How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Everything
By Megan Dority — / Lifestyle
Have you ever spilled coffee on yourself, just standing there—doing absolutely nothing? You’re not alone. One shirt, two shirts, three shirts, floor. If you’re anything like me, this isn’t your first rodeo, and you may have a whole wardrobe in your car to change into. But for most people, that's probably not the case.
While a coffee spill may seem like the end of the world—all hope is not lost if you find yourself in this predicament. The good news is coffee stains are not permanent. Follow these easy steps for a DIY coffee stain remover—we’ve got the solutions for just about every coffee stain you can imagine. Spills happen, coffee helps.
Having your morning cup of strong coffee is a ritual—but that ritual can easily be ruined when drinking it over a pristine, white carpet in your living room. That morning fog can get the best of us before we’ve had our caffeinated fix, which makes us a little more clumsy than usual. Before you call in the professionals, you should attempt to remove the coffee stain yourself with a simple DIY home solution. Time is of the essence, but there’s still hope for saving your living room carpet.
- Blot up as much of the coffee as you can from the carpet. Blot the stain, moving from the outside to the middle of the stain.
- Mix 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 2 cups warm water.
- Sponge the stain with the mixture and a clean cloth until the stain disappears.
- Once you've covered the area, blot it with a dry towel until the stain is gone.
How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Your Clothes
Removing a coffee stain from your beloved wardrobe is a trial-and-error process. It seems to always strike when you’re wearing white—and you don’t have a backup outfit to change into. Whether the scene of the crime happened at home, on the way to work, walking the dog or in the office, acting quickly can make a big difference in how easily the stain comes out.
- Blot up excess coffee with a clean, dry cloth.
- Presoak the stain in a solution using 1/4 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the coffee-stained area with warm water.
How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Your Mug
If you’re like most coffee lovers, you have your favorite mug emblazoned with a Death Wish Coffee logo. You fill that mug each morning with the World’s Strongest Coffee and repeat that ritual daily. While these magical moments are usually preferred in complete solitude, there’s a chance someone (other than you) might notice the nasty coffee stains inside of your beloved mug. There’s an easy fix to spiff up your mug with a few ingredients you probably already have at home.
- Sprinkle a little baking soda onto the bottom of your stained mug.
- Add just enough water to form a paste.
- Scrub your mug with a microfiber cloth until clean.
- This should clear up in a matter of minutes from the abrasion of the baking soda.
How to Remove a Coffee Stain From the Wall
You must be really under-caffeinated if you’re spilling coffee on the wall—but hey, we’ve all been there. Mornings can be our archnemesis sometimes—or all the time—for some people. Don’t despair, there are ways to rid walls of stains—even on those freshly painted walls.
- Fill a bucket with warm water.
- Add 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap to make bubbles.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar to the mixture.
- Wet cloth in water and run gently on the stain using side-to-side movements.
- Wet and wring out the cloth to rinse out the cleaner.
- Once coffee stain is removed, wipe off the surface with a dry cloth and allow the wall to dry.
How to Remove Coffee Stains From Teeth
Your morning cup of coffee is essential to fueling your day. It’s the first thing we reach for in the morning, and we rarely go a day without it. Despite its many perks, it often leaves you with coffee stains on teeth. You’ll notice it the most on the teeth closest to where you’re sipping from your coffee mug—your front teeth. If you’re terrified of the dentist (aren’t we all?), we’ve got an easy DIY solution to get those pearly whites, white.
- Mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide.
- Brush teeth for at least 2 minutes.
- Mix a little of your toothpaste for some flavor.
How to remove a coffee stain from furniture
Don’t let a little coffee spill ruin your day—or your favorite piece of furniture. Coffee stains are relatively easy to remove, with one caveat: You must act quickly! So, before you pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee, you’ve got to prioritize the furniture first.
- Beat an egg yolk and work into the coffee stain with a terry-cloth towel for about a minute. Yes, this stain remover might surprise you, but we're not yolking around—people swear by it!
- Rinse thoroughly with water, and the stain should be completely gone.
Now you’re prepared to take on your next cup of coffee and any coffee spill that comes with it. If all else fails, go topless when sipping. You’ll never have to worry about a stained shirt again.
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