My attire for a typical day in the studio consists of yoga pants and a sweatshirt, but today, I felt like switching it up and opted for a pair of white pants and a graphic t-shirt.

Most mornings, I rush to my car with a coffee in hand, and today was no different – but this was the one morning I didn’t close the lid tightly enough on my coffee. As I sat down in the driver’s seat, the coffee splashed out of the cup and directly onto my fresh, white jeans. That’s what I get for trying.

It’s a classic story. Coffee, red wine, and sauce are a clumsy person’s worst enemy, so it’s important to have a game plan. I called upon the smartest woman I know to figure out how to get this worsening stain out of my new jeans, but when my mother said “just use bleach,” I got nervous.

I don’t have the best track record with bleach. I’ve ruined countless whites by using bleach due to an accidental colored sock mixed in with the bunch. It’s so strong, so I decided to resort to a trick my friend and I used in college that works like a charm.

I am all about saving money, so if I can repair the jeans I own, I’ll do what it takes. All of the products together cost less than $15, and the stain seemingly vanished. The next time you are ready to throw away a stained article of clothing, remember this clever trick. Share this with your clumsy friend today, and save a shirt tomorrow.

How to Remove a Coffee Stain

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