I finally discovered a way to remove dark stains and scratches from some old white dishes that I inherited. They weren’t dirty, just marked from years of use.
I tried to photograph the stains, but the camera did not seem to want to focus on it. This plate in particular was quite bad, brown stain over most of the plate. I always kept this one on the bottom of the stack, although I only own five.
First I sprinkled some baking soda on the plate.
Rubbed fairly gently with a damp cloth.
The stains on this plate were so bad that I needed a little reinforcement, so I added just a dab of vinegar.
I’m not sure if this would be recommended, but I rubbed this plate again and it took the stains off and even some of the scratches.
Only one of the five plates needed this treatment, the rest came clean with a bit of baking soda and some gentle elbow grease.
I don’t know if this process would work on all white dishware. These are about 30 years old and were made in West Germany. It is good solid porcelain, so if you do attempt this way to remove stains from your dishes, do try a small area first.
I am so glad I decided to try this. I didn’t want to have to buy new plates, just because these were stained, but I couldn’t keep using them when I had company over.
Sometimes, it’s just the simple things that make such a big difference.
In case you live in Germany and wonder what the equivalent to baking soda is – the proper translated word is Natron and you can find it sold in little packets in any grocery store and in a larger box (like Arm and Hammer baking soda size) in your local drug store.