How To Remove Wine Stains From Clothes

Baking Soda

Baking Soda works well for removing wine stains from clothes. Simply cover the stain with a liberal amount of baking soda, let it sit for a few moments until the stain is absorbed, then wipe the soda away and blot the area with a cloth dampened in water.

Club Soda

Club Soda is one of the most effective remedies for red wine stains due to its carbonation. To clean a fresh red wine stain, blot up as much of the stain as possible (blot – don’t rub) then simply saturate it with club soda, then launder the item as usual.

Club Soda with Salt

Another remedy for red wine stains using club soda is to combine it with a salt treatment. First cover the stain with salt which will absorb the wine from the fabric, then rinse clean with the club soda. Finally launder the items as you usually would.

Cream of Tarter

Make a paste with one part cream of tarter and one part water. Blot the stain as much as you can first, then cover the wine stain with this paste. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wash the item as usual.

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer

This is good for red wine stains that occur outside of the house. Blot up as much of the stain as possible, then rub in some hand sanitizer. Blot well again. You might need to do this more than once, but it works well on the go.


Salt also works well for lifting out red white stains from clothing. Cover the stain with salt (a coarse salt such as Kosher works best – but table salt will work as well). Leave the salt on until the stain is absorbed then brush away the salt and follow up by blotting stain with a damp cloth.

White Vinegar, Dishwashing Liquid and Water

Another way to get red wine stains out of clothing is to combine equal parts of white vinegar, dishwashing liquid and water. Work this solution into the wine stain, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wash the item as usual.

White Vinegar

Quite often white vinegar on its own will remove the red wine stain from blouses or clothes. Pour some vinegar onto a damp cloth or towel and blot the stain until the red wine is lifted. Follow up with another cloth that is dampened with only water. Then launder as usual.

White Wine

This is a handy solution at a party because where there is red wine being served there is usually also white wine. Blot up as much of the red wine as possible, blotting – not rubbing – then pour white wine over the stain. The white wine will neutralize the red and will usually remove the stain completely.

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How to Remove Wine Stains From Carpet

Baking Soda

After blotting up as much of the wine as possible with white paper towels (blot – do not rub) cover it with a small mountain of baking soda. Let it sit until the wine has been absorbed – then vacuum clean.

Baking Soda Paste

Another way to use baking soda to clean up a wine stain is to make a paste out of it. Blot up as much of the stain as possible using a white towel or washcloth. Keep using clean pieces of the washcloth or towel so as not to add more wine to the rug or carpet. Then mix 3 parts baking soda to one part water and make a paste of it. Apply paste to the stain and let dry. Then vacuum up. If any part of stain remains, repeat process or use a few drops of carpet shampoo on it.

Club Soda

Club Soda is great for many stains, including wine stains. Blot as much of the wine stain up as possible (again – blot – do not rub), pour club soda on the stain and blot again with a white towel or white paper towels. You might need to repeat a second or third time, but the carbonation in the club soda helps to lift the stain.

Shaving Cream (Foamy)

Shaving Cream is also good for getting red wine stains out of the carpet. Blot up as much of the wine as you can, then spray a small amount of white foamy shaving cream on stained area. Work it into the stain with your fingers, the blot clean with a dampened white paper towel or towel until stain is gone.

Dishwashing Liquid

Rinse the stain with some cold water – then make a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing liquid and one cup of cold water. Blot the stain with this mixture using a white washcloth or towel and repeat until stain is gone.


Salt works well for fresh wine stains as well. Simply cover the stain with a small mountain of salt and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then you can simply brush and vacuum away.

White Wine

One good thing about parties, where there is red wine there is usually white wine available as well. In a pinch, pour some white wine over the red wine to help dilute it and blot up with a white washcloth, towel or paper towel. Do not rub – simply blot until stain is gone. If you do not have white wine available you can try clear vodka.

Wine Away

Wine away is a product specifically made for this purpose. If you entertain often or have very light carpets such as white, this is a good product to have around the house. It also works on oriental or colored carpets. Simply follow the directions on the bottle. This also works well if you have tried other remedies and the wine stain still remains. Simply leave the Wine Away on the stain for about 30 minutes, then clean.

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