Cleaning & Organizing
Coffee Stains? 7 Easy Ways to Get Rid of ‘Em
You don’t need store-bought cleaners to banish the post-spill mess. These coffee-stain removal tricks will get the marks out of your carpet, clothes, cups and more with stuff you have in your pantry.
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Spill coffee or tea on yourself while you’re out? Pour club soda liberally on the stain and blot, continuing until the stain has completely lifted. This method is also great for when you spill coffee on your carpet or tablecloth.
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Getting that coffee stain out your carpet may seem impossible, but you can literally lift it out by pouring a bit of beer right on top. Rub the beer lightly into the material, and the stain should disappear. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times to remove all traces of the stain.
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You can lift out many water-soluble stains—including beer, fruit juices, black coffee or tea—from your cotton-blend clothing or tablecloth by patting the spot with a towel moistened with undiluted white vinegar just before placing the item in the wash. For large stains, you may want to soak the garment overnight in a solution of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part cold water before washing.
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Use a baby wipe to blot up coffee spills from your carpet; it absorbs both the liquid and the stain. Wipes can also be effectively deployed when attacking various spills and drips on your clothing and upholstered furniture.
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Remove coffee stains on your good china by dipping a moist cloth in baking soda to form a stiff paste, then gently rubbing the cups or saucers. Rinse clean and dry.
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This stain remover might surprise you, but many people swear by it. Beat an egg yolk and work into the coffee stain with a terry-cloth towel for about a minute. Rinse thoroughly with water, and the stain should be completely gone.
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You can easily scrub away unattractive rings on tea cups or coffee pots by sprinkling salt onto a sponge and rubbing in little circles across the stain. If it doesn’t come out immediately, mix white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with the sponge.
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