Remove Tea Stains from Clothing

Removing tea stains from clothing can prove to be a difficult task if left for too long. Like most other stains the earlier you can treat the stain the less steps will need to be taken. Never fear there are a variety of methods to removing tea stains from clothing.

Remove tea stains from clothing

With the resent research on the health benefits of tea there is more of a reason to need to know how to remove tea stains from clothing. Before the announcement of the health benefits of tea many were looking for the solution to coffee stains. Now many are looking for quick and easy solutions for removing tea stains from their clothing. The best tip would be is to try and treat the stain as soon as possible.

Remove Tea Stains from Clothing Method 1

What you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • Club soda or cold water
  • Hot water Optional

This first method to removing tea stains from clothing is the most simple. If this method does not remove the tea stain completely you will want to move on to method 2. Here are the steps to the easiest tea removing stain method:

  1. If you are able to treat the tea stain right away you can take a paper towel and blot the stain until all excess tea has been removed. Remember do not rub the stain only blot. If you rub the stain you can cause more harm to your garment. Rubbing the fabric will only allow the stain to further penetrate the fibers, thus trapping the tea stain in the shirt even more.
  2. Now pour some club soda over the stain. If you do not have any club soda in the house you can use cold water, but club soda is preferred. make sure to rinse the stain from the back so that you do not rinse the stain into other parts of the garment. Tip: If you add milk to your tea you are going to want to rinse the fabric with hot water after you have rinsed it with the club soda.
  3. Inspect the clothing. If the stain remains you can move on to removing tea stains from clothing method 2.

Removing Tea Stains from Clothing Method 2

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent (clear or light colored)
  • Cool water
  • clean white cloth


If after you have completed removing tea stains from clothing method 1 and the stain remains you can continue the processes by completing method 2.

  1. If the tea stain or stained area is still wet you can cover it with a generous amount of baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the excess moisture from the material. Let the baking soda sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. Next you will want to shake off the baking soda in the sink or trash can. Be careful to not makeĀ  a mess with spilled baking soda.
  3. Now make a solution of 1 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent (clear or light colored), and 1/2 cup of cool water.
  4. Take a clean white cloth to dab the vinegar solution onto the the tea stain. Allow the solution to sit for about 15 minutes. The stain should be removed at this point. Wash the garment normally, but remember to not dry the fabric if the tea stain is still on the clothing. If you dry clothing with a stain you will set the stain further into the clothing making it almost impossible to remove.
  5. If the tea stain remains you will need to continue onto removing tea stains from clothing method 3.

Removing Tea Stains from Clothing Method 3

What you will need:

  • A large bucket or bowl
  • A rubber band
  • Borax
  • Boiling hot water

This method, of removing tea stains from clothing, is for only the most stubborn stains. If you have used the other methods and the satin still remains you can follow these last and final steps to removing tea stains.

  1. Take a large bucket or boil and place it in the sink.
  2. Next, you should take your tea stained fabric and stretch it over the bucket or the bowl. Ensure the stained part of the fabric is close to the center of the bucket.
  3. Next you will want to use you rubber band to secure the fabric to the bucket. You can do this by placing the rubber band around the outside of the bucket and fabric.
  4. now sprinkle a generous amount of Borax on the stain. Borax is madeĀ  from an alkaline powder that many use in their laundry as a stain or odder remover booster.
  5. Next, pour boiling water over the stained area. You should do this by starting with the outer edges and working your way into the middle in a circular motion.
  6. Inspect the fabric. If the stain remains you can repeat steps 1-5 until the stain has been removed.
  7. Once the stain is removed launder as normal.

Using one or all of these methods should help you remove the tea stains from your clothing. Remember it is easier to remove the stains if you start to treat them right away.