How To Remove A Coffee Stain


You can’t live a day without coffee, do you? Even when you are in a morning rush, you have to grab a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe. Every coffee drinker has their “unlucky” day, a drop or two– or the entire cup is spilled on their clothes. More so, if you are in a rush! 

When this happens, there’s no reason to fret– you only need to be creative on how to remove a coffee stain. Fortunately, there are several common household ingredients that could help us remove all the evidence of your coffee spills. 

Baby Powder

Ladies, do you remember the baby powder you keep inside your bag? It does not only sop up the oil in your hair, or keep you skin chafing. It helps reduce cloth stains, too! So, if you are in a rush and you do not have time to go to the bathroom, you can use the baby powder in your bag.

Apply the baby powder to the coffee mark. Allow the powder to seep in for a few minutes before gently brushing it off with a cloth. Did it work? I hope so! If there’s still a little evidence, you could fix that at home.

Baking Soda

If you are still in your kitchen but have no time to find another outfit to wear, grab a baking soda. Surely, the coffee stain will not stick to your clothes. Before you apply the baking soda on the stain, blot the coffee stain with a cold, damp paper towel. Sprinkle the baking soda over the stain and let it steep for a couple of minutes.

Blot the baking soda away with a dry towel. Is the stain still there? If it is, do not panic. You can wash it once you return, at least the stains are not setting into your favorite shirt.


You don’t have a baking soda? Well, don’t worry! I am sure you have salt, right? Take a pinch of salt and sprinkle it on the coffee stain– put a generous amount! A generous amount could seep more into the fabric. Leave it for a minute or so, and gently rub the salt with a paper towel.

If the coffee stain is not completely removed, do not worry– you can do it later during the laundry. 

Removing coffee stains on clothes is a trial-and-error process. Those were the simplest solution you could do when you are in a rush. But, if it did not work, let’s move to the next method.

Pre-treating stains make a big difference. Wet coffee comes out more than dried coffee stains– kudos for controlling the situation. Now, it is time to put your stained clothes to the laundry.

You have to prepare the following supplies:

Wash Stained Clothes


  • Flush with cold water


Before you hand wash the clothes, you have to flush the stain with cold water. If it is a fresh stain, run the cold water through the backside of the fabric. It will prevent the coffee from penetrating the cloth. Continue doing so for 10 minutes or until the stain is completely clear.

However, this will not fully work on old stains. So, go over the next step.


  • Apply liquid laundry detergent or liquid soap


Run cold water and rub liquid laundry detergent (or, if you don’t have, use liquid dishwashing soap) on the coffee stain. If it is a fresh stain, you can let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Do not let it dry.

For old coffee stains, you have to soak the cloth in water after you rub it with the liquid detergent or soap. Every 5 minutes for 30 minutes, rub the stained part. If the stain is still visible, soak it for another 5 to 15 minutes in warm water before rinsing.


  • Try vinegar and powdered detergent


Is the stain still visible? Try mixing vinegar and powdered laundry detergent. Use the toothbrush to scrub the stain and rinse the cloth thoroughly. 


  • Wash, Inspect, and Dry 


After pre-treating the coffee stain, wash the stained clothes like you normally do. Is the coffee stain completely removed? If there’s still any hint remaining, repeat the treatment steps before you dry the clothing.

If the clothes are ready for drying, do not machine dry the clothes. Use air-dry. After air-drying, check the fabric again and make sure there are no hints of stains. If you can still see some visible stains, wash the cloth again with powdered detergent and let it air-dry.

Figuring out how to remove coffee stains from your favorite shirt can be nerve-wracking. But, you can literally lift it out by following these steps. You may repeat the process a couple of times to remove stain traces.

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