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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