This is the best way to get rid of a coffee stain

Coffee stains are a part of life if you weren’t born with the balance of a gymnast. Since I drink coffee almost every day and have no sense of balance, the number of times I have spilled coffee on myself or on something in my immediate environment is counted by 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 run errands – I usually don’t have the option of throwing anything in the coffee machine. wash until the end. of my day. Not to mention, if stain removal were just a matter of laundry, none of us would need to know how to remove them.

According to Jolie Kerr, cleaning expert and advice columnist, “When a beverage stain occurs, whether it’s red wine, dark beer, coffee, colorful cocktails or fruit juice, you always want treat the stain as you go.” And that’s where the first line of defense is: quick action.

How to remove coffee stains

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

  1. Dab your stain with cold water and a damp towel. If the spill just happened, that might be enough to tide you over until you can wash your clothes.
  2. Alternatively, sprinkle baking soda, salt, baby powder, or liquid dish soap on the area and let it soak in.
  3. Rub it gently with cold water or vinegar and a towel or cloth, then wash it off as soon as possible.

I have, through trial and error, arrived at what works best for me. For coffee stains, I find the best thing to do – this is also recommended by Kerr – is to rinse the stain under cold running water first, as the heat will set the stain into the fabric. I wash off as much of the stain as I can, then lather up with liquid dish detergent. I rinse with white vinegar and water, and usually by this point the stain is gone. According to the University of Illinois, which has an entire section of its website dedicated to stain removal (not sure why, but we could probably use it all), you can also soak your stained items for 15 minutes in a mixture of dish detergent, white vinegar and water, but I find applying my cleaning “ingredients” one at a time to be more effective.

If you have a more serious coffee spill on your hands, your job is not done. Use a sponge to apply rubbing alcohol to the stain, working from the center outward. Next, soak the stain in at least a quart of water with a tablespoon of enzymatic cleaner, then wash as you normally would.

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