One of the most annoying things that can happen is when your favorite coffee drink spills from the cup and leaves a visible stain on your shirt. You think you’re starting the day right as you have your daily dose of caffeine, but things just go seemingly wrong when this unfortunate accident takes place.
You can change your shirt and put on a new one if you are in a hurry, and try to remove the stain later on. However, if you are already on your way to school, or in a conference hall to meet with your boss, then you should be able to do some wise hacks to clean up the mess right there and then.
The Good news is that through decades of experience, people have learned to remove coffee stains using various methods and widely available ingredients. To learn these methods is an absolute hack that should be discovered by coffee aficionados who just want to do away with unnecessary stains and rough days.
Keep in mind that with like most other stains, the sooner you deal with it, the higher the chance you can remove stains.
1. Salt does the trick.
If you are in a restaurant, or a lunch meeting, or just anywhere you can get a hold of some table salt, sprinkle it all over the coffee stain in generous quantities so it seeps down into the fabric. Allow it to do its magic for a minute or two, and then use a paper towel or your hanky to rub it away. This will reduce the visibility of the stain and prevent it from expanding over a greater space of your valuable shirt.
2. White Vinegar is a smelly yet effective cleaning agent.
Beware of the smell, but this cleaning agent is an effective add-on to your washing cycle to remove stains. Pat the stain spots using a towel or hanky moistened with white vinegar prior to washing. For larger stains, soak the stained garment overnight with 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water solution before washing.
3. Club Soda
4. Baking Soda is an all-around cleanser.
If you are at home or in a place where there is baking soda, then consider your worries over. That stain will not stay permanently. Wet your stained shirt using a cold, damp towel or hanky and then sprinkle baking soda all over the stain area. Let it seep, and blot using a dry cloth. Although it won’t totally remove the stain from your shirt it will soften the stain, making sure it will be easier to wash away once you get home.
5. Baby Powder is for adults as well, after all.
6. Stain pens are made for stains.
For coffee spill-prone people, keeping stain pens in their car, home, office, or hand bag may be the smartest way to avoid unwanted spill marks on their dearly beloved clothes, especially on the days that you need to look perfect. By simply following the instructions that come with the pen, you will usually get rid of stains with less trouble.
7. Baby Wipes
You can easily use baby wipes to blot up the coffee spills on your garment. It absorbs the liquid or the stain. This is best done if the coffee stain is fresh and still damp.
8. Egg Yolk
This is a surprise, but a number of people swear that egg yolk can remove coffee stains. Start by beating the egg yolk and rub it in the stained area with terry cloth or a sponge for around 1 minute. Wash away with water and stains should disappear.
9. Run your shirt under cold water through the back
Running water from the opposite side of the stain will help push coffee stains off your shirt, rather of pressing the stain further in.
10. Rubbing Alcohol
Pour some rubbing alcohol onto the stains and blot using a damp cloth.