How To Remove Red Wine Stains From Anything?

Have you attended a wedding and red wine has spilt on your dress? Did you spend a Saturday night with friends in front of the outdoor fireplace drinking some red wine, and someone happened to spill a few drops over your carpet? Worry no more! You don’t have to toss anything away! Cleaning that hard stain isn’t so challenging anymore, as long as you act immediately. 

A woman trying to clean a red wine stain from a carpet

There are a few cleaning tips and tricks you can follow, either if you’re at your home or at a dinner party filled with wine racks, and your favourite items will be wine stain-free again. But before sharing with you the DIY solutions for cleaning, let us tell you some things you better consider before starting the cleaning process. 

Act immediately

As soon as a stain occurs, you better act quickly. Don’t let the stain dry. The longer you let the stain stay, the harder it will be to remove it. So, the moment the wine accident happens, treat it right away.

Don’t rub the stain

Rubbing the stain won’t do any good. In fact, you’ll make things worse, as you’ll probably make stains wider. So, instead of rubbing, start blotting! Blot the area to remove the excess liquid using a clean cloth or some towels. 

Why is red wine such a persistent stain?

Red wine is a natural dye! It contains chromogens and tannins. Chromogens is the main substance that most colourful plants consist of, whilst tannins is an organic agent used in ink production. So, what happens when you spill red wine on a fabric? Most fabrics are highly porous. When you spill the wine, the fabric pores absorb it while it moves down and outward the material, wherever there’s space, and it dyes the fabric.

How to remove it from clothes

Either it is colourful, light colourful, or whites, accidents may happen. Fortunately, there’s always a way to make things better. In fact, there are a few ways to get rid of the red stain from your favourite clothes. Let’s take a close look:

A glass of red wine on a white shirt

The hairspray solution

Hairspray isn’t only for hair. It has several different uses. And one of these is to help you clean a red wine stain from your clothes. 

You’ll need:

  • A hairspray
  • Laundry detergent

The steps to follow are easy:

  1. Spray the stained area directly with the hairspray.
  2. Let it stay for a few minutes.
  3. Afterwards, wash it in the washing machine using the detergent at a high temperature. 

The hydrogen peroxide solution

This is a household chemical you can use for several cleaning purposes in your home.  

So, to clean a red wine mark from clothes, you’re going to need:

  • A bowl
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Hydrogen peroxide


  1. In the bowl, mix equal parts of the dish soap and the peroxide.
  2. Pour the mixture onto the stain.
  3. Let it soak for a while. You’ll probably see the red stain vanish right away.
  4. Finally, wash the cloth as usual.

Note: You better apply this tip on light coloured clothes and whites.

Bleach solution for white clothing

As quickly as white clothing gets dirty just as easily, you can clean it due to this product. While it isn’t our favourite cleaning tip, it’s the easiest way to get rid of spilt wine stains. 

A woman opening a bottle of bleach

You only need:

  • A basin
  • Bleach
  • Hot water


  1. You just place the white fabric in a basin filled with bleach
  2. Let it in there for 10 minutes
  3. After, launder it in hot water and say goodbye to the red wine stain. 

How to remove it from carpet or upholstery

Knowing how to clean stains off the carpet is always essential! A cabernet spilt on the carpet is probably a headache you don’t know how to deal with. Fortunately, things aren’t so serious as they might sound. There are several home cleaning solutions to tackle such stains. 

The Club Soda Solution

Have you ever thought about cleaning a stain using club soda? We usually drink it! But, the time has come to see another usage of it. 

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Club soda 
  • White towels or a clean, lint-free cloth (a white one again) or a sponge. 

The steps to successfully clean the area that’s affected are:

  1. Pour club soda over the stained area.
  2. Use some white towels to blot the excess water. 

The Salt Solution

Salt, in addition to making food tastier, can neutralise red wine marks.

You’re going to need:

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary materials:

  1. Use towels over the stain to blot excess red wine
  2. After absorbing as much as possible, cover the area with salt
  3. Let the salt dry. As soon as it dries, it’ll probably have absorbed the stain too. 
  4. Now, vacuum the salt. 
Some salt on a wooden surface

The Baking Soda Cleaning Solution

This is a powerful cleaning agent used in many cleaning tasks. Cleaning red wine stains is another test that will carry out.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

Now, you’re ready to get rid of that annoying mark. Just: 

  1. Dab the stain using a cloth or some towels. Try to absorb as much wine as possible.
  2. Then, pour a small amount of cold water over the stain and continue dabbing with a second cloth.
  3. Now, mix one part of the soda with three parts of water to make a paste and apply it to the affected area.
  4. Let it dry for a while.
  5. Once it dries, you can vacuum the paste.

