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How-To: Get the Red Out

As we get closer to the holiday season, you can virtually guarantee that all of the festivities and merry making will lead to a red wine stain or two. But don't worry, you can usually combat that stain, especially if you act fast. Learn how to get the red out when you


  1. First, make sure to blot (not rub or scrub) the stain with paper towels. However, if the fabric is "dry clean only," skip this step and get it to the cleaners posthaste.
  2. Position a dry washcloth between the layers of the fabric (such as the front and back of a blouse) to prevent staining on the back of the material.
  3. Mix one teaspoon of laundry soap or dish soap and one cup hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Dip a sponge in the bowl, and gently blot the stain.
  4. Review and follow any special washing directions for the type of fabric.
  5. If the fabric is machine washable, wash in cool water and air dry.
  6. If not, wash by hand with a mild detergent.

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victoryland1014 victoryland1014 7 years
So I used to be a faithful salt user for wine stains on carpet, clothes, ect... But now I found something even better. SELTZER water (or club soda, same thing). Just pour the seltzer on the stain, don't be afraid to put too much. And then just bolt away. No need to remove the salt after wards, or rinse of the detergent. Believe me it works miracles!
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
My secret weapon against red wine stains is Dawn dish detergent! I use it to pretreat the stains and then wash clothes or table linens as usual. It works every time, including on a year old stain on a white tank top.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
I get a product called "wine out" (you can find it on amazon). You spray it on, blot, and out it comes. Seriously, I spilled a half bottle on a bone white shag rug. I sprayed (almost the entire mini bottle) of wine out and first it turns brown, and then by the next day when it dried, it was all gone. So easy for tiny spills, and works very quickly, which usually makes guests feel better when they spill wine at your house.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
City Girl, I was just about to ask about stains in rugs, going to try that next time! Also liked the idea of mixing laundry soap with hydrogen peroxide..nice!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
City girl, this worked for me with coffee as well. Spilled it on my beige ottoman, covered it with table salt, and it absorbed it and the color right up! I have also heard that white wine on red wine can rid the stain.. not sure if that is true or not.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
For wine stains in rugs, what I have found to be SUPER effective is to dilute the area with cold water, and then just dump piles and piles of salt directly onto the spill. Don't remove the salt until it hardens into pinkish-colored bricks, then pick them up, and vacuum away the remaining grains that didn't absorb the liquid. I did this on my cream colored rug right when it spilled, and there's not even a hint of stain :-)
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