A cup of coffee is the best way to start your mornings. If you are a confessed coffee lover like me, then coffee spills are familiar to you. Coffee stains are nasty looking and hard to remove using your regular wash routine. But this doesn’t mean, you should throw away your favorite pair of jeans.
You can clean coffee stains and have your jeans looking as good as new with just a few simple tricks. For fresh stains, you can use regular water and laundry detergent. For stains that are older, a vinegar and baking soda paste is an effective solution.
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Plain water and powder detergent solution
This is a traditional method that has worked over the years. It involves immediately soaking your jeans in plain water and then adding a strong laundry detergent, letting it soak for a few minutes. The sooner you do this, the better chance you’ll have of saving your jeans, so act quickly.
Next, give the coffee stain a little scrub with your hands or a soft brush, and the stain will effortlessly come off. This trick always works; but only if the stain is fresh and still wet.
But what if the spill happened while you were away from home, in the office or enjoying your favorite house coffee at a restaurant? Now it’s too late to try flushing the stain away with a plain water soak. So, how do you remove the old coffee stain without bleaching your jeans?
Vinegar, baking powder and liquid soap paste
This remedy will work on older coffee stains that are more set and stubborn. When it comes to the topic of home cleaning solutions, you can’t miss talking about, white vinegar and baking powder. What cleaning problem can’t vinegar solve?
Follow the steps below to create a paste solution that will help clear the coffee stain:
- On the stained part, use cotton wool to apply enough vinegar to soak.
- Secondly, take baking soda and spread it on the same spot,
- Pour a few drops of liquid soap (dishwashing soap or hand soap)
- Lastly, using a soft brush like toothbrush, start to scrub and keep adding drops of vinegar as you gently, scrub for about 5-10 mins.
- Rinse and wash your jeans as you normally would. The stain should have cleared.
- Let the jeans air dry.
If the stain is not 100% removed after the first wash, repeat the steps to clear the remaining stain.
A surprising solution: the egg trick
Although you don’t typically think of eggs for their stain removing capabilities, they can actually be used to get rid of coffee stains. Just follow this simple process:
- Crack one egg or more into a bowl, depending on how big the stained patch is
- Add a little warm water and give it a slight mix
- Using a cotton ball, rub the egg solution on the stain, thoroughly soaking it.
- Using a soft brush, gently begin to scrub, you will see the stain coming off as you do this.
- Rinse and wash in the machine as you normally would.
Baking Soda and water solution
Baking soda is a mild abrasive that removes stains and is useful for cleaning functions, as mentioned earlier. If you don’t have vinegar or liquid soap, this will work just fine.
Mix baking soda with water so it has the consistency of a thick paste. It should almost feel like glue. Once it is that thick, take the paste solution and apply it on the stain, making sure it is thoroughly absorbed into the fabric and covering each one of the stains.
Let it stay for roughly 15 minutes and then give it a light scrub. Rinse and wash in the machine as normal.
Beauty soap also gets rid of stains
The last trick is to hand wash the stained area using bathing or beauty soap. Just apply the soap then give it a hand wash or gentle scrub. Rinse and wash in your washing machine.
Frequently asked questions about removing coffee stains from jeans
Can coffee stains damage my jeans?
Yes, unfortunately if coffee stains are left untreated, they can leave a nasty brown patch on your lovely pair of jeans. But this shouldn’t give you a headache anymore, as it’s easy enough to get rid of the stains using simple solutions like concentrated laundry detergent or white vinegar.
Will vinegar, baking powder and liquid soap paste destroy or bleach my jeans texture?
Although these are kitchen ingredients, not laundry detergents, they are safe to use on your clothes. These substances have been used over the years to solve a lot of cleaning dilemmas, and not just kitchen related mishaps.
Vinegar, is an eco-friendly fabric softener and helps colors not to bleed from your clothes. So, no, vinegar will not damage your clothes. If anything, it will leave your jeans feeling soft and snuggly and the color will remain intact.
Is a vinegar and baking soda solution a better option than bleach for removing a coffee stains from jeans?
Yes. Bleach is best used for white clothes, so unless you are dealing with white colored jeans; you shouldn’t use it on your jeans. It can discolor your jeans, leaving white patches that might make your jeans look like tie-dye and might damage the texture.
So, you need to be careful when using bleach. On the other hand, vinegar and baking soda can easily be found at home and they are natural, eco-friendly and harmless.
What causes coffee stains?
Coffee stains are caused by tannins found in the dark-colored drink. Tannins are natural, dark-colored compounds found in drinks like coffee and red wine. Tannins cause the dark colored compounds to get stuck on teeth and other surfaces. So, be careful with your coffee because it is prone to staining.
How do I remove coffee from “Dry Clean Only” clothes?
The reason why clothes get labeled as “Dry Clean Only” is because of the fabric they are made of. To remove a dry coffee stain from such a garment; blot the area with a dry white cloth. Sponge lightly with a damp cloth, and then use the vinegar, baking soda and liquid soap paste. Blot dry, and then wash as you typically do like a dry cleaner.
Accidents happen; coffee spills are frequent in every home where there are small kids, pets or just adults who are clumsy from time to time. We love to multi-task and do things fast. This is normal, but next time try to sit down and enjoy your cup of coffee instead of rushing around or worrying about stains 🙂 When an accident does happen, the methods described above have been tested and proven. Happy cleaning!