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Stain Away! Home Remedies To Banish That Wine Stain From Your Dress

So, you’re out doing your thing for Christmas celebration: mingling around like the social butterfly that you are, dancing, kissing under the mistletoe, giving your toast and raising your glass. But suddenly, one slip of the wrist—oops! And now you’ve got a dark mark on your favorite dress!


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But, don’t fret! Wine stains are a common conundrum, with plenty of solutions offered. Good news is, most of these solutions come from home remedies, and common kitchen ingredients. You may have to do a little, cautious trial-and-error to see which method will work best. ‘Just don’t toss out that pretty dress quite yet!

First and foremost, take some tissues and paper towels and make sure to blot out (don’t rub!) as much of the wine as best as you can. Then check your pantry for these stain removers:




Preferably while the stain is still damp, if not, start with a damp cloth and blot the stain a little. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt over the stain, until the salt covers it entirely; salt is known to absorb moisture, and will help suck out the wine from the fabric. Leave overnight, and you should see the stain fade, if not totally eradicated.


Carbonated Water


If the salt method still leaves some marks, follow up with this method. Pour club soda over the affected area, and gently blot out. It is believed that the carbon dioxide in the liquid helps to remove the stains. This method is popularly used with the salt method. You can even start with damping the stained area with carbonated water, blot out, and then pour salt over to leave overnight. ‘Just make sure to use a colorless soda!


Hydrogen Peroxide and Dishwashing Detergent


Mix equal parts dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide, then gently dab over the affected area. Dab more of the mixture as needed, and let set a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. Be careful with the hydrogen peroxide, as it has a tendency to bleach clothes if used in excess.


Baking Soda


You’ll need to make a little paste of this by mixing a 3-to-1 ratio of baking soda and water. Once you’ve achieved the desired consistency, apply the paste to the dampened, stained area. Let sit overnight, or until dry. Then, take your handheld vacuum, and gently absorb out the white powder. Rinse slightly to remove any white residue.


Vodka or Gin


Vodka, Gin or any clear alcohol can help loosen up the red stains made from wine. Soak a cloth with the alcohol of choice, and dab on to the stained area, allow it to sit for a few minutes until you see the stain loosen a bit; you should see some red pigments get soaked with the vodka. Repeat until the stain fades.