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How to Get Red Wine Out of Fabric

It happens to the best of us – you have a few friends over for a dinner party and someone inevitably knocks over a glass of wine onto your new t-shirt or your linen couch. We like to think that red wine stains are a sign of a good night but that doesn’t make it any less stressful to try and remove the stain, right?


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How to Get Red Wine Out of Fabric

In this quick guide on how to remove red wine stains from fabric, we’ll tell you the three best ingredients to use on most fabrics that will get red wine right out in no time.

How to Get Red Wine Out of Fabric Using Pantry Staples

When it comes to red wine, there are three things that are absolute must-haves in your pantry cupboard for when those spills occur.

  • Table Salt

  • Sparkling Water

  • Milk

Here’s how to use them:

  • For fresh red wine stains on fabric, grab the table salt and shake a thick layer of salt over the stain. Rub it in a little with your fingers and leave to soak up the red wine for at least an hour, if not more. The quicker you act with this one, the better the result.

  • If you have sparkling water, pour a generous amount of it over the stain. The stain should bubble and fizz and you should be able to watch it lift out of the fabric. Add more club soda if needed as the stain continues to fizz away.

  • If you want to, why not try salt and sparkling water together? Cover the stain with salt first, then pour sparkling water over it. The combination of these two ingredients should work wonders against the stain.

  • Milk is a good solution, but only if you don’t have one of the two ingredients above. Simply pour the milk over the stain and allow it to sit and soak for at least an hour. Don’t rub the stain, as this could cause it to spread.

Once you’ve treated the red wine stain with one of our suggestions above, it’s now time to give it a good wash.

What Cleaning Products to Use When Removing Wine Stains from Fabric

If you’re wondering what removes red wine stains from fabric in terms of cleaning products, then we’re going to recommend that you always have these laundry and kitchen detergents on hand:

  • Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid

  • Surf Hand Washing Powder

  • OMO Auto Washing Powder

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All of these products work really well to remove red wine stains from fabric once you’ve pre-treated them with one of the suggested methods above.

Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid is a particularly great stain remover when it comes to red wine and you can actually use it directly on the red wine stain if you don’t have salt, sparkling water or milk. Sunlight also works really well at breaking down greasy and fatty stains like oil and butter, as well as coffee and tea.

Whether you hand wash your clothing or machine wash them, you can’t go wrong with washing your clothing with OMO Auto Washing Liquid for machines and Surf Hand Washing powder for hand washing. Both work brilliantly in removing tough stains from your clothing and maintaining the brightness of your garments.

Is Baking Soda Effective at Removing Wine Stains

Baking soda is an effective stain remover for red wine stains that have already dried. You simply need to mix a solution of white vinegar and baking soda into a paste. Rub it over the dried stain thoroughly with a teaspoon and allow it to soak for about an hour. Wash normally with Skip or Surf thereafter.

For more tips on how to tackle other tough stains, read our blog, Tough Stains: No Problem now.

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Is red wine easy to get out of clothing fabrics?

The quicker you treat the stain, the easier it will be to remove. As soon as the red wine spills, try to treat it immediately with one of the three ingredients we suggest above; table salt, sparkling water or milk.

Does red wine come out of fabric?

If you pre-treat and wash the fabric well, you should definitely be able to get rid of a red wine stain for good. Follow our easy guide on how to get rid of red wine stains above now.

Are red wine stains permanent?

They don’t have to be well-treated. If a stain has dried already and you’re only able to treat it long after the accident has happened, then try and use a solution of white vinegar and baking soda to soak into a stubborn, dried stain.

What can I use to remove red wine stains from clothes?

The top three must-haves in your pantry to get rid of red wine stains are table salt, sparkling water and milk. Once you’ve treated the stain, simply wash normally with your favourite laundry detergent and you should be good to go!

Can baking soda remove red wine stains?

A paste of baking soda and white vinegar works really well to remove dried red wine stains on fabric.

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