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Remove Coffee Stains from Clothing


Remove Coffee Stains from Clothing

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If you've ever dealt with a coffee stain, you know how infuriating that light brown stain can be to remove. To truly remove old coffee stains, you'll have to soak the clothing. But for fresh stains, a little cold water just might do the trick.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5-35 minutes

Here's How:

  1. For fresh coffee stains, first try cold water.

    Run cold water through the back of the stain. For a very fresh stain, this might be all that is needed. It is important to go through the back of the stain. You want the water mixed with coffee residue to have to travel through the least amount of fabric possible, so going out the way it came in is your best bet. If the stain isn't fully removed, or your stain is old, you'll need to move on to the second step.

  2. Rub liquid laundry detergent and a little cold water into the coffee stain.

    For fresh stains you should allow this to sit for 3-5 minutes. For old coffee stains, however, you'll need to soak the clothing in water after you've rubbed the liquid detergent in. Every 5 minutes, gently rub the stained fabric with your thumb and fingers to loosen the stain. After 30 minutes of soaking in cold water, check the stained area. If the stain remains, try soaking for 5-15 minutes in warm water before rinsing thoroughly.

  3. Try a stain stick.

    Apply a stain stick or gel to the coffee stain and let it stand for 5 minutes. Wash normally.


  1. Be sure to check that the coffee stain is completely removed before putting your clothing in the dryer. If any hint remains, repeat the steps before drying.

What You Need

  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stain remover stick or gel
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