How to remove coffee stains from clothes

How to remove coffee stains from clothes

Have you ever had a sip of coffee and accidentally missed your mouth? Maybe you knocked over your cup and it fell in your lap? If you are looking at removing a coffee stain; all you need is one of the following household ingredients:

  • Salt
  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Baby Powder
  • Tide to go pen
  • Club Soda

Getting coffee stains out of clothes isn’t impossible, you just need to act quickly and know how to handle them. Fortunately, we’ve tried a few different solutions in order to find the ones that work best.

Read on to take away a few tricks on how to remove a coffee stain from your clothes. Be aware of the material your clothes are made of and choose the appropriate solution to use.

Removing a coffee stain with salt:

  1. Sprinkle some table salt over the coffee stain on your piece of clothing until the stain is completely covered.
  2. Be generous with the amount of salt you use as the more you use, the deeper it will sink into the clothes.
  3. Let the salt sit for a minute or two and then rub the rest of it away with a paper towel. This will prevent the stain from spreading further and should remove the stain completely or at least improve it a noticeable amount. 
  4. Throw your clothes in the wash and run a normal cycle. 
  5. Don’t put it in the dryer before you are sure the stain is completely gone.
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Removing a coffee stain with white vinegar:

  1. First off, make sure you use white vinegar to treat your stain, not another type of vinegar.
  2. Pour one or two drops of white vinegar onto the stain and rub it in with a paper towel.
  3. You can also add white vinegar to your washing machine.
  4. Make sure you do not want to wear this article of clothing after because it will smell like vinegar until it is washed. Adding vinegar to a wash cycle will not make your clothes smell.
  5. Run your clothes through a normal wash cycle.

Removing a coffee stain with baking soda:

  1. Take a piece of paper towel and wet it until damp.
  2. Start by blotting the coffee stain with the damp towel.
  3. Sprinkle enough baking soda on top of the stain to cover it.
  4. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes in order to seep through the stain.
  5. Use a dry towel to remove the baking soda.
  6. Repeat one more time if necessary.
  7. Throw your article of clothing in the wash to finalize the cleaning.
  8. Let it air dry.

Removing a coffee stain with laundry detergent:

  1. Mix laundry detergent and cold water together.
  2. Rub the mixture on the coffee stain.
  3. Allow the substance to sit for up to five minutes. If longer is necessary, you can leave it but do not let it dry.
  4. Rinse off using cold water.
  5. Wash as usual in the washing machine and air dry.

Removing a coffee stain with baby powder:

  1. Use a damp paper towel and blot the coffee stain.
  2. Apply a generous amount of baby powder to the stain.
  3. Allow the baby powder to seep into the coffee stain.
  4. After allowing it to sit for a few minutes, gently wipe away the remaining powder.
  5. Wash in the washing machine like you usually do and air dry.
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Removing a coffee stain with a Tide to go pen:

First things first, if you are prone to spill stuff you should probably have a stain pen within reach at all times. The Tide to go pen is a simple and effective stain removing pen that works well on many types of stains.

Simply dot the coffee stain with your stain removal pen until you notice the stain disappearing, following the instructions on the pen. Remember to put your clothes in the wash right when you get home. Don’t put them in the dryer unless you’re sure the stain is gone.

Removing a coffee stain with club soda:

  1. Use water to flush the stain first to try and remove as much as the coffee as possible.
  2. Spray the stain with club soda enough to soak the area.
  3. Use your finger or a small scrubber to work the club soda into the coffee stain.
  4. Leave the club soda on the stain for up to 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse it out with cold water.
  6. If the stain is gone, wash as normal.

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Common questions about coffee stains

Are coffee stains permanent?

Coffee stains are usually not permanent, depending on the depth of the stain and how old the stain is. It also depends on the material the stain is on. Try one of the above methods outlined in this article to get rid of any coffee stains. Many people find success by removing coffee stains with one of the household products explained above.

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Can coffee stains be removed after drying?

The simple answer is yes! Just because a coffee stain has dried, does not mean that it will be permanent. One can still remove the coffee stain, but it might not come out as easy when it’s dried as it would have when it was freshly spilled. Use one of the products above to remove your old stain.

Can old coffee stains come out?

Old coffee stains do in fact come out. They just might take a little extra scrubbing. Try one of the ingredients outlined above to remove your old coffee stain. Be careful with certain products on certain materials to ensure no discoloring.

How can one minimize the risk of coffee spilling? 

Be very careful when you are consuming something that is not clear in color, especially coffee. Although coffee does come out of clothing, you want to minimize the risk of getting burned if you are drinking hot coffee by being extra cautious. Make sure the lid (if applicable) is on tight when using that type of mug or just be extremely careful when drinking. Accidents do happen so not everything is preventable.

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