How to remove water stains from wood

How to remove water stains from wood

I’m the worst coaster-user ever. In fact, I pretty much never use them, and my kitchen table has been on the receiving end of some really hot and watery beverages that I always seem to forget to cover!

Last week Hubby got really mad because I stuck a huge, piping hot mug of my tea on the table, and it made this enormous water stain:

I looked online and found some homemade remedy that called for putting non-gel toothpaste on it. FAIL!

So then my aunt happened to be visiting us this week, and as we were all sitting at the table (me getting in trouble again for putting a Fresca can on the table…), she mentioned that she knew the secret to removing these water stains from wood!


(Is basically what I said)

It turns out, the secret is all in an iron and a white t-shirt. What?!? Yes. And it WORKS!!!!

Turn your iron to the cotton setting, and place a white t-shirt over the stain. Iron the shirt overtop the water stain like this:

And I kid you not—

You’re welcome. I now wish I have a bunch of other water stains I could remove! Although, I think I’ve learned my lesson with the coasters. Happy husband, happy life…isn’t that how the saying goes?!? 😉



  1. September 1, 2016 / 2:51 PM

    I need to try this! We have more than one piece of wood furniture in our house that has suffered from water stains!

    • Meredith
      September 1, 2016 / 3:32 PM

      Let me know how it works out! Apparently it MUST be a white T, not a colored one (why, I have no idea!). Seriously couldn’t believe how amazing this worked!