December 30th, 2011 / posted by paularath

What a difference a little vinegar and water make!

The dawn of a new year is an ideal time to take stock of what we have, get rid of what we don’t want or need and take care of the things we are keeping.

I absolutely adore my fashion-oriented mugs (above). They were a hostess gift from Doug Jago, Neiman Marcus’ visual merchandising guru. He is a dear friend and colleague and I think of him every day as I drink my tea in the morning. But oh dear. When I took  a good hard look at my favorite mugs I realized they had become tea- and coffee-stained. Gross. What to do? I looked it up in my Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints and found a little newspaper article from the ’50s tucked into the book by my mother – about how to clean out cups and mugs. Aha!

All it takes is white vinegar, water and an old toothbrush. (I always save mine for little housekeeping chores.) I wasn’t very scientific about it. To clean four mugs I think I used about one tablespoon of vinegar in one cup of water. I dipped in the toothbrush and scrubbed around (don’t forget the lipstick stains on the outside) and in a matter of seconds, the mugs looked like new. So easy and painless! And we all have vinegar around the house, don’t we?

I’ll be sharing more helpful household tips in the next few days as we get ready to greet the new year. Next up: Giving your makeup kit a makeover.

– Paula Rath

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Linda Bachrach
January 4th, 2012 at 6:39 am

A few drops of bleach and tap water to fill the cup will do it instantly.
Then I put them in the dishwasher or rinse them thoroughly.

January 5th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Good idea. I’m allergic to bleach so I never think about it but it sure makes sense! Mahalo for sharing it with my readers.

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