It is amazing when you are out for dinner, enjoying your wine while having a laugh until… the glass drops. It may happen, but suddenly your white shirt has red wine stains. Do not panic! A wine stain can be removed, you just need to know some hacks!
How to get rid of wine stains
If you are out, start fixing the issue with some sparkling water: immediately rub the fabric and it will already be more faded. Once you are back home, put your clothes in the washing machine as usual.
Amongst traditional remedies, Marseille soap is always one of the most reliable; take the soap and wet it down, then rub it on the stain before placing it in the washing machine, without rinsing. You can adopt this method both for fresh or dry stains.
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Remove wine stains once back home
When you are back home it is easier to get several objects that can help you removing any sort of stain. For us, the best solutions are:
- White vinegar and alcohol: ideal even for the most delicate fabrics. Soak the clothes in denatured alcohol and then wash them with vinegar (the white one, used in the kitchen). Then, wash in the washing machine as usual.
- Lemon juice: the remedy you don’t expect! This trick to eliminate red wine stains is one of the most functional on both fresh and dry stains. Take the lemon and pour the juice on the stain, along with a few drops of liquid soap. Let it work for a few minutes and then wash it in the washing machine.
- Toothpaste: Is the fridge empty? You can use toothpaste! When the stain is completely dry apply it, leaving it to act for a long time. Of course, you can only use it on the most resistant fabrics and avoid it on colored garments: if the toothpaste is a whitener, in fact, it is likely to fade the garments!
How to get fresh wine stains out
When the stain is still fresh you can act immediately using coarse salt. The salt, thanks to its hygroscopic features (ability to absorb water in the surrounding environment), absorbs the stain. It is better to leave it for at least half an hour, before brushing and then washing in the washing machine.
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If the fabric is resistant, you can also try with a mix of hydrogen peroxide and soap: this mixture should be rubbed with a sponge on the stain. The fabric must only be white, otherwise you will end up discolouring it! Before putting in the washing machine, rinse with plenty of cold water.