I have never seen the inside of a dishwasher. It’s a point of pride, really. Char, and now Kat, wouldn’t hear of my being exposed to such barbarism! (Thank goodness!) The tales I’ve heard from visiting porcelain…
In addition to introducing the world to the lovely comfort of tea, China also introduced the world to porcelain (Such a clever lot!). In fact, that’s why we call our fancy dinnerware “Fine china” or “china.” Our white, ceramic features, though beautiful, are prone to staining over time. I’ll admit, Char was slightly more vigilant regarding my daily appearance, though to Kat’s credit, she hasn’t let me become too slovenly… yet.
We tea cups are a delicate lot. You possess us because you love us, you admire us. It’s alright to admit it! We are made to be your accessory, and therefore it is right and just to take a little extra care in our appearance.
To put it bluntly, dearies, if we look bad, you look bad.
So, what’s to be done with these fragile, lovely darlings?
First, it’s prudent to wash us after each use in mildly soapy, warm water. Use a soft cloth to wipe every surface, rinse with warm water, and dry with a new soft cloth. Scrubbing brushes or harsh detergents can damage us, especially the decorative exteriors.
But there’s always that one night. Things got out of hand, guests stayed too late, a small (or large) pool of tea is left to sit and set into our guts. A stubborn stain sets in, and no amount of gentle, soapy scrubbing will coax it away.
Say hello to my little friend. Baking soda! He’s a wonder! Dampen a soft cloth, dip it in baking soda and gently buff away the stain. Add a little more water or a little more baking soda as needed. Once the stain has been lifted and spirited away, give your tea cup a gentle, soapy bath to remove any remaining residue. C’est tout! That is all.
Keep in mind, baking soda has a level of abrasiveness, so avoid any of the exterior embellishments. Stick to the interior. He’s your inside man.
Even in your most tired, desperate state, I beg of you, do not allow yourself to be lulled into the deceptive sense of convenience of the dishwasher. She has her place. She is a worker. But she’s rough around the edges and can expose your tea cups and any china to a little more rough-and-tumble than they can withstand.
Help us help you. Care for your tea cups properly, and we’ll never embarrass you.