How to remove coffee and tea stains from clothes

How to remove coffee and tea stains from clothes

Most people have experienced an occasional tea or coffee spill, but what if your clothes have not? Just like with other stains, the most important thing is to act quickly and not waste time worrying about how you will remove that tea or coffee stain from your white shirt. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to tackle a tea or coffee stain emergency with help from Ariel, and your clothes will thank you.

6 steps to remove tea and coffee stains

  • 1

    Prepare a soaking solution

    Fill up a bucket or your sink with warm water, and mix in a half a scoop of Ariel Washing Powder. Use your hand to stir the pre-treatment solution until the detergent is completely dissolved.

    Prepare a soaking solution
  • 2


    Submerge your tea and coffee-stained garments in the solution, and let them sit for an hour. Use a white towel on top of them to weigh them down if they keep floating to the top.

  • 3

    Preparing for wash

    Without using too much force, wring out the excess water, and add your garments to your wash with similar items.

    Preparing to wash
  • 4


    Follow the instructions on the detergent package and add the correct amount of detergent to your wash.

  • 5


    Load your garments into the washing machine, and wash on your usual cycle, at the highest temperature shown on the care label.

  • 6


    When the wash cycle is over, unload your items immediately, and if the stains are gone, hang them out to dry.


How Ariel Matic Liquid Laundry Detergent cleans tea and coffee stains

If you’re using Ariel Matic Front Load Liquid Detergent or Ariel Matic Top Load Liquid Detergent, and you have a coffee or tea stain at hand, we have you covered. Instead of soaking your stained garments in a soaking solution, pour some of the liquid detergent directly onto the stain, and let it sit. Then, without washing the liquid detergent off, put the stained garments into your washer along with similar items, and wash them as usual.

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Extra tips for removing tea and coffee stains from white clothes and shirts

A dark tea or coffee stain on your white clothes or your favourite white shirt can be scary at first, but it’s nothing you can’t handle with the help of Ariel. You can either try the soaking method with the washing powder solution, or if you have liquid laundry detergent at home, just pour some directly onto the stain before you wash your garments in the washer.

How to remove old tea and coffee stains from clothes

Luckily, removing old tea and coffee stains from your clothes is not too different from dealing with fresh stains. You can try mixing washing powder with water to create a soaking solution for your clothes, and then let them sit in it for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can pour liquid detergent onto the stains, and let them sit for a while before tossing them into the washer with similar items.

How to remove stains similar to coffee and tea stains

Tea and coffee time sometimes goes hand in hand with other stains. Chocolate from your favourite biscuits can easily end up on your saree, or your jam may wander from your morning toast onto your jeans. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about these mishaps ruining your clothes, because Ariel has you covered. For whiter whites and tough stain removal, wash with Ariel Matic Front Load Liquid Detergent, if you have front-load, fully automatic washing machine, or Ariel Matic Top Load if you have top-load, fully automatic machine. If you own a semi-automatic washing machine, then choose Ariel Complete powder detergent. We know it’s not quite the same as that first coffee, but clothes that are clean, fresh, and stain-free are another great way to start the day.

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FAQs on how to remove tea and coffee stains

  • Lemon juice can be used to help remove a tea stain, but keep in mind that laundry detergents were specifically developed for this reason, so they will always be more effective. Also, lemon can bleach your garment’s colour, so be careful.

  • Mix water and laundry detergent to make a pre-treatment solution, let the garment soak in it for an hour, then wash it normally. This should help you get rid of the black tea stain.

  • No. If you act quickly, getting tea stains out of clothes is much less difficult than dealing with a dried tea stain. Thanks to Ariel, both cases can be managed, though.

  • Vinegar mixed with water can help lift the stain from your clothes but using a laundry detergent that was specifically developed for this reason is always a more effective choice.

  • If you must tackle an old coffee stain, just mix some water with some laundry detergent and let your garment soak in the pre-treating solution for at least an hour. Then proceed to wash it normally.

  • When it comes to coffee stain removal, vinegar can be of help, however opting for a laundry detergent will always give you better results, as they were developed specifically to be harsh on stains.

  • Mixing some baking soda with water and putting the paste on the coffee-stained garment can help lift the stain, but your best bet is definitely a pre-treatment solution of water mixed with laundry detergent.