10 ways to remove coffee stains from clothes

Have you faced a coffee stain in the past? Because they are more common than you think.

The coffee, especially the one that is well done in an Italian coffee maker, is the best friend of my mornings and a great companion in the evenings, but the stains have become a headache. If you are not careful or you are a very clueless person, the chances of ending up stained increase.

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Luckily for you (and me) coffee stains can be permanently removed from your clothes, table or car seat.

Just follow one of those 10 tips and you can say goodbye to the little accident.

How to remove coffee stains from clothes?

What do baking soda, beer, and detergent have in common? All 3 are excellent stain removers. In the following list I explain its usefulness against coffee accidents:

1. How to remove a recent coffee stain?

You can prevent your garment or shirt from getting coffee stained by acting fast. If the stain is recent, you can use napkins or any absorbent paper to remove the excess, pressing several times on it.

Run the stained area under the tap and use a little soap to remove the stain. You can use a sponge or bristle brush if necessary, but it is not essential.

If you are at home you can do like me and throw the garment in the washing machine. A quick cycle with soap and water is sufficient to remove the stain and any remaining odors.

If the coffee stain is already dry or has a long time, it is necessary to use one of the following effective methods that I tell you below.

2. Remove coffee stains with white vinegar

This option is one of the easiest and the one that most people use, because everyone has vinegar at home. It can be used in 2 ways:

Remove coffee stains with white vinegar

  • If the garment is made of cotton or a resistant textile, apply vinegar on the stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then use the washing machine to remove stain.
  • If the stain is on silk or delicate textiles, dilute 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water and apply to the stained area. 10 minutes later take it to the washing machine.

3. Remove coffee stains with salt and lemon

Other stain removers that you surely have at home (or you can buy for very little) are salt and lemon. I recommend using it if the stain is on white clothes, because it can lighten the colors.

Remove coffee stains with salt and lemon

Squeeze 1 large lemon (about ¼ cup) and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Pour this mixture over the coffee stain and rub with a brush or sponge in circular motions. Let it rest for a few minutes and then wash the garment with soap and water.

If you only have salt you can also remove the stain, just moisten the stained area and put 1 tablespoon of salt on top. Scrub for 2 minutes with a brush and then take it to the washing machine.

4. Remove coffee stains with baking soda

Baking soda is natural bleach, and it works very well with coffee stains on almost any type of fabric.

Moisten the stained area and apply the necessary amount of baking soda, depending on the size of the stain. I always use 1 tablespoon and that is enough for me.

Rub vigorously for a couple of minutes and let the powder act for 1 or 2 hours, then take the garment to wash.

5. Remove coffee stains with egg yolk

The egg yolk method was very popular in the pre-stain remover era.

I was surprised when my grandmother told me how she did before to bleach her clothes, I explain the procedure:

  1. Separate the white from the yolk.
  2. Mix yolk with a splash of water.
  3. Lay the stained garment on a flat surface and apply the yolk to the coffee stain.
  4. Rub the stain with a cloth or sponge.
  5. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  6. Wait for it to dry and wash in the washing machine.

6. Remove coffee stains with beer

Getting a beer today is almost as easy as getting an egg and it’s another great stain remover.

You will need a beer and a clean cloth. The higher the alcoholic strength of the drink, the better its stain removal effect.

Pour some of the beer over the stain and rub the area with the cloth. If it’s too dry or hard to get out, repeat the process.

Let the garment rest for 10 minutes and it will be ready to be put in the washing machine. This will remove any remaining stain and odor from the beer.

7. Remove coffee stains with soda

A soda can remove coffee stains from your clothes in the same way as beer.

Simply apply a squirt of soda to the coffee stained area and then rub with a cloth.

If the stain is very strong, you just have to repeat the process. Leave it on for 5 minutes and finish the cleaning with a cycle in the washing machine.

8. Remove coffee stains with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is excellent bleach, but I recommend using it only on white clothes. If you use it in color clothes you will damage its tonality.

You have 2 options when using hydrogen peroxide against coffee stains:

  • Soak the stain in hydrogen peroxide and let it work for 15 minutes.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain and rub gently with a brush. Afterwards, you let it act for 15 minutes.

I have used both methods and they work the same. Whichever option you choose, after 15 minutes you should wash the garment in the washing machine with soap and water.

9. Remove coffee stains with detergent or dishwasher

A little bit of dish soap is enough to remove small coffee stains. With the help of a brush you can apply a layer of detergent and rub for a couple of minutes.

Then you place the stain under the faucet and finally, to the washing machine. A full cycle and you’ll have a more stain-free garment.

10. Remove coffee stains with a bleaching product

If all else fails, it’s time to turn to the professionals.

A stain remover can help you if you have a coffee stain that doesn’t come off with anything. You can buy one at the supermarket and each product comes with its instructions for use.

There are different brands and presentations. This is the most expensive option, but also the most effective. I always have one at home since I tried them, to use against those hard to remove stains.

Don’t throw that piece of clothing in the trash just because it has a coffee stain, try any of the 10 methods I mention and get back to enjoying your clothes.

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