How To Remove Tea Stains From Clothes

How to remove tea stains from clothes
How to remove tea stains from clothes

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Can’t say “No” to a cup of tea? You’re not alone, for many of us, tea is an inseparable part of our routine.

While drinking tea can make your day anytime, if it gets spilt on your clothes, then the whole situation gets reversed. Your relaxing tea time turns into a hassle of stain removal.

To save you from that hassle, we have brought this article. It will help you if your nice fresh brew gets spilt. Here, you can read how to remove tea stains from clothes completely.

Now, let’s see:

Things To Consider Before Removing Tea Stains From Clothes

We have discussed 4 ways for tea stain removal in the next section, but before moving to them, you should consider the following 2 things:

  • Reading garment care label: Some garments are not washable and if they get stained, you should take them to a dry cleaner. Make sure you read the garment care label, if it says “dry clean only” then it is best to visit dry cleaners. Other than this, if the garment is structured, and the stained area contains lining, interfacing, embellishment, fine embroidery etc. then you should be extra careful and trust experts for stain removal. 
  • Carrying out a patch test: Even after being assured that your garment can tolerate a stain remover, you should still carry out a patch test. It is an extra protective measure that you shouldn’t avoid. Take any stain remover that you are planning to use, and apply it on a hidden area of the garment such as inside of the garment or in the inseam hem. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. If there is no discolouration or any adverse effect on the fabric, then go ahead. 

3 Ways To Remove Tea Stains From Clothes

Rinse or blot the tea stain with cool water

Remove tea stains from clothes by rinsing or blotting
Remove tea stains from clothes by rinsing

Tea is soluble in water, and in many cases, a fresh stain can get washed away by rinsing only. Here’s what you should do to remove tea stains from clothes immediately after tea gets spilt:

  • Turn the garment inside out.
  • Put the stained area under running tap water.
  • Keep it there for 2-3 minutes, the liquid (tea) will get washed away with water.

You can also blot the stain with cool water if the stain is still wet or just occurred.

Take clean white cotton or microfiber cloth. Blot the tea stain with the cloth. Make sure you are moving the cloth to blot with a clean section. Continue until the stain stops lifting up on the garment.

Use laundry detergent to remove tea stains from clothes

Removing tea stains from clothes using laundry detergent
Removing tea stains from clothes using laundry detergent

If your stain doesn’t go away after rinsing with plain water, don’t worry. Your regular laundry detergent (avoid detergents having bleach) can help you to remove tea stains from your clothes. Here’s what you can do:

  • In case, the stain is old or dried, you should soak the garment in cold water for 30 minutes before applying detergent otherwise you can go ahead.  
  • Just sprinkle (if powder) or pour (if liquid) detergent on the stained area. The quantity should be should enough to cover the stain evenly.
  • Rub the detergent gently in a circular motion into the tea stain, it will start vanishing.
  • Keep rubbing gently until the stain is gone.
  • Rinse the garment with plain water.

Don’t have enough time to remove long-settled tea stains? 

Use baking soda to remove tea stains from clothes

Remove tea stains from clothes using baking soda
Remove tea stains from clothes using baking soda

If laundry detergent doesn’t help, you can use baking soda to remove tea stains from your clothes. There are two ways of using baking soda.

Method 1

  • Sprinkle baking soda all over the wet stain.
  • Leave it overnight. Baking soda powder will absorb the stain.
  • Take a blunt knife or similar object and scrape off the baking soda.


There is a high chance that the stain will go away. In case there is some residue, you can wash the stained area with as usual with laundry detergent.

Method 2

In case the stain has dried or is old, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with an equal amount of water to create a thick paste. Here is what you need to do next:

  • Soak the garment in water for around 30 minutes.
  • Take it out and apply baking soda paste evenly on the stain using a small brush or an old toothbrush.
  • Rub the stain by applying slight pressure with your hands or you can also use a brush in a circular motion.
  • Keep rubbing until the stain goes away. It may take 3-5 minutes.
  • Then, rinse the garment with cool water to get rid of the residue.

These were 4 major ways to remove tea stains from clothes. You can try any of them on all fabrics if there are no special instructions on the garment care label. Because mild detergent, baking soda, and vinegar, any of these ingredients are not harmful to clothes.

In case the stain still persists, you should consider sending the garment to a dry cleaner. They have specialized chemicals to treat the toughest stains. Hence, they can remove tea stains from clothes without causing any harm to the fabric, shine or colour of the garment.

Don’t have to time to remove stains at home? 


It is best to treat tea stains immediately after it occurs. In many cases, it will go away by rinsing with plain cool water. However, if it still persists, you can use vinegar, baking soda or your regular laundry detergent to remove tea stains from clothes as explained above.

This was all about how you can remove tea stains from clothes. If you want to know more about stain removal, keep visiting Tumbledry, because, we post a lot about such topics.

FAQs on removing tea stains from clothes

Lemon has acidic elements but they are not strong enough to remove tea stains from clothes. You can try rubbing lemon on the stain. However, it is better to use your time on tried-and-tested stain removal methods explained in the article.

Even though vinegar, baking soda and laundry detergent, all are highly effective on tea stains. You can try using vinegar if the stains are too old.

Salt is used to remove tea stains from cups and mugs. It will not work on clothes.

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