Coffee Stain Removal Guide for Clothes

May 02, 2023 • Jamie Dorman

It happens to the best of us. You’re minding your own business, drinking a much-needed cup of morning joe when… oops! Somehow, suddenly, it’s all over you. Before you know it, your morning seems ruined. You’ll have to go change and cross your fingers that your clothes aren’t permanently stained. Oh–and get to work on time.

Take a deep breath—it’s going to be okay! With our tried-and-true coffee stain removal hack, your clothes (and your day) will be saved in just a few easy steps.

Blot it out

Time is your friend at this step. As soon as possible (preferably while the coffee stain is still wet), use a paper towel, cloth, or towel to blot the stain. Continue blotting until it’s mostly dry.

If the stain is already dry, that’s okay. You can still try to blot it, but this step may be mostly ineffective. Rather than spending a lot of time on this, we recommend skipping ahead to step two.

Rinse with warm water

Once you’ve blotted out all of the coffee that you can, rinse it with warm water, but don’t soak it in a sink or basin, which can spread the coffee stain. Instead, use running water, like a faucet, to rinse the garment.

Also, you’re going to want to rinse the stain from the back. This means turning it inside out or holding it in a way that the water runs from the back of the garment through to the front.

Make a stain-fighting mixture

Here’s where we really get to work. This stain-fighting mixture combines a perfect recipe of tough stain-fighters to take on even the nastiest stain. Here’s what to do:

Mix water and white vinegar

In a glass or a small bowl, mix equal parts warm water and white vinegar. The actual measurements of each don’t really matter as long as you use equal amounts. Mix these together.

Add Sheets Detergent

Grab one of our best laundry detergent sheets and cut about ¼ of a sheet off the end. Take this piece and add it to the mixture. Again, give it a little mix before moving on to the next step.

Add Sheets Booster Plus Stain Fighter

Using scissors, cut a corner off a Sheets Booster Plus Stain Fighter, our super-tough stain remover for clothes. Squeeze about 1/8 of its contents into the water, vinegar, and laundry detergent mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly until combined.

Scrub that stain

Now it’s time to get scrubbing! Grab a toothbrush and scrub the mixture onto the stain. Be sure to cover all areas of the stain, especially the edges, with the mixture. This step might take a few minutes, but most likely, your patience will be rewarded. Once you see that the stain has lifted, you can stop scrubbing.

Rinse it out

Finally, give that formerly stained garment one more good rinse. Be sure to employ the same technique as before, using warm, running water to rinse the stained area from the back. Continue to rinse until the water runs clear and there is no mixture left on the item.


Spilling coffee on your clothing can seem like a total outfit—and day–ruiner. Armed with this trusty guide about how to remove coffee stains, worrying about coffee stains on your clothes is a thing of the past. Sheets Laundry Club has your back… and your front… and anywhere else spills happen. Shop today to stock up on your emergency spill essentials!

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