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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Step 10 Dry it When the stain is completely removed, dry the article as you normally would. Cheers!