Without fail, I sneeze whenever I have a full cup of fresh, hot coffee in my hands, and then ceremoniously spill it all over myself. Dammit- well, never fear, there are easy ways to get coffee stains out of clothing without too much hassle, and I have yet to lose even a white shirt to a coffee stain, even though I spill coffee on myself daily.
If it’s a white shirt that has a huge coffee stain on it, pour lemon juice on the stain and set the shirt outside in the sun so it can dry. Lemon is a natural bleach on stains (without affecting your clothing), and is even more so effective on stains when it has sunlight to help bleach it even further. After the lemon juice has dried, run the stain under cool water. If the stain persists, rub baking soda into the stain to break it down and lift it out even more. If that fails to work (which it shouldn’t) pour vinegar on the stain. The vinegar will break down what’s left of the stain on your white shirt and lift the stubborn stain right out. Allow the shirt to air dry to make sure the stain is gone, because once it hits the dryer, the coffee stain may be forever set.
For colored clothing and jeans, I simply spray vinegar mixed with water (equal parts) onto the stain and then blot the stain out with a paper towel or a rag. After a couple sprays the stain is just plain gone, if not, I rub in a bit of baking soda and then wash in cool water. Voila- stain’s out!
White shirts take a deeper process, but I have yet to have a coffee stain just sit there and not come out when I use these techniques. Sometimes I have to repeat the process a few times on white shirts, but it sure beats getting out the bleach and removing the stain that way. With a little persistence, you can get coffee stains out of all clothing right away, whatever you’re wearing. These methods are natural, so don’t harm even delicate fabrics.