How to Remove Wine Stains from Anything


Spills happen no matter how careful you are (especially when there’s wine). While you are having a good time, wine may spill on a tablecloth, a carpet, or on your shirt. However, a spilled glass of wine does not have to ruin your evening.

Red wine stains aren’t as tough to remove as you think, especially if you act quickly and treat the stain immediately. We’ve put up a guide that will help you deal with this splotchy condition without any need for using harsh chemicals.

By following the tips and tricks mentioned below, you won’t need to panic the next time you spill anything!

Important Tips to Remember

The first line of defense is swift action before you start wiping the wine away. The longer the stain is allowed to set in, the harder it will be to remove. So, maintain your composure and follow these crucial guidelines:

  • Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot the stain. Make sure you are pressing down gently and dabbing rather than rubbing—if you start scrubbing.
  • Avoid scrubbing first; resist the impulse to clean the stain hard, as this can further embed the red wine in the cloth.
  • Do not use a hot dryer to dry a stained fabric. The heat will solidify the stain, making it nearly impossible to remove.
  • Avoid using bleach. While bleach can remove red wine stains off a white shirt or other white clothing or linen, it discolors everything else.

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DIY Wine Stain Removers

While you could use ready-made cleaning products for wine stain removal, you won’t necessarily have those items on hand everywhere. We recommend using common household ingredients that you already have on hand in the kitchen pantry or bathroom.

These six at-home red wine stains removal ideas at home should do the trick!

1. Salt

As soon as you spill red wine on your carpet, wipe as much as you can with a paper towel and then cover the entire stain with salt until the red wine stain is no longer visible.

Allow the salt to sink into the moist stain and then dry. The salt should absorb the stain as it dries. After that, all you have to do is vacuum everything up.

2. Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide in equal proportions. Allow the mixture to sink into the wine stain for a few minutes. The stain should start to dissipate immediately.

After allowing the mixture to soak into the stain, wash the clothes as usual. This method works best on light-colored clothing, as hydrogen peroxide can tend to cause discoloration.

3. Boiling Water

This red wine stains removal method is only suitable for durable, colorfast garments or other materials that you can hold and stretch.

Start by boiling a few cups of water. (Add salt to the water for an extra kick.) After that, drape the stained fabric over a basin or across your kitchen sink. You might need someone to lend you a hand.

Pour the boiling water slowly over the affected region to dilute and release the red pigmentation. This should wash out the stain.

4. Baking Soda and Water

Baking soda, like salt, can absorb and break up a red wine stain. When the area is blotted, apply a paste of baking soda and a few drops of water (this should be smooth enough to apply but not too runny). Let the paste dry completely on a carpet, and then vacuum it up.

On clothing, make sure the paste dries thoroughly before laundering with hot water.

5. Club Soda

Club soda is a quick go-to option to get rid of red wine stains. Pour the club soda on the stain after wiping away as much wine as possible. Let it fizz and soak for almost 10 minutes. Carbonation will aid in dissolving the red pigments quickly.

After that, absorb the liquid with a sponge, towel, or other clean fabric. Soak once more and repeat as needed. We understand that this all appears to be very simple, and it is.

6. White Vinegar and Laundry Detergent

White vinegar, which neutralizes purple and red pigments, should be applied to the stain. Apply liquid detergent immediately after applying the vinegar, then wash in hot water. The stain should lift.

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