wet the cup, sprinkle some baking soda in, then give it a little scrub.
(I have no idea why this image is sideways on my preview. I think iPhoto and Blogger are trying to teach me patience.)
See how the stain is already coming up onto the baking soda paste? Maaaaagic!
After about a minute, I rinsed the mug and took my 'after' picture.
It was so clean and white and shiny, that I couldn't take a flash picture like I did with the 'before' shot. After turning the flash off...
So pretty! Now I want to fill it up with something dark and delicious that will probably stain it.
I do this with the mugs and plates every couple of weeks as needed. It costs me a couple of cents of baking soda, and saves me $50 of new dishes.