How to Get out Red Wine Stains

Thinking of switching to white wine just to avoid stains? Memorize these cleaning tips instead.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • White wine, club soda, or cold water
  • A white cloth napkin or clean white T-shirt
  • Salt
  • Liquid enzyme detergent
  • Spot stain remover
  • Borax or baking soda
  • A clean toothbrush
  • A vacuum


  1. Step 1

    Use white on red

    Pour white wine or club soda on the stain while it's still wet – just make sure the fabric is washable. If you don't have either, use cold water.

  2. Step 2

    Blot it

    Blot it with a white cloth napkin or a clean white T-shirt.

  3. Step 3

    Sprinkle salt

    Sprinkle salt on the stain to absorb the remaining moisture. Let it stand for a few minutes.

  4. Step 4


    Rinse in cold water. If the stain remains, repeat the process until you've removed as much as possible.

  5. Step 5


    Dab a little liquid-enzyme detergent into the wine stain; find it at the supermarket. Let it stand for about 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water and rubbing out the stain.

  6. Step 6


    If you can still see the stain, apply a spot stain remover before machine-washing in cold water with a liquid-enzyme detergent.

  7. Step 7

    For carpet spills, blot up as much of the red wine as you can with a clean cloth and then saturate the stain with club soda or cold water and blot that up. Repeat until the stain is gone.

  8. Step 8

    Try baking soda

    If repeated saturating and blotting does not remove the whole thing, make a paste of three parts borax or baking soda to one part water. Gently rub the paste into the stain with a clean toothbrush and let it sit. Vacuum up the paste when it is completely dry. Repeat as necessary.

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