Every true coffee lover knows how much it means to have a morning (or daily) routine which includes enjoying the aromas of a cup full of your favorite beans! If you can recognize yourself in the above sentence, I'm pretty sure that waking up and getting ready for all the daily tasks and challenges in front of you also includes taking at least a sip of your favorite drink before you are even able to face the world.
And we all know the scenario - just when you put a pair of your favorite jeans on, the ones that make you look and feel good, you accidentally spill your bitter cup of joy on your clothes. I'm pretty sure that all of us coffee addicts out there have started or ended our day at least a few times while facing this problem.
Even though you may be extremely careful with your coffee, there's always a possibility a few drips will wind up on your clothes every now and then. The question you may be asking yourself is should you be worried about your favorite pair of jeans when it happens and does coffee actually stain jeans? The answer to the question is - yes, coffee does stain jeans.
Before you decide to declare and change your relationship status with caffeine to complicated, make sure to read the rest of the article and learn more about ways to remove coffee stains from your jeans.
Start with the simplest solution
Like with most things in life, there's always a great chance that the simplest solution will work best. You have to remember that coffee stains usually mean that there will be a sort of trial-error process going on until you find the best way to get rid of the stain, so if the first solution doesn't work, just move on to the next one.
The simplest and most obvious option is to run cold water through the backside of the fabric. There is a big chance you'll be able to remove the stain if the accident just happened moments ago and the stain is still wet. In case you're at a restaurant or work, you probably won't be able to strip off your jeans to flush it under cold water, so you can also try to put fizzy water on a napkin and apply it on the stain.
Another solution to make the damage smaller is to sprinkle table salt all over the stain on your jeans. It will probably not remove it entirely, but it will soak up at least a part of it and will prevent it from spreading before you have the opportunity to take better care of it at home.
Rub liquid laundry detergent into the coffee stain
Rub liquid detergent with a little water into the coffee stain and leave it like that for three to five minutes.
In case the coffee stain is old, you should soak the jeans into the water after you rubbed the detergent into the stain, You should rub the stain with your fingers approx. every five minutes to loosen it and repeat the process multiple times for at least 30 minutes. If you notice that the stain is still there and is stubbornly looking at you, try to soak your jeans in warm water for at least 15 minutes before rinsing them thoroughly.
There are plenty of household products to lift unwanted stains from your clothes and using vinegar is one of the old hacks you should definitely try out. You probably won't have vinegar by your side all the time, but in case you finally have the chance to take care of the stain at home, you should try this method. Another reason why it's important to choose it only as an option if you're at home is that once you get home, you won't need to wear your jeans during the day anymore, so you will avoid smelling the substance for the rest of the day.
Soak the stain in 1/3 cup of white vinegar mixed with 2/3 cup of water. You can also add a bit of liquid laundry detergent to the mixture to make it more effective. Let it dry and launder your jeans as usual afterward.
Apply a baking soda paste
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a great and inexpensive product that will help you to get rid of stubborn coffee stains. Making a baking soda paste requires only baking soda and water. Mix a two to one ratio of baking soda with warm water to make the paste (if you use one cup of baking soda, you'll only need 1/2 cup of water). Apply the paste on the stain on your jeans and let it dry before laundering.
Baking soda is great for stain pretreatment, but you should make sure to check for colorfastness first before using it.
Use a stain remover
You can buy a stain remover in the laundry section of most groceries and supermarkets. Follow the instructions on the package to get the best results. Stain removers usually work pretty well on old, dry stains as well. Read all of the instructions properly so you could be sure that the color or fabric of your jeans won't be ruined.
There are plenty of different products to choose from and you can even buy stain removers specially made for coffee stains, which are usually more expensive. It's a pretty good investment for all of the coffee lovers for whom spilling coffee into their lap is not a one-time occurrence.
Another great option for all of us clumsy coffee drinkers is to buy a "to-go pen" stain remover which can be easily carried in any bag. In this way, you'll be able to save the day when you're on the go and won't have to worry about having to skip your beloved coffee ritual just because you have an important meeting in front of you and you don't want to worry about coffee stains on your clothes.