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How to Remove Coffee Stains From Clothing

The Spruce / Grace Kim

If you’ve ever dealt with a coffee stain, you know how difficult that light brown color can be to remove, and that’s because it’s a tannin. To truly remove old coffee stains (and many food stains), you’ll have to soak the clothing. However, for fresh spills, a stream of cold water might immediately do the trick. You can also use several common household items—baking soda, salt, bar soap, and even baby powder or toothpaste—to help remove or manage the problem until you can give the item a proper washing.

Removing a coffee stain is a trial-and-error process. Start with the simplest solution (flushing with cold water), and if that doesn’t work, move on to the next method. Acting quickly can make a big difference in how easily the stain comes out. Wet coffee comes out much more readily than dried coffee stains. But if you’re at work or in a restaurant and can’t exactly strip off your shirt and flush it immediately under a faucet, you can exercise some damage control by applying salt to soak up the coffee or blotting the stain with a napkin and plain or fizzy water. Try these methods if the discoloration won’t lift out.

Coffee stains can do a real number on your wardrobe, but these simple stain removal tips will help you to get rid of fresh and dried coffee stains.

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