How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothing

Red wine stains on clothing are notoriously difficult to remove. If possible, treat a wine stain immediately—the older it is, the more stubborn it will be. The good news is that most wine stains can be completely removed, or at least reduced, with common household cleaning solutions. Keep in mind that you should never put wine-stained fabric in a hot dryer, as the heat will set the stain and make removal almost impossible.

Check out these methods for removing fresh red wine stains as well as stains that have “aged” on your favorite clothes.

5 Secret Stain-Busting Fixes for Red Wine Stains

 Stain TypeTannin-based
 Detergent TypeHousehold stain removers, laundry detergent
 Water TemperatureCold or Boiling
Cycle TypeVaries depending on the type of fabric

Before You Begin

Wine stains are tough to remove, so be prepared to try—and try again. All of these methods can be effective, so start with a cleaner you have on hand.

Tip

A wine spill can permanently stain if placed in a hot dryer. For best results, try one of the above methods to remove as much of the pigment as possible before laundering and drying.

Materials

  • Kosher salt
  • Club soda
  • White vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Commercial stain remover (optional)

How to Treat a Fresh Red Wine Stain

Begin by blotting the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. Press gently and dab—do not rub. Scrubbing will set the stain. Once the stain is blotted, you’re ready to treat it using one of the following non-toxic home cleaning solutions.

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  1. Kosher Salt

    Sprinkle salt generously onto the stain (kosher salt has bigger, flatter grains than table salt with more surface area for absorption). Then, try one of the following options:

    • Leave the salt overnight to soak up as much wine pigment as possible.
    • If the fabric of your clothing is sturdy, like denim or heavy linen, place the fabric over a bowl so the stain is centered; if necessary, secure the fabric with a rubber band. Then, carefully and slowly pour boiling water over the wine spot from about 8 inches above to allow the force of the water to help push out the stain.
    • If the stain has vanished, launder the clothing as usual.

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  2. Club Soda

    Pour club soda over the stain and allow it to sit overnight. Do not replace club soda with seltzer or any other carbonated beverage. While there is no solid scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of club soda, plenty of personal anecdotes insist it works—sometimes.

  3. White Vinegar and Laundry Detergent

    Cover the stain with white vinegar and liquid detergent. The vinegar neutralizes the red and purple pigments in the wine, while the detergent helps clean the fabric. Let the fabric sit overnight.

  4. Dishwashing Liquid and Hydrogen Peroxide

    Mix hydrogen peroxide and dish soap (3 parts peroxide to 1 part soap). Test a small amount of the solution on an inconspicuous area, as hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent. If your test spot looks fine after drying, pour the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash the garment immediately or rinse it with cold water.

  5. Laundry and Cleaning Products

    Try professional stain removal products. Soak clothing in OxiClean powder mixed with the warmest water your fabric can handle. Other choices include Biokleen’s Bac-Out Stain and Odor Remover, Ecover Stain Stick, and Spot Shot. Several sprays are made specifically for removing red wine stains, such as Chateau Spill and Wine Away.

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How to Treat an Old Red Wine Stain

If you have a red wine stain that you did not treat immediately, you may still have luck removing or reducing it. An old wine stain needs a long soak in cold water to have a chance of removal.

  1. Rub Stain with Soap

    Start by rubbing liquid laundry detergent or dish soap on the stained area.

  2. Soak Item

    Next, put the clothing in a bowl or bucket of cold water to soak for 30 minutes or overnight.

  3. Apply Stain Remover

    Apply a stain remover to the wet stain and wash the piece of clothing on a normal cycle.

When to Call a Professional

If the garment is labeled dry clean only, take it to your dry cleaner as soon as possible. Point out and identify the stain to help your professional cleaner choose the proper treatment. The same applies to a red wine stain that damages silk or vintage upholstery; you need to contact a professional cleaner, or else you are likely to do more damage if you try to remove the stain yourself.

Additional Tips for Handling Red Wine Stains

If your results are unsatisfactory, try another of these cleaning techniques. Because wine stains are stubborn, and fabrics differ in their fiber types and permeability, multiple methods—and repeated steps—may prove more successful than just one attempt.

Just remember—after washing, do not dry your garment until the stain has vanished (or is greatly reduced). After drying, the stain will set and may never fade.


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