Coffee stain? No problem! Make sure you soak the stain in lukewarm water as soon as possible. Then, apply liquid laundry detergent to a towel and press it into the stain. Do not rub the stain with bar soap or sprinkle on powdered detergent. The more delicate the fabric, the less detergent you should use. On the other hand, if you are dealing with a sturdy fabric consider using dish soap, but remember that a little goes a long way. Wash the garment in the warmest water the fabric allows, and if it’s white add some bleach to the wash cycle.