A vintage red wine is the perfect way to enjoy a meal or unwind after a long day at work. Unfortunately, if it’s spilled on your clothing or carpet, it can become quite troublesome. To help, below are five tips for cleaning red wine spills.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
One tool you can use to remove a red wine stain is hydrogen peroxide. It is included in small amounts in many household products such as disinfectants. Look to see if you have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet.
If you find it, you can apply it directly to the stain. Next, rinse the fabric out with cold water and then put it in your washing machine with some regular strength laundry detergent. The stain should be removed after the washing cycle ends. This remedy works best with clothing and linens. It’s not the best option for carpet.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda, however, may be even better at fighting red wine stains than hydrogen peroxide. This is especially the case if the stain is on carpet. The first step to using this remedy is simply sprinkling the stain with baking soda.
Second, pat the baking soda covered stain with a damp cloth until it changes into a paste like form. At this point, the stain should turn from red to blue. You may be able to lift it directly out of the cloth or carpet. Baking soda can also be added to stained clothing before it’s put into the laundry.
Salt is probably not as effective as baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Still, if you don’t have those on hand, salt may be your next best option. Keep this tip in mind if you ever accidentally spill some red wine on yourself at a restaurant.
Sprinkle the salt on the stain and pat it in. The chemical composition of salt causes it to draw the moisture out of things. It could do this with red wine. After applying the salt, rinse with some cold water.
4. White Wine
This may seem strange, but you can actually fight a red wine stain with white wine. If you have both on hand, this may be a good option. Dab the red wine stain with a clothed dipped in white wine. After doing so, throw the fabric into the washing machine with some laundry detergent. It may do the trick.
5. Wine Away
Lastly, there are products that are created with the sole intent of removing wine stains. Most of them are simple enough to use, you just spray directly onto a red wine stain. After waiting 30 seconds for the solution to take effect, the stain can be rubbed out until it disappears.
If you drink a lot of red wine, you may want to consider a product like Wine Away. The standard two ounce bottle is also small enough that it can be conveniently stored in a purse.