Embarrassed in your workplace by your horrendously stained coffee mug? Get it sparkling again with a little salt and a paper towel.
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Reader Kym wrote in to sing the praises of this approach:
Just a little tip I picked up in the staff kitchen when a colleague peered into the brown abyss of my coffee mug, stained by centuries of black, boiling beverages. She said I should sprinkle some salt in there, then scrub it with a paper towel. Simple, quick, unbelievably effective. The coarseness of the salt had it sparkling as new in less than a minute.
We've pointed out that you can get similar results using bicarb soda. I'm also inclined to agree with another commenter on that earlier post: provided you're using a decent scourer, you don't necessarily need any special ingredients to clean a cup. It just takes more than a cursory wipe to do it. That said, the salt plus paper towel combo can be useful when the office scourer has disappeared. Thanks Kym!