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How to Remove Red Wine Stains

How to Remove Red Wine Stains

Red wine stains become harder and harder to remove the longer they sit. Therefore, if you encounter one quickly take action.

Blot the stain to absorb as much of the liquid as possible, without rubbing as this will push more wine deeper into the fabric or upholstery.


Salt is an indispensable kitchen item that can help remove many different kinds of stains, from red wine stains to carpet stains and more. Kosher salt may be more likely to absorb the stain than regular table salt; simply apply a thick coating of white table salt directly on to any stain overnight and leave to soak before washing your item as directed by manufacturer instructions.

An easy solution for treating red wine stains is mixing white vinegar and club soda and applying it directly onto them. This serves both as an initial treatment before washing, as well as lifting and cleansing.

White Vinegar

Whenever in need of emergency solutions such as rubbing alcohol or laundry detergent, white vinegar is often the go-to solution. Also known as spirit or distilled vinegar, this type of vinegar produced from fermenting alcoholic liquids contains the same acetic acid content found in other varieties; however, its concentration makes it ideal for more extreme situations, like descaleing coffee makers and keeping windows streak-free.

Pour some dish soap onto a cloth and apply directly to the stain. If its color hasn't faded yet, blot the fabric with watered-down dish soap until all wine stains have been lifted off of fabric - then rinse as recommended on its care label. Alternatively, dry materials like salt (or baby powder/kitty litter) may temporarily work as a temporary fix until all wine stains have been eliminated; repeat these steps every few hours until completely removed from fabric.

Club Soda

Experts remain baffled as to why club soda works, yet it remains an effective stain remover. Apply a generous layer of club soda directly over any stained areas and let it set overnight; its fizz helps break down wine molecules and lift them to the surface for removal. If there remains red wine staining after this treatment has taken effect, rinse your cloth in cold water before blotting until dry.

Club soda can be used effectively as a pretreatment before washing a stained garment or piece of carpet, after blotting to absorb as much of the stain liquid without rubbing, pour club soda over it and blot again to absorb any remaining fluids before pouring more club soda on top of it.

Club soap's bubbling action breaks down alcohol and helps dissolve some of the red wine staining from fabric fibers, providing relief. Repeat as necessary until completely eliminated from fabric fibers. In addition, its fizz also aids your washing machine's task of discharging trapped wine into its cycle for removal.

Dish Soap/Hydrogen Peroxide

Red wine stains on fabric surfaces may require multiple methods for removal. Given their difficulty, multiple attempts may be required before success is attained. When using commercial stain remover products, always read and follow their directions regarding appropriate soaking times and fabric types.

As another quick solution for red wine stains, dish soap or hydrogen peroxide are both effective solutions for dealing with them. Their acidity helps break down any stubborn bonds holding pigment in place while detergent will soak away what remains. Mix a solution consisting of equal parts dish soap and water before applying directly on to the stain while blotting along its edge.

As soon as red wine stains appear, it is important to pretreat them immediately before they have time to set in. Avoid rubbing the stain as this will only spread and deepen its color; instead blot them dry with a clean cloth or paper towel instead - this will also help avoid the stain from spreading further onto garments or carpets as well as keeping areas as dry as possible.

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