If you are a coffee lover, you must have some shirts stained with coffee stains right? I wonder if there is anyone who doesn’t want to have a cup of coffee after tiresome feelings or for energetic mood. If you ever faced light brown coffee stains on your white shirt, you must know it is hard to remove coffee stains from white shirt. Treating old coffee stains especially a serious headache. Here are some effective ways for how to remove coffee stains from white shirt, cotton shirts, and other fabrics.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from White Shirt

How to Remove Coffee Stains from White Shirt

You will need following things for the stain removal process.

  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Egg yolk
  • Liquid Detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton Cloth or Paper Towels
  • Sponge or terry Cloth
  • Pretreatment laundry stain remover

1.How to Remove Coffee Stains from White Shirt- Fresh Stain Removal

  1. First of all wet a piece of cotton cloth or some paper towels using cold water. Mark the stain with a wet cloth or paper towels to remove maximum stain you can. Remember to blot the stain only, if you rub the stain it may spread on the white shirt.
  2. Cold water is ideal for fresh stain because heat may set the coffee stain into the fabric.
  3. Run your white shirt under cold water from the back. When you wash the stain from the opposite side with cold water it pushes the coffee stain of the shirt rather than pressing it further in. Squeeze out excess water from the shirt.
  4. Treat the shirt with dishwashing liquid. It will pick up a part of the stain and mix it with a soapy residue which is simple to remove.
  5. You can also use diluted shampoo instead but it must not contain any color, conditioner or fragrance.
  6. Use white vinegar to rinse away the soap. The coffee stain is partially acidic that’s why it is more effective than pure water.
  7. Repeat the vinegar and dishwashing liquid treatments. If you are dealing with stubborn coffee stains, you can apply the dishwashing liquid and vinegar up to seven times to remove them. If you don’t feel any change after three or four treatments, move to the next step.

Commerical Product Cleaning

  1. Use a pretreatment laundry stain remover. If the vinegar and dishwashing liquid formula doesn’t work, you can use a commercial product. You can directly rub the coffee stain with bar soap stain removers. Now leave for a minute or so. You may use liquid stain removers but they work effectively only when clothes are soaked in water a decent time period.
  2. In case liquid commercial laundry stain remover is missing, apply a little amount of liquid detergent to the coffee stain. Use your fingers to rub the detergent on the coffee stain. Let it sit for 15 minutes on the shirt for best results.
  3. You can also buy stain remover products specially made for coffee stains but they can be expensive.
  4. Rinse your white shirt thoroughly and then wash it. Always use cold water for rinsing and washing because hot water can set the stain. Don’t forget to rinse out the stain remove thoroughly if you are using bleach in a laundry. These two products may react with dye clothes.
  5. Give the shirt proper time to dry before pressing and using. A wet white shirt may get yellowish stains while pressing.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from White Shirt- Few Other Effective Ways

Removing Coffee Stain with Lemon Juice

Removing Coffee Stain with Lemon Juice

Try lemon juice by swabbing a small amount of the collar inside. Carefully check the shirt for yellow stains and the start treating the coffee stain with more lemon juice. Let the juice sit and then rinse off. Rinse the coffee stain first as if coffee contained an extra amount of sugar, it can react with acid to add another new, brownish yellow stain which can be tough to remove from the fabric.

Removing Coffee Stain with Hydrogen peroxide and Color Safe Bleach

You can easily avail hydrogen peroxide from a nearby pharmacy or color bleach from the household supplier. First of all, test the colored fabric by swabbing a small amount onto the collar inside. Make sure that the color is not affected before proceeding. Rub the coffee stain and let it sit for thirty seconds before washing off. If the stain doesn’t disappear, apply hydrogen peroxide without rubbing and wait for thirty seconds, then wash. Repeat the process if needed.

  1. For a set coffee stain, mix the hydrogen peroxide with liquid soap or dishwashing liquid before applying.
  2. Color safe bleach normally includes hydrogen peroxide.
  3. You can also use regular bleach for a white shirt.

Removing Coffee Stain with Baking Soda

Apply the little amount of baking soda on the wet piece of fabric. Use another neat cloth to remove the coffee stain.

Removing Coffee Stain with Rubbing Alcohol

Apply some amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain. Use a neat and wet cloth to blot the stain and rinse off.

Removing Coffee Stain with Egg Yolk

Eliminate egg yolk from egg white and beat it. Now add a little warm water to it. Use mixture to rub the coffee stain with a terry cloth or sponge. Wash the cloth.

Leave the Stained shirt in the Sun

Leave the Stained shirt in the Sun

Soak the coffee stained shirt with water. Now lay the shirt over the towel in direct sunlight. Several stains will vanish after two or three days. It will also make the fabric appear more vivid too.

Additional Tips

Use a toothbrush to effectively scrub the old or stubborn stains as compared to the towel.

The best way to remove a coffee stain from the white shirt is when it is fresh. A set or dried coffee stain takes serious efforts to remove.


If the coffee stain is still present, don’t dry the shirt in the dryer or iron it. Because it can lock in the stain and can make it even permanent.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Synthetic Fabrics

Synthetic fabrics are durable as compared to furs, leathers, and silks. Here are simple ways to remove coffee stains from a synthetic fabric such as modacrylic, acrylic, olefin, spandex, polyester, and nylon.

  • Remove the extra coffee using clean, dry cloth.
  • Make a solution of 1-quart warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent and presoak the stain for 15 minutes.
  • Use warm water to wash the stained area.
  • Use rubbing alcohol and sponge to remove any remaining stain.
  • Wash the fabric normally
  • Repeat the process if the coffee stains are not removed from the fabric. Many stains (if they are not old) will come out after one or two attempts.
  • Never dry the synthetic fabric in the dryer before completely removing the stain.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Cotton

Here are some easy and effective ways to remove coffee stains from cotton or linen. Look at the first method.

  • Use a dry and clean cloth to blot up the excess coffee.
  • Pretreat the coffee stain using a commercial stain remover.
  • Wash immediately.

If you don’t have any commercial stain remover, here is a homemade remedy for removing coffee stains.

  • Use a clean cloth to blot up the excess coffee.
  • Make a solution of 1-quart warm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent and presoak the coffee stain.
  • Use warm water to wash the stained area.
  • Use rubbing alcohol and a sponge to blot up remaining coffee stain.
  • Wash the fabric again using warm water.
  • Let the fabric dry completely.
  • Wash normally.

Here is a third technique for removing coffee stains.

  • Take a rubber band and stretch the stained fabric on a bowl.
  • Pour 200F water on the stained area using temperature-display kettle.