The thought of leaving any kind of brew behind in a cup kind of fills me with dread. Who leaves a good cup of tea unless you get busy and it goes cold which does happen now and again. I know I have done it myself one or two times.
But what if you have drank your brew and left the cup on the side for a while, what happens then? Well I’ll tell you my little fellow brewsters, you get a big brown tea stain on your bestest cup or mug, then what do we do?
How do we get rid of the tea stains from our cups?
I tend to favour a bit of Milton Sterilising Fluid, the kind you would use to sterilise baby bottles etc. I pop a bit in the bottom and dilute it with a bit of water and leave to soak for a while.
You can use baking powder and a little water to make a paste, smear it around the stain and leave it for a while. Wipe clean with a cloth and then wash it as normal.
Salt and vinegar you would think belongs on your chips or in a bag of potato crisps but no a little white vinegar and table salt can also be used to remove tea stains.
Tooth paste not only makes your teeth look good and overall great for oral health but you can also wizz it around your cup or mug and that too will remove those nasty stains.
Vinegar and toothpaste have been well known for all sorts of cleaning tips but I suppose the best way of keeping those stains at bay is to not leave the cup standing after your brew. I tend to wash my cup out straight away or just leave it in a bit of soapy water if not entering into the chore of washing up or if there is a queue for the dishwasher.
It’s very important to keep those cups and mugs clean but do remember to wash thoroughly as we don’t want our brews tasting of salt, vinegar, toothpaste and you definitely don’t want a gob full of sterilising liquid.
Let the tea flow through but the stains stay away!
What do you use to banish those tough stains? Let me know as we all need helpful hints now and again.
For now, take care and join me tomorrow for What To Buy Wednesday....
I caught sight of a little half hour programme on the last night called 'Give it a Year'. A little spin off from The Apprentice I feel where Karren Brady gets to visit Entrepreneurs embarking on their first year of business. She visits them and gathers information on their ideas for their business projects. She then asks then what their goals are and then revisits them in a years time to see whether they have achieved what they set out to do.
One idea was this lovely china mug created by Thomas Gostelow. It charges up on a dinky little charging coaster and then keeps your brew warm at the right temperature. I think this is great because I am one of those people who make a brew then get distracted and I'm off doing something or I sit doing a job and then before I know it, yes my brew is cold. It's not good!.
The thermal flask type mugs are good but they are very plasticy and don't think my brew tastes as nice. I alway think those mugs are good for going out with your brew but they are considerably cheaper than this baby. You see it retails at £129.99 and this was the issue on the programme. Karren was trying to get Thomas to see that it's a great idea but very expensive for the end user really. It is expensive for what it is but it is a gadget that comes with a bit of fancy technology so I think you get what you pay for.
I commend Thomas for producing a bone china mug as a brew tastes nicer in ya best china. There are other mugs on the market which are slightly cheaper but are ceramic or plastic. With all it's technology inside Thomas's mug is dishwasher proof too, now you can't put many gadgets in your dishwasher can you?
I loved this guy, he had a passion and enthusiasm for his product which makes you want to buy it just for that reason. Unfortunately it's a bit off my radar for now but they are offering a 30% discount with a code from last nights show which is GIVEITAYEAR30 so all is not lost.
If you would like to know more about this product go to:
and if you get chance to watch the programme catch up on the ITV Hub it is worth a watch.
Thanks for reading today, I'm going to drink my tea before it gets cold!! Join me tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday. Take care for now.
Yes at last they are here in my tea cupboard. I mentioned last month when trying the Bedtime Brew that these little babies were on their way. They have taken some finding though. I knew they were being stocked by Morrisons at first but I kept going into my local store but alas no Biscuit Brew. After a few visits of feeling lost, forlorn and just very sad I had a light bulb moment. Yes a 'ping' sounded and my brain woke up, which takes some doing now at this time of life and without a blooming decent brew!!!
I decided to go to a different store out in Derbyshire, Belper in fact. Not rocket science is it my fellow brewsters? There they were, on the shelf like the baby Jesus lit up in the manger at Christmas. I could hear angels singing too......it was a true miracle.
But after all this effort of hunting them down I suddenly thought that I might get them home, boil the kettle, make the brew, give them a taste and be wildly disappointed but no! They are absolutely gorgeous. Now I've seen a lot of people on social media asking how they taste, well.......they taste like you've dunked a Malted Milk biscuit into your brew and it's flopped in after over dunking. You can't get it out so it stays at the bottom of your brew and flavours it slightly. That's how it tastes.
So if you don't care too much for a Malted Milk biscuit ya stuffed but it's amazing how the boffins at Yorkshire Tea have got the flavour so right. It even smells like biscuits. I'm a bit fussy about my flavoured teas so there's no messing with me, I will not drink rubbish. I can totally recommend these, in fact I was off for another brew straight away - I know! Two Brew Sue.
Give them a go and see what you think, let me know if you think they work or do you think it's just a gimmick and they'll fizzle out. Hope not, personally I'm thinking I should have bought about half a dozen boxes. Morrisons get some more stock in! I'll be round.
Thanks for reading today and if you fancy joining me again well, come back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday. Until then take care of yourselves.
What does tea mean to me?
Well I could drink it all the time and forever I'd wee
I wish the seas and oceans were made of this stuff
I'm just so addicted, I can't get enough
I have tea in bags and also loose leaf
to see it on my shelf I feel such relief
It makes me feel warm and cosy inside
any opportunity for a brew I cannot let slide
Twinings, Tetley and Typhoo are all good
I'd have my own tea if only I could
Nothing quite beats the great Yorkshire brew
I'm still waiting for their biscuit brew, yes it's that new
I have tea mostly during my day
but there's nothing quite like the last may I say
A cosy decaf for an evening treat
settled, relaxed my day is complete
So tea it has to be my favourite thing
it should have been there for Julie Andrews to sing
You can have it alone or with friends to share
just don't forget it's brewing, leave to go cold, now that's not fair!
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