How to Remove Coffee Stains

Imagine enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning. Suddenly, you spill coffee on your white shirt. This can be an infuriating experience. For fresh stains, wash the cloth in cold water and dab the stain with a wet paper towel.

For harder to remove stains, there are a few more sophisticated ways to remove the coffee stain:

  • Commercial stain remover. Using a stain-removal product, saturate the stain and wait one minute for the product to penetrate the stain. Launder the cloth immediately.
  • Vinegar. Vinegar is a great natural stain remover. Mix a teaspoon of white vinegar and quart of cold water. If the stain persists, you can use the vinegar at full-strength. Use a sponge or paper towel and gently dab on the stain.
  • Baking Soda. Apply baking soda to the coffee stain and gently rub the cloth or object. Let the baking soda settle and then rinse with cold water.
  • Egg Yolk. Mix the egg yolk and a few drops of alcohol with warm water. Use a sponge to rub the mixture on the stain.

Of the four methods, a commercial stain remover will be your best bet. The other options are for cases when you do not have access to laundry supplies. These methods are best for clothes and washable items. If you happen to spill coffee on antique linens or silk clothes, I would recommend you take the item to your usual dry cleaner immediately.

Two bonus tips:

  • Do not use a hair dryer or dryer machine as heat sets stains.
  • If possible, never let a coffee stain set. Remove the coffee stain as early as possible to increase your chances of removing it.

Do you have a better way to remove coffee stains?  Comment below and let us know!

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