How To Remove Coffee Stains

How To Remove Coffee Stains

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Fashion is a part of coffee culture in one way or the other, but that delicious cup of coffee doesn’t look so appealing anymore now that it’s all over your clothes.

There are lots of great coffee blogs out there, but it can be hard to find information about treating coffee stains.  Here are some useful things to know.

Treat Coffee Stains on Synthetic and Cotton Fabrics with a Similar Technique

Synthetic fabrics are generally more durable, but not always as resilient. They may also become permanently discolored and lose shape or structure when not treated in time. Here’s what to do:

  1. Blot the coffee from synthetic fabric as you would from cotton.

  2. Immerse the fabric in one quart of warm water, ½ teaspoon dish detergent, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

  3. Allow to soak for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

  4. Dab the fabric using a damp sponge with rubbing alcohol.

  5. Remove the leftover coffee.

  6. Wash the fabric as normal.

Coffee is a bit easier to remove from cotton rather than synthetic fabric. Cotton is denser and tends to dry slower. Tough stains will take some extra work. Here’s how to treat tough stains:

  1. Pour liquid fabric detergent or stain treatment and saturate the affected stain area.

  2. Wash the clothing with your regular load of laundry as soon as possible.

  3. Repeat the process until the fabric is clean.

Give Greater Attention to Dry Coffee Stains

Coffee stains

It’s not impossible to save your clothing from permanent stains after any coffee spilled on you has dried. Follow the following treatment steps:

  1. Directly apply non-bleaching, regular liquid laundry detergent or non-bleaching fabric stain treatment onto the affected area. Liquid dish soap will also help when used in place of fabric detergent or stain treatment if nothing more specifically formulated is available to use.

  2. Fully penetrate the fabric with liquid laundry detergent, stain treatment or liquid dish soap.

  3. Rub gently before allowing it to sit for a few hours or overnight. Alternatively, soak the clothing in cold water after treating the area. This is a faster but less effective way of removing dry coffee from fabric.

  4. Keep the fabric wet then wash it in cold water.

  5. Repeat until clean.

Try Using Coffee Stain Hacks

Usual coffee stains are relatively easy to treat but for worst-case scenarios, it takes a bit more work. Here are some other ideas when simple or repeated processes don’t work:

  1. Sprinkle salt over the stain to keep it from spreading. Rub salt onto the fabric with a dry cloth.

  2. The same thing may be done using baking soda by rubbing it into the fabric with a damp cloth.

  3. White vinegar may also be dropped directly onto the stain and blotted with dry paper towels.

  4. Baby powder will prevent coffee stains from spreading. Generously dust the affected area and allow the powder to sit for several minutes before brushing it off with a dry cloth.

Basic DIY Stain Solution Recipe:

  1. Use 1 part lemon juice and  2 parts cool water.

  2. Alternatively, use 2 parts vinegar and 2 parts cool water.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon of soap to each cup of water.

Regularly Treat Mug Stains

coffee mug stain

Coffee mugs and containers get dingy after habitual use. They may also hold stains anytime when used with dark or especially strong brews.

There are several easy ways to get your drinkware sparkling clean again. You will need a microfiber cloth and either baking soda or lemon.

Here’s the baking soda process:

  1. Place 2 tablespoons of baking soda on stained fabric or in stained containers.

  2. Use soda with enough water to make a paste.

  3. Rub the paste around with a cloth.

  4. Rinse and repeat until the surface is clean.

For use with lemon:

  1. Rub ¼ lemon on the stain.

  2. Let it sit for 15 minutes.

  3. Rub off with the cloth.

Use DIY Solutions for Stains on Teeth

toothbrushes coffee stained teeth

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective solution for yellowed teeth as a result of regular coffee drinking as this produces oxygen and replenishes a naturally white appearance.

Basic Application:

  1. Use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on a toothbrush.

  2. Dip the brush into baking soda.

  3. Use gentle scrubbing action with the toothbrush.

As an Intensive Treatment:

  1. Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste.

  2. Let the paste sit on your teeth for a longer duration. Fifteen to 20 minutes should do the trick.

  3. Remove the treatment by brushing it off with a toothbrush.

  4. Repeat daily for up to 3 weeks to see results.


It’s impossible to avoid coffee stains completely if you happen to be a coffee drinker. Having a DIY stain solution on hand will help to minimize stains if you treat them in time.


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