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Tricks to Remove Red Wine Stains

Wine stains happen to the best of us, it’s just one of the risks of loving red wine so much. And whether it be your clothes, couch, tablecloth, or rug, when you watch someone else (or yourself) spill wine, it feels like it happens in slow motion. But the good news is red wine doesn’t have to ruin the night.

If you act quickly it’s possible to get red wine out of anything and everything. Immediately blot the area with a paper towel or cloth to soak up as much red wine as possible then use one of our red wine removal tricks below.


Salt works best when getting wine stains out of carpets and rugs. You’ll want to cover the entire stain with salt until you can no longer see the red wine stain. Let the salt soak up and absorb all the wine, then simply vacuum everything up.

White Vinegar

White vinegar works great when you spill red wine on your clothes. Cover the entire stain with white vinegar and let it sit for around 10 minutes. Then throw your clothes in the wash using hot water.

Boiling Water

Using boiling water to get rid of red wine stains works perfectly for tablecloths. This is a trick from the hospitality industry, so you know it’s got to work. Boil water in a tea kettle or in a pot. While waiting for the water to boil, take a glass bowl and put it in your sink then stretch the part with the stain over the bowl and secure it with a rubber band. Then pour the water directly over the stain and it should wash right out!


Bleach is, of course, best for white fabrics. Simply soak the fabric in bleach for 10-15 minutes and then wash with hot water. This method is also best for a stain that’s already dried, we suggest trying the other methods first and using bleach as a last resort.

Hydrogen Peroxide with Detergent

Hydrogen peroxide with dishwashing detergent is another great option for clothes. Mix together a 1:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing detergent, pour it over the wine stain, let it soak in for about 10 minutes, then wash like normal. This mixture works best on lighter clothing because hydrogen peroxide has a tendency to lighten darker-colored clothing.


And if all else fails, run to the store and grab Wine Away which may be the fastest and easiest sure-proof method out there.

As you can see there are plenty of tricks to get a red wine stain out from all kinds of fabrics. At least one (or two) of them should get that pesky wine stain out!

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