How to remove wine stains

Wine stains can be disturbing, especially when they dry off on clothing, couch, or carpet, and trying to remove wine stains can be difficult. It is advisable to deal with a wine stain immediately after a spill. Red wine consists of tannin, which results in a permanent stain. However, you should not worry, seeing that the stains can be removed easily. The faster the wine stain is dealt with, the more chances the fabric is safe. Therefore, it is important to learn cleaning tricks.  This article covers various ways you can clean wine stains.

Use Enzyme based cleaners

Enzyme-based cleaners are environmentally friendly and hence cannot cause harm. They work by dissolving organic material. According to Happi, enzyme-based cleaners will reduce the environmental impact of liquid detergents. There are enzyme-based cleaning detergents that are made to deal with wine stains.  Here are some enzyme-based wine stain removers.

  • Wine away

Wine Away is a wine stain remover that is made from fruits and vegetable extracts that are non-toxic. This stain remover is used on carpets, clothes, and couches. Wine away gets rid of fresh and dry wine stains on anything. It is very effective and does not bleach clothes.

  • Wine off

Wine off is a friendly wine stain remover because it does not contain bleaching properties, alcohol, or peroxide. It removes wine stains, especially red-coloured stains. Unlike other removers, wine off is enzyme-based or made. It is effective since it removes both fresh and dry stains on fabrics. Due to its fresh and delicate fragrance, it can be used to remove odours. The stain remover can also be used on carpets and linen.

  • The Amazing Whip-It

This is a natural plant-based enzyme cleaner. It is user-friendly and has a wide range of other uses apart from removing wine stains. This product works by breaking the chemical bonds of the stains. Amazing Whip-it does not contain bleaching components. Spray on the affected area and wipe off with a towel or cloth. Other uses include cleaning machinery and equipment.

  • Chateau Spill

Chateau Spill is used for both fresh and old wine stains. The stain remover is in the form of spray and wipes. Wine lovers are recommended to have the bottle spray or the wipes when taking wine. Lastly, this remover is certified to use on clothes and handle stains on carpets.

  •  MiBiokleen Bac-Out

As an enzyme-based stain remover, bac-out is user-friendly since it does not contain chemicals. It uses enzymes to break down the wine stains. Unlike the others, bac-out does not leave spots on the fabric. It also gives fast results.

  • Amazing Red Wine Stain Remover

The stain remover uses natural enzymes to get rid of both stains and odor on carpets and clothes. It is safe to use at home in the presence of pets and children. This remover is in the form of a spray or a pour-out product.

Mix hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing detergent (clothes)

Hydrogen peroxide is known for its bleaching effects. Therefore, stains fade immediately after soaking in the mixture. You can clean the stain from fabrics by mixing equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing detergent. Soak the fabric in the mixture and wash it after few minutes.  Mix equal parts of the hydrogen peroxide and the detergent

Use bleach on white fabrics

This method is only recommended for white clothes. It may be helpful. However, it cannot be used for all wine spills. Once your cloth has a wine stain, soak it in bleach for 10 minutes. Wash it off in hot water. The stain will disappear completely.

Apply white vinegar and a laundry detergent

Immediately after the wine spill, pour white vinegar on the spot. The white vinegar neutralizes the stains. Use any liquid detergent after the white vinegar and wash your clothing in hot water. The stain will disappear completely.

Hot milk

Milk contains absorbing properties that are helpful in red wine stain removal. Cold milk may be used, but heating the milk increases the absorption properties. If a wine spills, bloat the affected area and then pour the milk on the spot. Leave it for some minutes to be absorbed. The stain disappears, and the cloth can be washed as usual.

Hot water

If other stain removal agents cannot be accessed, hot water may be a solution. In other cases, cold water may be used, but hot water is perfect for many fabrics. In case the wine stain is on a removable cloth, remove it and pour hot water on the stain. Most notably, do not use dry heat after wetting your cloth until you are sure the stain is completely gone.

Use salt or baking soda

The use of salt and baking soda is effective if they are applied immediately after the wine spill.  Use a white piece of cloth to check if the wine comes up. Put salt or baking soda on the wine stain. Wait for 3 to 5 minutes. Pour hot water around the stain until all the salt or baking soda is melted and absorbed. Rinse the fabric and repeat severally until the stain is completely removed. Once the stain is clear, wash your fabric normally.

Ice water /club soda/ salt

According to Merry Maids, a cleaning expert, colour-safe cloth with wine stains can be cleaned using this method. Start by absorbing the wine immediately, and use a large bowl to spread over the affected area. Add club soda or ice water on the spot, then put salt on the stain. Leave it for 5 minutes, then add hot water to rinse it.

First aid steps to remove wine stains on fabrics

Act fast 

The longer the stain stays, the harder it becomes hard to remove.

Absorb the liquid thoroughly

Use a clean piece of white cloth or paper towel to absorb the wine. Start from the outside as you go inside.  This step allows you to soak more wine and remain with less to clean. Make sure you do the process gently.

Follow the cleaning suggestions mentioned

Before you use the cleaning products, ensure the item’s colour is safe and can be cleaned.


Enzyme-based cleaners are ideal for removing wine stains since they are non-toxic and friendly to human beings and pets. Henceforth, wine lovers should have stain removers or wipes at home. Furthermore, you can use other products like Hydrogen peroxide or bleach.

Note that different stains require a different stain remover. Some products may work effectively on fabrics and bad on couches or carpets. Also, do not dry the fabric after cleaning the spot. This can reverse the process and form a permanent stain.

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