If you drink coffee, you understand the coffee stain struggle. Our beloved beverage loves to slip, jump, and glide out of its holder and onto anything that really shows off its color. Thankfully, coffee stains are temporary and easily removed with common pantry ingredients and water. Keep reading to learn how to lift coffee stains from your clothes, teeth, carpets, and walls.
Getting coffee stains out of clothes
Coffee has an undeniable attraction to white clothing and when the inevitable spill occurs, the best thing you can do to lift the stain is to act quickly!
If you are out and about when the spill occurs first blot the stain to remove excess coffee and then use salt, baking soda, hand soap, or toothpaste to manage the stain. If using salt or baking soda, moisten a clean cloth or paper towel and then sprinkle the moist cloth with the salt or baking soda. Next, dab the salty / baking soda cloth on the stain until the stain lifts. If you are using toothpaste or hand soap, wet a toothbrush or Q-tip with warm water, apply the white toothpaste (colored toothpaste may stain your clothes) or soap to your brush / Q-tip, and gently work the substance into the stain, allowing it to sit for a few minutes undisturbed. When the stain is gone, rinse your clothing with tepid water.
If you are at home when the coffee spills, blot the stain immediately and then rinse the stain with cold water. Allow the stain to soak in the water while you prepare the super stain-lifting mix of one tablespoon powdered or liquid laundry detergent and one teaspoon of white vinegar. Once the mix is ready, remove your garment from its soaking bath, wring out the excess water, and apply the stain-lifting mix directly to the stain. Let the mix settle for five to fifteen minutes, depending on the severity of the stain. For best results do not rub the mixture into the stain (rubbing the mixture will help the stain set). If the stain proves particularly tricky to remove, dampen a clean cloth with a few drops of white vinegar (do not apply it directly to the garment) and dab the stain with the vinegar cloth. Once the stain is lifted, wash the garment and let it air dry. Machine drying the garment can set any remaining stain into the garment.
If the stain is old and dry it’s time to soak! A long luxurious soak in a warm water bath of one tablespoon laundry detergent and a few drops of white vinegar should do the trick. If the stain is not fully lifted after ten minutes, restart the soaking process with fresh water and new detergent and vinegar. Once the stain is lifted, wash the garment and let it air dry.
Getting coffee stains off your teeth
Coffee yellows teeth, that is the bad news. The good news is that baking soda is here to help! Combine a few drops of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of baking soda, and stir the two together until they form a paste. Using a toothbrush, your finger, or a Q-tip, apply the paste directly to your teeth and let the mixture sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Once set, rinse the mixture off your teeth and then brush your teeth using our normal toothpaste. This whitening paste requires consistent application to achieve results. Results should be visible after three weeks of applying the paste three to four times per week.
To prevent further coffee teeth stains, chase your coffee with a glass of water (the water will wash away lingering coffee particles that stain). If that sounds like too much liquid, consider sipping your coffee through a straw.
Getting coffee stains out of carpets, off walls, etc.
To remove coffee stains from carpets combine one tablespoon of liquid dish soap (we do not recommend using any powdered soap on a carpet) with one teaspoon of white vinegar and one cup of warm water. Using a clean, dry sponge or cloth, dab the mixture onto the stain repeatedly until the stain lifts. Once lifted, use a clean, dry cloth to sponge up excess water on the carpet.
To remove coffee stains from walls use either the same mixture used to clean carpets or a mixture consisting of one tablespoon baking soda and one-half cup warm water combined to create a viscous paste. Apply the mixture to the wall, let it dry, and then wash the mixture away with a clean, damp cloth.
To remove coffee stains from cups, mugs, and carafes, coat the stained area with baking soda and then drizzle just enough warm water onto the baking soda so that it bubbles and creates a thick paste. Let the mixture bubble and set for a few minutes before scrubbing off the stain off with a clean sponge. Repeat the process if needed.