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How To Remove Red Wine From Fabric

Drinking red wine may be good for your heart, but spilling it down your shirt is bad for the ego. Redeem yourself by eradicating the stain.


  • Step 1: Take it off Take off the article of clothing.
  • Step 2: Blot stain Blot the stain immediately—don’t rub—with a clean white cloth on both sides of the fabric.
  • Step 3: Pour white wine If you must continue wearing the garment before you can launder it, stretch the fabric over a sink or basin and carefully pour white wine, which will help displace the red color, over the stain.
  • TIP: If you don’t have white wine, and if the fabric can withstand it, stretch and secure the fabric over a sink or basin and pour boiling water from a foot or two above the stain.
  • Step 4: Blot with water Wet a clean cloth and blot the stained area from both sides of the fabric.
  • Step 5: Blot dry Blot the area dry with a cloth from both sides of the fabric.
  • TIP: If the fabric can normally be dried without shrinking, blow a hairdryer on the wet area to speed the drying process.
  • Step 6: Soak it If you’re able to change clothes immediately, skip the white wine and, after blotting the stain, soak the entire article in a sink or basin of cool water for up to 30 minutes.
  • Step 7: Use stain remover Treat the stain with stain remover, according to the product directions.
  • Step 8: Wash it Wash the item as you usually would.
  • Step 9: Check and treat again Before drying the item, check the stain—if it hasn’t been removed completely, treat the stain and wash the item again before drying.
  • TIP: For stubborn stains, pour a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide on the stain, but first dab a little on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t cause discoloration.
  • Step 10: Dry it When the stain is completely removed, dry the article as you normally would. Cheers!
  • FACT: It takes 75 grapes to make one glass of wine.

You Will Need

  • Clean white cloths
  • White wine
  • A sink or basin
  • Cool water
  • Prewash stain remover
  • And a washing machine
  • Boiling water (optional)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional)
  • Dishwashing liquid (optional)

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