How To Remove Wine Stains

Sometimes we get drunk and spill stuff.

And sometimes we’re sober and we spill stuff. Either way, it’s never good because we just wasted wine and it usually stains. I’ve done this too many times to count so you could call me a red wine stain removing professional. I might make it my full time gig. There are several different ways you can remove red wine, depending on what type of fabric you’re dealing with. 

#1 – You spill wine on your carpet. First steps, blot (don’t rub!!) as much of the wine up as you can with a cloth. Then pour table salt all over the stain until you cannot see the stain anymore. As the salt dries, it should soak up the wine. Once everything is completely dry, vacuum it up! This is kind of similar to the wet phone/rice combo.

#2 – If you spill on anything white, bleach will do the trick. I’ve saved many white dresses from a doomed fate with a little bleach and a washing machine.

#3 – Another great clothing trick is to mix equal parts of Dawn dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Once applied to the stain you will see the stain start to immediately fade. Once it has soaked in you can wash the clothing with your normal laundry. This works the best on light clothes!

#4 – You can also use white wine the same way you used the salt in #1. The white wine will neutralizes the red wine stain and help you remove it. However, I don’t suggest this method because you’ve already wasted red wine by spilling it so why waste good white wine too?

So there you have it friends. I hope these four DIY removers work for you, but even more, I hope that you stop spilling wine. If you really can’t stop, then maybe switch to a white wine and bubbly instead.

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  1. This is really helpful info! I need to make it a rule to never wear a light colored shirt when red wine is involved. I always seem to spill 🙂

    1. you’re welcome. You and I have to work on the whole “not spilling” thing.. it’s way harder than it sounds 😉

  2. Since I only currently do white… I will need this for when I get a house and my friends spill their reds everywhere loll

  3. Haha, love how we never want to waste any wine! 😉
    Thanks for the tips, I’ll probably remember to “Blot” and not rub the stain out. And to use the salt trick!

  4. I’ve never heard of the salt trick! That is fantastic!! Totally a klutz and will need this at least once or a billion times in my life. (I’ve saved red for at home only. Now I can drink where evers!! BAH HA HA!)