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Getting iced tea stains off of the plastic pitcher?

Asked by elbanditoroso (24547points) December 3rd, 2017

I have an electric iced tea maker; I use it regularly and have for years. It is a wonderful appliance.

I’ve noticed that the plastic pitcher (that comes with it and is used for brewing) has gotten increasingly discolored over the years. This is despite me washing it both by hand and in the dishwasher.

Is there some detergent or solvent that can get rid of the iced tea stains from the clear plastic pitcher?

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flameboi's avatar

Try vinegar and baking soda. Let it stand overnight. Add the vinegar slowly. You won’t need much of each ingredient, but use as much as you thing is a good amount.

kritiper's avatar

Soak it in some water with some bleach. That’s how I get my tea cup and coffee pot clean.

snowberry's avatar

In my experience bleach usually leaves a taste behind. As mentioned previously you could use the vinegar and baking soda combination or try soaking in each individually. For our cups with tea and coffee stains a good scrub with a paste of baking soda and water (use like scowering powder) takes it right off.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I also vote for vinegar.

YARNLADY's avatar

How about a rub down with a lemon cut in half? Any residue will add lemon flavor to your tea.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Will try vinegar this evening. If that isnt successful, I’ll work my way down the suggestions. Thanks.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Let us know.

kritiper's avatar

In my experience, after soaking as I stated before, and then washing with regular dish detergent, I detect no aftertaste. And if there is some after taste, there is none after the first cup.

Pandora's avatar

If the ideas above don’t work then I would try cascade liquid dishwasher cleaner. Pour in and let it sit overnight and then scrub. I use to do this to clean my coffee pots but they were either metal or glass. I never tried it with plastic. Plastic is a lot harder to clean. I know people who use bleach to clean their plastic cutting boards and remove the stains from tomatoes and other foods. I’ve never tried it. If that is something you have readily available, I would do that and then wash it afterwards with soap and water or throw it in the dishwasher. If there is still some bleach smell, then use a real lemon as suggested above.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I tried the vinegar idea the other night. Maybe 50% successful. It’s better but not clean.

I’ll try the liquid DW detergent today after I run to the store to get some.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Baking soda might do the trick too. It gets stains off of teeth.
Or you could…buy a new pitcher. A glass one.

RocketGuy's avatar

I’ve had success with bleach. I then put into the dishwasher to wash off the bleach. Note that vinegar and baking soda cancel each other out if put in together, so they would only work separately. I use vinegar all the time for laundry, but that is a different conversation.

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