How to Remove Red Wine Stains

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  1. Sue
    June 10, 2009

    The hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent solution worked wonderfully! It took some time and effort, but it was well worth it. I used it on a red wine stain that was dry but only a few hours old.

    Thanks to whomever is responsible for this idea!


  2. Cheryl
    January 5, 2010

    I agree that the tip about the hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent works. I used Ivory because that is what I have on hand. I just cleaned a dried stain of wine that was from a dinner spill. My husband had put some salt on it at the time. I don’t know if that contributed to the ease of cleaning or not.


  3. Red Wine Stain
    June 11, 2010

    I didn’t have hydrogen peroxide on hand so I used OxiClean and Woolite, added a little water to dissolve and make a watery paste, applied to the stain and let sit for while. I checked it every hour and in about four hours the stain was gone. Rinse and reapply if needed.


  4. Susie
    July 7, 2010

    OMG, tried this and it actually worked. The red wine splattered all over my favorite white shirt at lunch, and I couldn’t take it off until later that night, long after it was dried. And I think it’s totally gone. It does take a little time, but so worth it. Thank you!!


  5. Pauchu
    June 10, 2011

    Peroxide and detergent cleaned my two-year-old red wine stain in a mustard colored cotton shirt.


  6. Gemma
    December 19, 2011

    I had a huge red wine stain once on a really delicate, white, woolen-mix dress. Because it was such a delicate fabric I spent loads of time doing research to find a safe way to treat the stain, and eventually found a product that I had to mail order from the US called “Wine Away,” which worked fantastically, and was mild and non-chemical, so it did not damage the fabric at all. I recommend it for red wine stains!


  7. Cheri
    March 26, 2012

    The cream of tartar paste worked for my stain better than the hydrogen peroxide. My stain was only a bottle ring.


  8. Lowell
    May 9, 2012

    WOW! I’m very impressed with the results. Not sure who came up with this “remedy,” but I am betting on a chemistry student!


  9. LindaLu
    July 22, 2012

    Went to a wine tasting, and thought I’d actually come away with no stains on my white Capri pants! No such luck; I got spots on the side and back. I must have sat in some wine. The Dawn and hydrogen peroxide worked wonders! The blotting is also an important part of this, I think. Anyways, thanks loads!


  10. Christine
    August 6, 2012

    We had a mishap with red wine and a brand new yellow shirt while traveling and it was more than 72 hours before we could address it. I had low expectations – but I am amazed! The peroxide and Dawn has removed almost every trace of the wine already. I’m going to look like Super-Wife when my husband sees his clean shirt! Thanks so much for the great tip!


  11. Rosa
    March 31, 2013

    Great tip! Thank you. I poured two parts of the H. peroxide onto the stain on a white linen tablecloth and then one part of the dishwashing liquid, dabbed it with a paper towel and then let it sit for two hours. The stains are gone.


  12. BJ
    May 25, 2013

    Picked up a bottle of red wine at the grocery store today and just kind of rested it on my hip while I looked down at another bottle of wine and crap! – the bottle had been sitting in a puddle of old spilled wine. I was upset, as my shirt was fairly new. Of course it was dry by the time I got home. I poured some club soda over it a couple of times and took some Dawn dishwashing soap and rubbed that on it and viola! – stain gone.


  13. Charlotte
    November 7, 2013

    AMAZING! Used the hydrogen peroxide/Dawn on a dress that had a red wine stain that was three months old and had been put through the dryer already. The stain came off no problem!!


  14. Bob
    November 13, 2013

    OMG; it totally worked!


  15. Neva
    March 26, 2014

    I am so impressed! This worked, first time…HUGE red wine stain completely gone from my very light beige carpet! All I used was the dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide…incredible!


  16. Michele
    June 23, 2014

    Within seconds of spilling red wine, I was at the sink and started treatment on my new linen shirt. The salt did not work; hot water did not work. I had no white wine or Dawn dish soap, but organic dish soap did not work. Mom to the rescue – hydrogen peroxide with a soft toothbrush took it right out, with a water lavage. My guess, anything with peroxide is a better bet – don’t waste the time with beloved material.


  17. Balasundram
    August 5, 2014

    Thanks; very informative.


  18. Emmie
    May 18, 2015

    This worked like a charm on an expensive white table cloth and a week old red wine stain I forgot about. I poured on hydrogen peroxide, drizzled soap on it, and wet it again with hydrogen peroxide while tapping it into the material. I threw it in the wash, and volia! Good as new!


  19. Patrick
    August 5, 2015

    Dish detergent!!!!!!
    That is the cure.
    That is all.
    You’re welcome.


  20. Jennie
    October 3, 2015

    I had a massive red wine stain which I could not attend to at the time because we were in the middle of a dinner party when the glass fell over and so I put it in to soak with Vanish overnight and whilst some of the stain came out, there was still a definite stain remaining. I tried again with more Vanish and eventually found this advice and it seems that the hydrogen peroxide works. I haven’t taken it off yet, but it’s looking good.


  21. Janet
    November 6, 2015

    My stain is on the carpet and it is a little bigger than baseball size… It is brand new multi-colored (brownish black) carpet… the stain is about a week old. I did not want to touch it, as I thought it would make it worse. I called carpet cleaning people, but to no avail; they did not work on stains, nor have advice.

    Please give me specifics as what to do. Some comments use shaving cream, others hydrogen peroxide, or? … I do not want to touch it unless I think it will really work. Please help… Thank you, Janet.


  22. Jose
    November 10, 2015

    Totally works! I had a dried red wine stain and this remedy totally did the trick! I will most definitely be careful next time.


  23. Laure
    November 27, 2015

    I did the peroxide dishwashing liquid stuff. It removed the stain, but my table cloth turned yellowish. Any help there?


  24. Lizzie
    November 28, 2015

    Phew!! Talc worked!

    Here I am with hubby, babies are asleep, we’re enjoying a rare glass of vino, and bam!; I splashed it all over my couch, which is normally forbidden from food and drink (due to such occurrences!)…still reeling from the ‘oh my god, if this were him there would be hell to pay!’

    I did a quick Google search and found this site, saving myself from a disapproving look whilst he’s (quite deservedly) thinking ‘ha ha ha, ha ha ha!’…talc straight on the stain, no bolting before or after, just baby talc. I was working in a darkened room so all I could see was talc, all over my beloved couch. I went to the kitchen for something to remove the talc and found a bank card. Feeling somewhat like a drudgee in a movie, I started scraping at the talc to remove it. It had changed consistency and when I took it out into the light, it seemed pinkish. All talc removed, I got a damp dishcloth and wiped* it clean. *More to be thought of as a scrubbing action as opposed to gentle blotting.

    It worked – yay!!

    …Remaining wine passed to hubby, as I’ve obviously had enough!


  25. Chana
    December 31, 2015

    I had a dried large wine stain on my white challah cover. It’s been there for a few months and I just mixed Palmolive with peroxide and blotted it. The stains disappeared! Now I need to figure out how to get it out of the lace trimming.
    Thank you!


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