Coffee stains can be tough to get out, especially if they’ve been there a while. But did you know harsh chemicals aren’t the only way to get them out? As a lover of nature and health, I have experimented with eco-friendly ways to do just about everything, including stain removal. Coffee stains can actually be removed naturally. In fact, in my experience, many natural methods have been more effective than chemicals.
Green Ways to Get Coffee Stains Out of Clothing
Got coffee stains on your favorite shirt? Don’t worry just yet. The first step is a cold water rinse. Don’t rub the stain at all. Simply run it under the water. This may actually push the stain through the fabric and out. If you need something stronger than water, your next step will be a vinegar rinse. Fill the sink with a half and half solution of vinegar and water. Just like with the water, do not rub the stain. Swish the fabric back and forth in the sink. Do this for several minutes.
Examine the area where the stain was. If there is still some residue, add some eco-friendly dish soap to the routine. Squirt a dot of dish soap onto the stain. Take a dry cloth and put it under the stain. Take another dry cloth and dab the stain. It may push through onto the other cloth. This is the goal. Now use your vinegar rinse again and the stain should be gone. If your coffee stain has been on for a longer period of time, you may also need to try baking soda. Just dab a small amount onto the stain with a dry cloth underneath. Rub very lightly. Use the vinegar rinse once again.
Eco-Friendly Solutions to Counter & Surface Coffee Stains
Surface coffee stains can be some of the toughest if the surface is porous. To get these out, your first method is very simple. Fill a spray bottle with a half and half solution of vinegar and water. This will be safe for most any countertop or other kitchen surface. To be sure, you can always test an inconspicuous area by spraying on a small amount of vinegar and water.
Wait a few minutes and rub the surface with a cloth. If you see no damage, chances are, it’s fine. To remove a coffee stain from countertops, stove tops, or floors, the procedure is the same. Spray your vinegar and water solution on the stained area. Let it sit for a few minutes. If the stain is heavy, sprinkle a little baking soda on top and watch it bubble. The action can help pull up the stain. Now take a cloth and dab away the solution, along with the stain. Spray your vinegar and water solution again and do a final wipe. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Remove Coffee From Carpets & Furniture Naturally
Removing coffee stains from carpets and furniture naturally is not as tough as it sounds. Remember the vinegar and water spray from your countertop solution? You’ll need that again. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the coffee stain. This works for both carpets and upholstered furniture. Now spray on the vinegar. It will bubble and bring the stain up. Take a dry cloth and dab away the stain. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.