Coffee stains are up there as one of the worst (especially if you tend to be clumsy like me). There goes another shirt, you may think. But not so fast. We’ve talked about stain removal methods before, and you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to get coffee stains out of your clothes. The best part? You probably have most of the below in the house already, so no need to run out and let the stain set even more.
Here are six tips to get the coffee out of your clothes (or carpet or upholstery… you get the idea). No matter which you use, the faster you clean it up, the better.
1. Baking Soda
Not only can you get rid of coffee rings and stains in your mugs with baking soda, but you can also get rid of stains on your clothes and carpet, too. (It’s so powerful, you can even keep your teeth white when brushing with baking soda!) For coffee, my grandma just blots the stain, then adds baking soda, while others use baking soda in addition to a few other ingredients like mild detergent and water.
Best Carpet Cleaner Review suggests the latter, first cleaning the coffee stain with detergent (without rubbing it in), then spraying with water, patting dry, and adding some baking soda. After a few minutes, vacuum it (if we’re talking about your carpet) and that’s that.
2. Club Soda
Club soda is not only a great grease stain remover, but will eliminate coffee ones, too, whether they’re on your shirt, tablecloth, or carpet. After you’ve blotted the stain, sprinkle it with salt, then add club soda, according to Apartment Therapy. Let them soak into the stain (even overnight), then blot again. If the stain’s on your carpet, vacuum, too – to get up all the salt. Some people only use club soda to remove the stain, so you can see what works for you.
Yep, just put some vinegar on the coffee stain after you blot it first, according to Remove-Stain.com. After the vinegar, rinse the garment in cold water, then apply more vinegar if necessary. Then, throw it in the wash. If you still see remnants of the stain, try more vinegar and wash it again. Easy, right?
4. Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Detergent
After blotting the stain, ModernMom combines 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup white vinegar and pours the combination onto it. Then, blot again. Next, mix 1 qt. of water with ¼ tsp. of detergent and pour it onto the area. Blot again. Keep adding more of the mixture as needed until the surface is coffee-free.
Then, cover it with a towel and add something heavy on top, like a book. After the carpet is dry, if you still see coffee, pour on 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and leave it be for an hour. Blot again. Still not gone? Add more hydrogen peroxide and—yep, you guessed it—blot again.
Note from ModernMom: Sometimes, hydrogen peroxide stains, so test a small area of the material first.
5. Dish Soap Or Laundry Detergent
People swear by both liquid dish soap and laundry detergent to remove coffee stains. The key, of course, is putting the one you choose onto the stain right away, along with cold water. Then, have it sit for 3-5 minutes, states About.com. If it’s an older stain, soak the clothing in cold water for a longer amount of time, but rub the coffee stain every five minutes. After a half-hour, if it’s not gone yet, soak it for up to 15 minutes in warm water.
6. Egg Yolk
Did you read that right? Absolutely. (I had to do a double-take, too.) Grab an egg, a cup of cold water, and a sponge, states Scotch-Brite’s website, and prepare to be coffee-stain-free.
First, blot the spot with the sponge. Then, beat the egg yolk and water together and put it over the stain. After a few minutes, rinse with cold water and the stain should be MIA. Other people add rubbing alcohol and use warm water, so you may want to see what works best for you. Some, like GeeksOnHome, just apply the yolk (water optional), while others, like PureWow, add a bit of rubbing alcohol and a couple spoons of water to the egg yolk, beat with a fork, then blot it on the stain. In any case, your clothes should be stain-free in no time.