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Removing red wine stains

Style For Style: Wine Stains Be Gone!

Why does this always happen? You're wearing your favorite ivory Nine West Silk Georgette Dress ($140), having a grand time at a chic party, when all of a sudden you spill red wine on you. Panic is natural, but it doesn't help the cool and composed vibe you were going for.


To find out how to remove wine stains in a jiffy,

  • As soon as the stain happens, go to the nearest kitchen. Quickly boil some water and grab some common salt.
  • Drench the stained area in boiling water. Just be careful not to burn yourself. If the stain is in an awkward area, say the bodice, remove your clothing before starting.
  • Next, take at least two tablespoons of common salt and rub the stained area until the red is gone.
  • This works on all fabrics, from wool to silk, cotton to synthetics. How much of the red wine gets removed depends on how quickly you take care of the problem and how much gets soaked into the fabric. Even if the entire stain isn't gone, at least most of it will disappear. But the next morning take your dress to the dry cleaners first thing.

Now get back to the party and pretend like nothing ever happened!

Join The Conversation
redegg redegg 9 years
I spilled red wine on my boob at a work party right before talking to an important client. I freaked and walked over to the bartender and he helped me with club soda and a towel. (go figure, I'm sitting there rubbing away on my boob) Anyways, it came out of my silk blouse and then I just held a napkin down below my wine glass all nonchalant and went back over to the client. The my husband was like "What did you do to your shirt?" and pointed at the wet spot. :oy: But it dried almost instantly and all came out.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
I (like most of you!) would not want to make such a scene getting the wine off at a party! And, this used to happen to me A LOT because my college roommate LOVED red wine and constantly spilled it all over me! One time this happened I was wearing a nice, expensive NEW dress. The stains set in throughout the rest of the party and overnight. I thought they would never come out so I researched in old books my mom had and it said to get red wine out soak in WHITE wine. I didn't believe it but I tried it since it was ruined if not, and it worked. I put the white wine in a big bowl and left my dress in for hours. The dress SMELLED TERRIBLE when it was done but then I got it dry cleaned. The stains were gone! (But if you leave the dry cleaned dress in the plastic bag discoloring will appear). This definitely worked for me and is worth a shot because I would rather enjoy the party with my stain and worry about getting it out later!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
What a pretty dress! Hopefully hot water will suffice, because I don't think I'd want to ask my host/hostess to make such a huge fuss for me. Thanks for the tip! And I think I need to get some of that Tide to Go too.
liannecamille liannecamille 9 years
Fantastic tip! I might be needing to use this since I'm turning 21 this year! :) Wee!
sushiii sushiii 9 years
I love this dress, it's gorgeous! I would love to wear this to my prom! And thanks a bunch for the tips, fab. I'm very clumsy so these tips will come in handy one day. :)
manay manay 9 years
I love this dress, if only I could find it
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Does anyone else find the idea of taking off your clothes to add boiling water while standing in the middle of someone's kitchen kind of bizarre? Just saying...
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
Oh, I have totally used my Tide pen to clean up red wine stains. I always have one in my purse - it was really helpful during a trip to Napa! :)
tigerbunny27 tigerbunny27 9 years
LOVE THIS DRESS!!! Does it work on cashmere? Because I always wear cashmere sweaters...
thewavingcat thewavingcat 9 years
i want this dress!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Great dress. I hope a red wine stain comes out of it.
cosmogirl cosmogirl 9 years
The price is amazing! And the dress is gorgeous! I have to have it. Love.
hollister-chick hollister-chick 9 years
i love the dress
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
Pretty dress! I carry Tide to Go in my bag for emergencies.
thatsmajor thatsmajor 9 years
I WANT THIS DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!! SO SO SO PRETTY!!!! Great tip too!
Secretista Secretista 9 years
Does Tide to Go really work?? Dress is cuteeee! Thanks for the tip!! :-)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Or Tide to Go! By the way, I love this dress!!!
haute77 haute77 9 years
I love the dress, especially the price.
emalove emalove 9 years
I love this dress!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tip!!!
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