How to remove Coke stains in clothes

Updated February 21, 2017

When Coke spills on clothes, the liquid seeps through the fabric, coating the material. Coke, like most dark-coloured soft drinks, contains a dye that turns the liquid into a brownish colour. Removing Coke stains successfully means attacking the spill as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading further on the clothing and to keep the stain from becoming permanent. Fight Coke stains with the proper techniques and products.

Wet a white paper towel with cool water. Blot the Coke stain with the paper towel until the stain stops lifting from the fabric.

Spray a pre-wash stain remover over the remaining stain. For thin fabric, turn the clothes inside out, and spray the underside of the Coke stain as well. Allow the stain remover to work on the spill for 30 minutes before washing.

Wash the clothes in cool water with 18 ml (1 tbsp) of liquid washing powder. For white clothes, add 60 ml (1/4 cup) of chlorine bleach to the water in the washer.

Inspect the stain before drying and repeat with the stain remover if the Coke spill remains on the clothes.

Place 160 ml (2/3 cup) of water in a bowl. Add 6 ml (1 tsp) of a pH neutral washing powder and 80 ml (1/3 cup) of white vinegar.

Soak one end of a clean cloth with the cleaning mixture. Gently blot the Coke stain with the cloth. As the stain transfers to the cloth, wet another area of the cloth with the cleaning solution and continue lifting the stain from the fabric.

Moisten a clean cloth and blot it onto the fabric after removing the Coke stain, rinsing the cleaning solution from the clothes. Place the clothes in the washer, and launder with 18 ml (1 tbsp) washing powder. Dry the clothes as instructed on the care label.


Look for pH neutral laundry detergents at home improvement stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Pre-wash stain remover
  • Liquid washing powder
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Bowl
  • pH neutral washing powder
  • White vinegar
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