This is the best way to get rid of coffee stain

Coffee spots are a fact of life if you were not born with the balance of a gymnast. Since I drink coffee nearly every day and have no sense of balance to speak of, the number of times I’ve spilled coffee on myself, or something in my immediate environment, is in the thousands, if not more.

And since these coffee stains usually happen to me in the wild—on the train, in the middle of a restaurant meal, or on the way to running errands—I usually don’t have the option of tossing something in the washer until the end of my day. Not to mention that if removing stains was just a wash, none of us would need a hack on how to remove them.

According to Jolie Kerr, cleaning expert and advice columnist: “When a drink stain occurs, whether it’s red wine, dark beer, coffee, colored cocktails, or fruit juice, you always want to deal with the stain as it happens.” And it’s true there’s the first line of defense: immediate action.

How to remove coffee stains

There are many ideas for what you should do immediately after pouring your coffee, but in general, here’s what you should do.

  1. Wipe the stain with cold water and a damp towel. If the spill just happened, this may be enough to prompt you to be able to wash your clothes.
  2. Otherwise, sprinkle baking soda, salt, baby powder, or dishwashing liquid on the area and let it seep.
  3. Gently scrub with cold water or vinegar and a washcloth or cloth, then wash as soon as possible.

I’ve found, through trial and error, what works best for me. For coffee stains, I find the best thing to do – as recommended by Kerr – is to wash the stain first with cold running water, as the heat will set the stain on the fabric. I scrub off as much of the stain as possible, then lather with liquid dish detergent. I rinse with white vinegar and water, and usually, at this point, the stain is gone. According to the University of Illinois, which has an entire section of its website devoted to stain removal (I don’t know why, but we could probably use all of that), you can also soak stained items for 15 minutes in a mixture of dish detergent, white vinegar, and water, but I find Use the cleaning “ingredients” one by one to be most effective.

If a more serious coffee spill happens to your hands, your job isn’t finished. Use a sponge to apply rubbing alcohol to the stain, working from the center out. Next, soak the stain in at least 1 quart of water with 1 tablespoon of enzyme cleaner, then wash as usual.

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