The White Vinegar Solution

Vinegar can clean almost everything! Thus, be sure that it can also vanish wine stains along with a pinch of salt or soda

To make a stain remover using vinegar, you need:

  • White clean rags
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of baking soda or salt
  • A vacuum cleaner

Then do as follows:

  1. Soak the excess wine using a clean rag.
  2. After, make the paste. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and ¼ cup of soda or salt
  3. Apply the paste to the stain and rub it. 
  4. Let the paste dry.
  5. Once it dries, vacuum the salt/soda remains

How to remove it from couches

Couches are very sensitive to liquids. You should act immediately after a liquid accident happens. Your best ally to this task is powdery materials that will soak up the liquid, like salt, sodium percarbonate, dry soap powder, talcum powder or even kitty litter.

  1. Blot the affected area with a cloth.
  2. Once you’ve gathered one of the powdery tools, pour some amount on the stain and let it stay for a few minutes. 
  3. Vacuum the powder away. 
A glass of red wine spilt on a couch

How to remove it from tablecloths

How easy is it for tablecloths to be soiled? Boiling water will get the job done. 

Let’s see what you need and what you have to do.

You’re going to need: 

  • A large glass bowl
  • Boiling water
  • A rubber band

Now, follow the below steps:

  1. Boil water, and meanwhile, place a large glass bowl in the sink. 
  2. Stretch the stained fabric and secure it with a rubber band.
  3. Once the water has boiled, pour it directly onto the stain to wash it out.

That’s all! Just be careful not to burn yourself while rinsing the stain.

How to remove dried red wine stains?

If you couldn’t treat the stain immediately, there are a couple of things you can do to save your fabrics. 

Pour Some Milk

Yeap! That’s right! Milk can absorb and clean tough situations like ink or red wine marks. You just have to grab milk from the fridge and pour it on the stain. Let it soak for a few minutes, and then start blotting with a sponge or a cloth

Use An Oxi Cleaner

An oxi cleaner can perfectly remove a dry stain. It consists of sodium percarbonate, which can vanish the pigment. Apply some over the stain and let it stay for 20 minutes to an hour. Then blot the stain using a clean rag. 

Dishwasher Detergent

If you don’t want to use an oxi cleaner, you can use dishwashing liquid along with hydrogen peroxide. Mix 3 parts of the peroxide and 1 part of the liquid. Apply the mixture over the stain and wait for 20 minutes to an hour. Then blot the soapy mixture and afterwards wash it out. 

Commercial Cleaning Products

If you find it hard with these DIY cleaning products, you can always get red wine stain removers available at any store, like Wine Away or Vanish. Just remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using them. 

What not to do when dealing with red wine stains?

Dealing with red wine marks is a challenging task. There are some DON’Ts though you should always keep in mind to have the best results. 

1. DON’T scrub the stain

If you scrub red wine spills to remove them from the item, you’ll end up with the exact opposite results. The stain will spread further and deeper. Rubbing the stain means that you’ll push wine more in-depth into the texture, and the pigment will spread more all over the cloth. 

2. DON’T let the stain dry

We know that in most cases you can’t tackle a stain right away. However, you better do so and don’t postpone it for the next day. The more you leave the stain, the harder it’ll be to get rid of it. Red wine will go deeper into the pores and dye the fabric. 

3. DON’T apply hot air

Dry red wine stains are very stubborn, and they don’t like heat, or they like it, depending on which point of view you choose. So, if you think that hot air will help you remove them, you’re going to make things worse. You’ll turn stain into a permanent one, and then you’ll toss away your favourite white shirt or cloth! 

4. DON’T apply white wine to red wine stain

Have you heard the rumour that white wine is an excellent red wine marks removal? There are just rumours, don’t believe them and, of course, don’t ever apply them. White wine will help red wine to spread more instead of removing it. 

A glass of red wine staining a carpet

You have nothing to worry about each time you drink a glass of wine! Things can be quite easy and you’ll be able to save your clothes or carpets, as long as you act immediately and don’t let the stain dry. With some easy to find materials, you can master this task as well!

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