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How to Fight a Coffee Stain Using Salt

It happens about once a week, so we’ve become pros at solving the problem. I’m talking about Glenn Pitcher and his unfortunate mug to mouth problem.

Glenn is notorious for dribbling coffee on himself during the morning show and at first he  used the stain stick that I got him for Christmas, but one day he panicked when he realized that it’d run out and didn’t know what to do. That’s when I remembered something a good friend told me to do years ago. She explained that salt works wonders on getting out coffee and wine stains and the method has never let me down. So, if you’re in a pinch, like you ran out of stain stick or laundry detergent and don’t have time to get to the store to pick up more right away, here’s how you can save your favorite shirt.

Traci Taylor

Step 1. Make a sad face and hold out your shirt to inspect the dribble.

Step 2. Change out of your shirt into another.

Step 3. Place paper towels on a hard surface and lay shirt on top of towels. Make sure to have a cup of water and some salt on hand.

Step 4. Pour some water over the stain.

Step 5. Pour some salt on the stained area.

Step 6. Pour a little more water over the stained area and use a paper towel to dab at the stain.

Let the shirt sit until you’re able to throw it in the wash, but as with treating any stain, you don’t want to let it sit too long.

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