How to remove old coffee stains from clothes

Many articles of clothing have ended up in the bin or recycling bag as a result of a coffee stain. Coffee stains soak in fast and, if not attended to immediately, can be difficult to remove. If the garment has been washed and dried the stain sets further, but there's still hope for removing the stain. Use supplies from the home to remove old coffee stains.

Measure 5 ml (1 tsp) of white vinegar and pour into the container. Fill it with cold water.

Dip a sponge into the diluted vinegar and squeeze out the excess liquid. Blot the coffee stain. Rinse the sponge out and continue to dip it into the vinegar solution, then blot and wipe at the stain.

Sprinkle a little baking soda on the coffee stain if it's persistent. Dampen a clean towel and use the towel to rub the baking soda into the coffee stain.

Machine wash the article of clothing according to the directions on the care label.


The best way to treat a fresh coffee stain is by immediately blotting away the stain with a paper towel and following with a cold-water blot on the reverse side of the stain.


Hot coffee can burn the skin. If you spill coffee on yourself, check your skin before you attend to your clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 litre (1 quart) container
  • Sponge
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Baking soda
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.