Tea and Coffee Stain Removal from Clothing

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How can I remove a tea or coffee stain from my clothes?

Tea and Coffee Stain Removal from Clothing

For a fresh tea or coffee stain, immediately pour boiling water over the stain until it disappears. Or, soak the stain with borax and water, then wash as usual. On old stains, make a paste of borax and water, leave on for 15 minutes, then wash as usual.

   

Comments

4/18/2007 3:17:22 PM
Bronwyn said:

Does this work even if the garment has been drycleaned first(which did not get stain out)


7/30/2007 2:28:40 AM
grace said:

fantastic! Its so easy and effective. Thanks


7/30/2007 5:38:06 AM
Amanda said:

That is a very good way. But if you just put spray and wash wrk's to


7/30/2007 6:46:58 AM
Jeanmarie said:

Brilliant - it works!! I tried it on a coffee stain - made a paste and left it, as suggested.


7/30/2007 7:27:32 AM
Bob said:

Make sure to remove the item of clothing before pouring the boiling water. Or then again don't that idiot sued Mcd's and won when she spilled hot coffee on herself.


7/30/2007 7:53:37 AM
trying is believing said:

simply soak fresh stain with water imediately.

Soak old stains in vinegar and then wash.


7/30/2007 8:03:13 AM
Patricia said:

this sounds worth a try.Eapecialy sense I remmber my grandmother doing the same.thank you for the reminder


7/30/2007 8:10:49 AM
shirley said:

easyier way put liquid washing soap on stain and wash as usual.


7/30/2007 9:02:33 AM
J-Rod said:

very interesting


7/30/2007 10:15:17 AM
Deborah Kalb said:

This is wonderful advice. However, I don't suppose many people leave a pot of water boiling just for coffee and tea stains. So, I recommend replacing the word 'immediately' with 'ASAP'.


7/30/2007 10:19:38 AM
Praveen Jaiswal said:

Good,useful tip


7/30/2007 10:22:00 AM
Praveen Jaiswal said:

Good,useful tip


7/30/2007 11:46:35 AM
3rd Degree said:

Works great... One additional tip: Take the article of clothing off first.


7/30/2007 12:40:14 PM
mike said:

sounds like a good thing to know - hope i don't have to use it


7/30/2007 2:28:25 PM
k.s. said:

great tip.i needed it. thanks


7/30/2007 2:59:28 PM
Deebug said:

You can also try club soda soak with the club soda rub gently and rinse with the same might have to do this a couple times, small places like in crease use a q-tip with the same if it comes out wash as directed.


7/30/2007 5:23:54 PM
Margi said:

I'll be the first to admit that I spill coffee on my clothes several times a week, and I get really aggrivated with myself. So I think this is great info for me. THANKS......


7/30/2007 7:18:47 PM
tessia said:

is this safe for whites and colors?


7/30/2007 8:28:20 PM
hawkeye said:

Good tip, but if you are in the car and have a spill, may not be the ideal answer.


7/30/2007 8:42:27 PM
venita said:

Thanks great tip I always wondered how to get those two stains out!! Sound like borax is a must have!!


7/30/2007 9:07:51 PM
Patricia said:

Thanks! I have always wondered how to do this, in my book, on a scale of 1 to 10, you rate the highest.


7/31/2007 4:11:28 AM
Polash said:

It works cool


7/31/2007 9:17:59 AM
Bonnie said:

This tip is fine for 100% cotton, cotton/polyester blends, polyester, acrylic and other manufactured fibers. However, DO NOT use this tip for rayon, linen, silk or wool; boiling water will ruin natural fibers.

Instead, blot the coffee/tea stain to remove as much as possible. With a clean cool damp white cloth, remove as much as possible. Then get it to the dry cleaner as soon as possible. Be sure to tell the cleaners about the stain so they can give it proper treatment.


7/31/2007 3:37:49 PM
tclark said:

Dabbing the fresh stain with cold water works well too.


1/6/2009 5:51:19 AM
joAnne JOhnson said:

why not just use spray and wash?


1/6/2009 1:35:16 PM
Stephanie said:

That really does work!!! But not just for those 2 type of stains. I do that w/most all types right away & the hot water takes it out. For 'blood' stains-if ever have :-)-use hydrogen peroxide after washing out w/hot water right away.... it works pretty good!




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