Two Fail-Proof Stain Removal Tricks Every Coffee Drinker Should Know

Including a one-ingredient coffee stain removal hack.

The next time you accidentally spill coffee on your white blouse, don't panic. Here are two foolproof coffee stain removal methods to try. Once the stain is fully removed, launder the blouse (or scarf, or dress) as you normally would, according to the care label. Your clothing will look good as new, and you can continue guzzling your morning caffeine without fear of destroying your clothes.

Coffee Stain Removal 101

What You'll Need:

  • Club soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean white cloth
  • Shatterproof bowl
  • Tea kettle

What to Do:

1. Try the club soda hack: Fill a spray bottle with club soda, and spritz it on the stain. Blot with the cloth, starting from the outside of the stain and working your way in. Rinse the stain with water to check if the coffee stain is fully removed. If not, move on to the method below. If the stain is gone, launder the garment.

2. Try the boiling water method: Center the stain over a shatter-proof bowl or pot that can handle boiling water. Boil a kettle of water, then very slowly pour the water over the stain from about one foot above, starting from the outer edge of the stain and working your way in. Carefully remove the fabric (it will be hot!) and gently wring it out. Rinse the stain with water, and if it is fully removed, launder the garment.

Pro tip: Make sure the stain is fully removed before you put the garment in the clothes dryer, or else the heat could end up setting the stain into the fibers.

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