How to Remove a Red Wine Stain

No need to panic if someone spills red wine on your crisp white shirt, tablecloth, or other washable fabric. In a few easy steps—see the video—the fabric can look as good as new.

What You Need

  • large bowl
    clean cloth
    cool water
    pot holder
    boiling water
Follow These Five Easy Steps
  1. Blot the stain

    Drape the stained fabric over an empty bowl, centering the stain within the rim. Using a clean, dry cloth, dab at the stain to absorb excess liquid. Don’t rub, which can set the stain.

  2. Pour cool water on stain

    Be sure you cover the entire stain with water.

  3. Cover with salt

    Saturate the stain with a generous amount of salt and let sit until the salt begins to absorb the stain (it will start to turn pink). The sooner salt is applied, the easier it will be to lift the stain.

  4. Boil water and pour

    Slowly—and carefully—pour boiling water onto the stain from a height of about six to eight inches. Let sit until the stain lifts.

  5. Soak in vinegar mix and wash

    If the stain doesn't come out after following the steps above, soak the cloth in a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water. Once the stain lightens, launder the item as usual.

    Tip: Avoid putting the cloth in the dryer until the stain is completely removed. The heat will cause the stain to set.

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