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Coffee Stain Tutorial

Remove Stains from Mugs

Step 1

Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar inside your coffee mug. Add 1/4 cup of hot water. If cleaning a stainless steel, thermos-style mug, close the lid and shake vigorously. The baking soda acts as a stain eliminator, while the vinegar serves to deodorize.

Step 2

Scrub the entire inner surface of your mug -- not just the stains -- vigorously with a toothbrush or sponge. Scrubbing all the surfaces ensures complete removal of any lingering coffee odors.

Step 3

Rinse your mug with hot water. Allow it to dry. The vinegar scent may linger while the mug dries, but will disappear after a short time.

Remove Stains from Fabric

Step 1

Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to one quart of water and mix well. Scrub the coffee stain vigorously with a cloth or sponge until the stain breaks up and disappears.

Step 2

Place your clothing or fabric in a conventional washing machine if the vinegar and water procedure fails to thoroughly remove the stains. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar, along with your preferred laundry detergent. Do not use bleach, because it will react negatively with the vinegar.

Step 3

Place your clothing or fabric in direct sunlight to dry. Use a commercial dryer if no sunlight is available. It is essential that the clothing or fabric dries completely to prevent mildew from forming.

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