White vinegar is an effective, natural pre-laundry stain treatment.

How to Remove Coffee From a White Suit

by Amy Davidson

Coffee can give you a quick pick me up when you’ve got a lot of business to attend to, but can also stain your clothes and slow you down. On a white suit particularly, a brown coffee stain can be an eyesore. If you should get a coffee stain on your favorite white suit, there are easy methods for removing the coffee and saving your white suit.

Hold the stained area under cool running water for a minute. Hold it inside out so that the water pushes the stain out of the fibers.

Press at the damp area from either side with white paper towels to soak up water and any excess fluids out of fabric.

Pour a teaspoon of dye- and chlorine-free dish soap to the stain, and gently rub it into the fibers with a damp sponge. Hold under cool running water once more for a couple of minutes to remove dish soap.

Mix together one cup of white vinegar to ¼ cup baking soda in a dish. Rub the paste into the stain with your fingers or use a toothbrush to work it into fabric. Let set and dry for 30 minutes. White vinegar and baking soda are both effective natural stain lifters, and also brighten whites. Wash your suit and dry as directed.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • 1 teaspoon dye- and chlorine-free dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Dish
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup baking soda


  • If your garment is dry-clean only, apply cold water as soon as possible to help keep the stain from setting, and take it to your local dry cleaner.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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