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5 Hacks for Removing Coffee Stains

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It's a tragedy all coffee lovers know too well: You go to take a sip of your favorite brew and miss your mouth just slightly. Devastatingly, a splash of the drink lands directly on your freshly pressed shirt. What do you do next? If you're in a rush, you might just change your shirt and deal with stain removal when you have more time. But if you're already en route to work or school, you'll need to get creative with the cleanup.

Fortunately, there have been so many others in your shoes that people have discovered common household ingredients that remove all evidence of your rough morning. Here are some life-changing hacks for coffee stain cleanup.

Sprinkle some salt on your stain.Sprinkle some salt on your stain.

1. Salt
Grab some table salt and sprinkle it all over the stain. Be generous with the amount of salt you use. The more you layer on, the deeper it can seep into the fabric of your clothing. Leave it there for a minute or so and gently rub away with a paper towel or cloth. Even if it doesn't completely remove the stain, it should at least prevent it from spreading. 

2. Baking Soda
This might be a little more difficult to come by, but if you have baking soda, you can rest assured that your stain most likely won't be permanent. Start by blotting your coffee stain with a cold, damp paper towel. Then sprinkle some baking soda over the area and let it seep in for a while. Blot it away with a dry towel or cloth - don't panic if the mark is still there. This method will at the very least keep the stain from setting into your clothes. Throw it in the wash as soon as you return home.

3. Vinegar
There are two things you need to know when treating your coffee stain with vinegar: For one, use white vinegar, and two, beware that your clothes will smell of the substance for the rest of the day. Once you know that, you can start tackling your stain. Vinegar can be included in the clothes washing process, and it's also effective in treating spot stains. Simply pour a drop or two on the stain and blot with a dry paper towel. 

Baby powder has a variety of uses.Baby powder has a variety of uses.

4. Baby Powder
Baby powder isn't just for babies. It's also useful for sopping up the oil in your hair if you're not able to wash it daily, and applying to skin to keep chafing at bay. Not only that, but it can help reduce clothing stains. Apply it to the coffee mark and allow it to seep in for a few minutes before gently brushing it off with a cloth. 

5. Stain Pen
If you have a stain pen, you're already well aware of its powerful abilities. It's worth keeping one of these in a few strategic spots around your home, office, in your car, in your purse and basically everywhere else you're prone to coming across a nasty stain. Follow the instructions accordingly, and you'll be amazed at how effective it is in ridding your clothes of your morning mistake.