We’ve all been there. You’re in the coffee shop enjoying a hot cup of coffee. You placed the cup down on the table for a minute, maybe to pick up your phone, and suddenly, you hit your coffee cup and spill some of it on your clothes. Oh no! Your favorite outfit is now stained with coffee. Obviously, you can’t throw that nice piece of clothing away, especially if it’s sentimental to you, so your next best step is washing it. Here is how to get coffee out of clothing.
Before you consider washing your clothes, you might think about what you want to use to remove the stain. Water is an obvious factor, but it cannot scrub the stain away. You need something more powerful to remove it. Fortunately, there are a lot of options to choose from to remove those nasty coffee marks.
Any detergent these days are capable of removing most stains, although you might need to put in more time and effort if it’s an old, tough stain already set in your clothes.
White vinegar is also a household product that moms everywhere swear on its efficiency. Damping it a bit on your clothes may work. And don’t worry, the smell will be washed off.
This method is mostly reserved for carpets, but you can go and have a shot with it in removing clothes stains.
Tide To Go is a perfect way to remove stains while you’re, well, on the go. Tide To Go advertises that it is best in removing food and drink stains. This product is great to have if you are an accident-prone person and don’t have a nearby washing machine to go to.
Magic Eraser is a more general cleaning product that you use around the house, but it won’t hurt to maybe try it a little on your clothes. We mean, if it can remove stains on ceramics, might as well try it on clothes.
Synthetic clothes are durable compared to other materials, so it’s pretty easy to remove the stain. All you need to do is to blot any remaining coffee stain on your clothes. Next, you presoak the clothes in a warm water mixture of 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 15 minutes. You then rinse, sponge the area off with rubbing alcohol to remove traces of the stain, and finally wash normally with the rest of your laundry.
Cotton is also a pretty tough fabric. There are different ways you can remove the stain. You can pretreat the stained area using a commercial stain remover. If you don’t have those in your home, try using the synthetic fabric method of soaking it for 15 minutes in a warm mixture of dishwashing soap and vinegar. If the second method did not work, and you don’t want to buy commercial stain remover just for one shirt, get the kettle out and pour 200 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 93 degrees in Celcius) water onto your shirt. It sounds a little scary, but if you are at your wits ends, stretch the fabric with a rubber band and pray that you won’t burn a hole into it.
Coffee stains can be a drag, but they can easily be fixed with persistence, care, and a few chemicals at home. Things can be tricky when removing coffee stains, so have due diligence to know what fabric your clothes is made of and read all the labels in your cleaning products to keep damage at a minimum. We can’t wait to see you strut back to the coffee shop again with your newly clean, stain-free, outfit.