How to remove red wine stains from clothes

How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothes

It’s not a good feeling when you realize that your favorite outfit has a big, ugly, red stain on it. That ‘friend’ you met last night might have spilled red wine on your shirt by mistake, or was it because of jealousy? It’s pretty possible that you might have spilled wine on yourself. That might have been the universe telling you that you are drunk and you should go home! Has this ever happened to you? Not yet. Well you have just been lucky! So what are you going to do? How to remove red wine stains from clothes?

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Image: Jeff Kubina on Flickr

No need to panic my friend. Here are a few simple yet effective tips to remove red wine stains from your clothes. But before that, what we need to understand is that red wine stains are of two types: Wet and Dry. The cleaning method changes accordingly. For wet stains, remember that the stain has to be addressed as soon as possible, before the wine gets absorbed by the fabric.

 The First Step is to blot out excess liquid on the cloth with a white cotton or paper towel. It’s important to use a white cloth because colors can bleed into the stain and you do not want that to happen. Remember, blot it, don’t rub! Rubbing the stain might damage the cloth, especially if it’s silk or rayon.  It will also cause the stain to sink in.

Next, look at the wash instructions on the garment label to find out if it’s machine washable or a dry clean only. If it’s a dry clean only item, get it to the Dry cleaner ASAP. No use trying to get the stain out, you can only end up doing more harm than good. In case the garment is machine washable, use a commercial stain remover like Vanish which is easily available at any supermarket. Apply a paste of Vanish powder with water and let it sit overnight. Later, wash as usual with your detergent. Remember that Vanish should not be used on certain types of fabric like wool, silk or leather.

But what if you don’t have a commercial stain remover handy? Here are few home remedies which might come to your rescue in the hour of need:

Boiling Water

Pour boiling water over the garment until the stain is gone. This is one of the simplest fixes; works in most cases.

White Vinegar

Apply some vinegar on the stain, let is soak for some time and then wash. If the stain has sunk in, try soaking overnight in a solution of three parts vinegar and one part water. This works best with cotton.

Common Salt

Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the stain and let it stand for five minutes. Rinse with cold water while rubbing out the stain. Repeat this if needed and then wash.

White Wine

This might come as a surprise but one of the best ways to remove red wine stains from clothes is to use white wine. Just pour some white wine over the red wine stain before washing. Simple yet effective.

Soda Water

Sprinkle some salt on the stain and pour soda water (also known as club soda) over it. Leave it overnight. This will also work especially well for coffee stains.

Egg Yolk and Rubbing Soda 

Mix a few drops of rubbing alcohol and warm water into an egg yolk. Apply the mixture to the stain with a sponge. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse.

Baking Soda

Apply some baking soda/water paste, leave it for 10 minutes, and then brush off the dried baking soda. Wash normally.

How to remove dry wine stains

And in case the stain has dried out, you can try soaking the cloth in a mixture of of lemon juice, white vinegar and water, mixed in equal parts and then wash. You can also apply some white toothpaste in the stain, let it dry and then wash it with liquid soap.

I hope these tips come in handy and you are able to get rid of that annoying stain. Know some other method that works? Don’t forget to let us know by commenting on this post.

Happy Spilling.


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