Coffee Stains: The do’s and don’ts for best removal

Coffee is the way most of us start our day and how we take a break in our day. Coffee fuels most of us and keeps us working hard. But coffee STAINS. And a coffee stain isn’t a good look for anyone (or anything). So, if you find yourself with a coffee casualty, how should you deal with it? Here are some sure-fire ways to deal with your next spill.  

Cold Water

Yes, it seems basic, but if you catch the spill right away, run the affected area under some cold water until you see that the coffee is no longer there. This only works with a fresh spill! 

White Vinegar

Vinegar is a good disinfectant, but it can also be a great stain remover. Mixing vinegar with water and then scrubbing the stained area with a sponge or towel brings the stain to the surface and gets the stain out. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is known as the ultimate at home stain remover. It’s abrasive, and when mixed with some water can get stains to come to the surface fairly quickly. By blotting the stain with a damp towel, the baking soda will help ensure that the coffee doesn’t sink into the fibers. The mark may still show, but as soon as the clothing or even carpet gets properly cleaned it should come out.  


Yes, put some salt on it. Actually, you should put a lot of table salt on it. The more salt you put on the stain, the deeper it can actually sink into the fabric. Leave this salt pile on for a least one minute and then gently rub it away with a towel. The stain may still look to be there when you wipe away the salt, but what the salt will definitely do is stop the coffee stain from spreading.  

Baby Powder

Simply put some baby powder on top of the stain and let it sit there for 2-3 minutes. Then, you brush it off with a damp towel. What you should see is a stain that’s lifted and will be gone when you finally wash your clothing or carpet.  


Toothpaste can keep coffee breath from spreading but it can also help remove a coffee stain. Toothpaste has an exfoliating effect. Apply a bit onto a spare toothbrush and gently brush the stain and then rinse.  

There is no need to panic if you dribble your daily fix so long as you have some of these multipurpose items nearby!  

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