Don't let that coffee spill leave a lingering stain on your clothes. Here's the trick to removing a coffee stain for good, using products you likely already have in your laundry room or cleaning closet.


If there's one thing we can't go without, it's our morning coffee. But there's nothing worse than running out the door or just sitting down to read and accidentally sloshing some on your shirt. Unfortunately, coffee can leave a dark, ugly stain—especially on lighter fabrics. Don't fret! These stain removal tips will help you salvage your clothes from your wayward daily brew.

Method One: Vinegar

Mix the following in a bucket or other large container:

  • 1 quart lukewarm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Soak clothing in the solution for 15 minutes, then rinse and hang to dry.

Method Two: Enzyme Presoak

If the stain is gone, you can go ahead and wash the clothes. If your stain is a little more stubborn, use a white sponge to dab rubbing alcohol on the stain, working from the outside to the center. Then mix a batch of:

  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1 tablespoon enzyme presoak product

Place stained clothing in bucket and allow to soak for 30 minutes.

Method Three: Bleach

Again, if you can no longer see the stain, you're safe to wash the clothing as normal. But if the stain is STILL there, wash it using chlorine or oxygen bleach. Always check the label to make sure the bleach is safe to use on that fabric.


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