How To Remove Coffee Stains From Clothing

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Most of us cannot think of starting the day without first getting a delicious cup of coffee. But have you ever spilled coffee on your clothes seconds before your Uber arrives? Of course, you can quickly change your shirt and head off to your office, but at the back of your mind, you will be thinking about how to get that stain out of your clothes once you get back home. 

How Hard Is It To Get Coffee Stains Off Clothes?

Contrary to popular belief, it is fairly easy to clean off the coffee stain from your clothes. And you should do it while the stain is still fresh. If you spill coffee on your clothes, and if you immediately notice it, quickly run cold water through the stain. Avoid scrubbing the stained area, as it will only spread the stain to the other parts of your cloth. 

But what if you drip coffee on your cloth without noticing. You go on doing your regular chores, and by that time the coffee stain has already dried off. 

What Equipment Do You Need To Remove Dry Coffee Stains?

If the coffee stain has already dried onto your clothes, it is a bit tricky to get it out. But, it is not impossible. 

You will need cold water, a paper towel, powder detergent, and vinegar to get dried coffee stain out of your clothes. 

Take the cloth and pour a few drops of cold water on it. Now take the powder detergent and apply some to the stained area. Gently run your fingers on top of the stain, and stop when you see foam. Let the solution sit on your clothes for a few minutes, and then apply cold water. 

If the stain is still there after washing off the detergent foam, take out the vinegar. Add equal amounts of detergent powder, and vinegar to the stained area. Use your fingers to gently rub the stain. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to rub the stain with the vinegar mixture. Wait five minutes before washing it off. 

The problem with vinegar is, if you use too much of it, it might discolor your cloth. This is why it is advised that you use equal parts of vinegar with water and then add the detergent. Turn it into a consistent paste before applying it to the stain. 

If you do not have powder detergent at home, do not worry. You can also use liquid dish soap, or liquid detergent, whatever you have at home. Also, if the stain does not come off after you have washed it in cold water, try soaking it in hot water for 10-15 minutes. 

Removing Coffee Stains From Clothing

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Your clothes are not the only thing you might end up spilling coffee on. Chances are you might spill coffee on your bedsheets, as well as floor carpets.

If you have spilled coffee on your carpet, you need vinegar, and liquid dish soap to get it off. Create a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar, liquid soap, and water. Pour the mixture on the stain and let it sit for five minutes. You can also use a blow dryer or a fan.  

Along with vinegar, and detergent, there is another way to remove coffee stains from clothes. There are many stains remover gels, and sprays in the market. These are highly effective in removing stains. 

Using Oxygen Bleach Laundry Detergent To Remove Stain

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Let us see how you can use the Oxygen Bleach Laundry to remove a coffee stain. Whether you have a front-loading washing machine or a top-loading one, you should add this bleaching powder before you add the clothes. 

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Unlike other laundry detergents, the Oxygen Bleach detergent quickly dissolves in water of any temperature. However, if the water is too cold, the detergent might not dissolve properly in water.

If you have already added hot water to the washing machine, and now there is no way for you to drain them out, take the oxygen bleach detergent and mix it in warm water first. Once the detergent is completely dissolved in water, pour it inside the washer. 

The oxygen bleach detergents work best when you let fabrics completely soak in the detergent. 

Removing Coffee Stain From Couch  

Who doesn’t like sipping on coffee while watching their favorite show, or an exciting football game on the TV? But all the fun might get ruined if you spill coffee on your couch. Whether you spill it by accident, or someone bumps into you, the stain needs immediate attention. 

Remember, never scrub the stain on your couch with a dry cloth with hopes of getting it off. You might end up spreading the stain to other parts and making the whole situation much worse for you. 

Take a paper towel and place it on top of the stain. Aim for absorbing all the extra liquid off the surface of your couch. If the stain is from black coffee, put some liquid detergent on a sponge, and gently press on the stain. Rub the sponge in a circular motion until you see the stain is completely removed from your couch. 


So now you know how to remove coffee stains from clothes. If you notice that you have spilled coffee on your clothes, the trick is to act as fast as you can. 

Take off the clothes and run cold water through them. Also, don’t through away your clothes. Coffee stains can be removed if you know the trick. Wet coffee stains are much easier to take out than dried coffee stains. So, the next time you spill coffee on your favorite t-shirt, do not waste time sulking. Act fast. 

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