How To Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothes

How to remove red wine stains from clothes
How to remove red wine stains from clothes

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One of the most feared stains comes from red wine. People often think that it is nearly impossible to remove red wine stains, but that’s not true. It just requires a little effort and knowledge about the right stain removers and techniques which you can get right here

In this article, we have covered:

  • Things to do before removing red wine stains from clothes
  • 6 ways to remove red wine stains from clothes

Things To Do Before Removing Red Wine Stains From Clothes

Read the garment care label properly: If you don’t read the care label, start reading it before every wash. Manufacturers clearly mention things that are not suitable for a garment on these labels. Some fabrics may be bleach-sensitive, some may not tolerate hot water, and some are “dry clean only”. If you will use any stain remover without checking the garment care label, there might be a risk of damage to the fabric.

Carry out a patch test: Before using any stain remover directly on the red wine stain, always carry out a spot test/ patch test. It is a simple task but it can save your garment from damage. You just have to apply the stain remover inside the collar or inside them or any other hidden area of the garment. Wait for 10-15 minutes to check how the fabric reacts. If there are no bad effects of stain remover on the fabric you can go ahead.

6 Ways To Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothes

A red wine stain has two stages: wet and dry. It is easy to remove red wine stains when it is still wet as you can blot most of the wine and prevent it from delving deep into the fabric. However, once, it gets dried out, you might have to repeat the stain removal process or try some specific methods.

Dried red wine stain and fresh red wine stain
Dried red wine stain and fresh red wine stain

Pro-tip: Treat the stain ASAP

Always try to treat the stain as soon as it occurs. The earlier you will take action the easier it will be to remove the stain.

Using salt to remove red wine stains from clothes

Using salt to remove red wine stains from clothes
Using salt to remove red wine stains from clothes

This method works best for wet stains. 

Even though many people suggest using kosher salt on red wine stains, you can use normal salt if you can’t get your hands on the former. Here is how you can use it:

  • Dampen the stain with cool and clean water. (You can skip this step if you are dealing with wet stains.)
  • Sprinkle a thick layer of salt over the stain. 
  • Leave it for at least 1 hour so that the salt can absorb the wine. 
  • Take an old toothbrush and scrub off the salt from the fabric. 
  • If the stain still persists, you will have to try another stain removal method. 

If you doubt that salt can remove stains, then you might not know what wonders this simple and basic ingredient can do. Apart from being a cooking essential, salt has many other uses, including stain removal. Hence, you should not underestimate its impact on a red wine stain.

 What you should know: This method will work faster on natural fibres such as cotton, denim, linen and wool as they absorb faster than synthetic fibres. 

Using club soda to remove red wine stains from clothes

Using club soda to remove red wine stains from clothes
Using club soda to remove red wine stains from clothes

This method works best for wet stains. 

Soda or club soda which is often mixed in drinks can remove red wine stains very effectively. 

  • Take any non-flavoured club soda and pour it directly onto the red wine stain slowly.  
  • Keep pouring until the stain starts fading. 
  • Let the fabric soak in soda for 10-15 minutes. The stain will be removed at this stage. 
  • You can rinse the garment with clean and cool water and wash it as usual. 

Want effortless stain removal? Tumbledry’s expert dry cleaners can help. 

Using milk to remove red wine stains from clothes

Using milk to remove red wine stains from clothes
Using milk to remove red wine stains from clothes

This method works best for wet stains.

You can take any milk (tonned or cream) that you use regularly at home, and use it as follows:

  • Put the garment in a bucket or tub. 
  • Pour milk (normal temperature) on the stain directly. The quantity should be enough to submerge the stained area. 
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes so that the fabric can soak the milk. 
  • Take a paper towel and blot the stain gently. 
  • Keep blotting until the stain is completely gone. 
  • Rinse and wash your garment as usual.

Using vodka to remove red wine stains from clothes

Using vodka to remove red wine stains from clothes
Using vodka to remove red wine stains from clothes

This method works best for dried red wine stains. 

Red wine has colour pigments (anthocyanins) which can get dissolved by alcohol. Hence, vodka works as a great red wine stain remover

Quick hack: If you don’t have vodka, try any clear alcohol in the same manner. Even if it doesn’t remove the stain, it will lighten the stain.

Here is how you can use vodka to remove red wine stains: 

  • Put the stained garment in a bucket or tub. 
  • Pour vodka over the entire stain. The quantity should be just enough to make the stained area wet.
  • Take a white clean cloth and blot the stain. 
  • Repeat the last two steps until the stain is visible. 
  • Wash your garment, as usual, to get rid of the vodka residue.

Using shaving cream to remove red wine stains from clothes

Using shaving cream to remove red wine stains from clothes
Using shaving cream to remove red wine stains from clothes

This method works best for dried red wine stains. 

Take any creamy or foamy shaving cream, its cleansing components will effectively saturate and lift the red wine stains from the fabric. Here’s how you can use it: 

  1. Spray the shaving cream on the stain directly. In case, it is not in a spray bottle, apply it using your fingers. The quantity should be enough to cover the stain properly. 
  2. Rub it against the fabric gently in to and fro motion with your fingers or using a spoon. 
  3. The stain will slowly start lifting up on the cream, and stop when the stain is removed from the fabric. 
  4. Rinse the stained area with clean and cold water. 
  5. Wash the garment, as usual, to get rid of any shaving cream residue. 

Caution: Do not use a shaving gel for this technique as it will not have the same effect on the fabric.

Using white wine and baking soda to remove red wine stains from clothes

Using baking soda after pouring white wine on the stain

This method works best for dried red wine stains. 

  • Place the garment in a clean tub or bucket. 
  • Pour white wine directly onto the stain (The quantity should be enough to submerge the stained area).
  • Now, mix 1 teaspoon with 3 teaspoons of baking soda to create a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste directly onto the stain. 
  • Leave the garment for at least 1 hour. 
  • If you notice the fabric getting dry, sprinkle some distilled water. 
  • Rinse the garment with clean and cool water. The stain will be removed at this stage. 
  • Wash the garment as usual.

To know more uses of baking soda, you can check out our article – Top 5 Uses Of Baking Soda In Laundry.

If you think you don’t have time for removing stains at home, don’t worry. 

Key Takeaway

It is not impossible to remove red wine stains from clothes. You just have to treat it and use the right product in the right way to remove stains. We have already listed 8 tested methods, you can prefer any of them depending on the condition of the stain (dry or wet). In case your garment is labelled as “dry clean only”, then we do not recommend using any of these stain remover methods. You can try using a home dry cleaning sheet. These kits have a stain remover formulated to be used on delicate “dry clean only” clothes. However, it is best to send such clothes to dry cleaners near you as they need special attention and they may get damaged by general washing and stain removal methods.

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