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How to Remove a Red Wine Stain

Updated on August 11, 2015

Removing a Red Wine Stain from Clothing with Wine Away

With having three kids (and being a bit clumsy myself) I have had plenty of opportunity to test stain removers. I am a big fan of Oxi Clean to remove stains, and in particular Baby Oxi seems to work wonders, but for removing red wine stains from clothing, Wine Away is the best product I have found.

Before: The huge Zinfandel stain on my brother-in-law's white jacket.
Before: The huge Zinfandel stain on my brother-in-law's white jacket.
After applying Wine Away, the stain starts to turn purple. This is normal.
After applying Wine Away, the stain starts to turn purple. This is normal.
After a washing with cold water.
After a washing with cold water.
No more wine!
No more wine!

My brother-in-law recently spilled a glass of Zinfandel, a deep red wine, on his white jacket. Luckily, I had some Wine Away stain remover on hand. We promptly applied the Wine Away, spraying all of the areas where he had spilled the wine. As you can see from the pictures, the wine instantly started to turn a purplish color. This is common with this product.

After waiting a few minutes we applied the Wine Away a few more times, until the red wine color was almost gone. Since the stain was on a white jacket, we used multiple applications (about a third of my bottle). On the grey part of his jacket, however, one spray of Wine Away and the stain was gone. I would expect this is common with wine stains on fabrics that have color.

While it was still damp, I ran the jacket through the washing machine on cold. I would recommend washing the garment as soon as the wine color has faded. Don't wait until the next day. When the jacket came out, it looked like new. The only remaining element was that the jacket still smelled of oranges. Wine Away has an orange smell which, I think, is preferable over a chemical smell. He probably will have to wash the jacket again to remove the smell, but the red wine stain is gone.

After: Stain completely gone!
After: Stain completely gone!

Removing Stains from Carpet and Upholstery

I haven't used the Wine Away product on carpet yet. I have used it on upholstery, however, and it worked great.

When removing stains from carpet or upholstery, it is especially important to test the product on a small area before broadly applying. I have had good luck with Baby Oxi (better than regular Oxi). I simply diluted the Baby Oxi with water and scrubbed it on the stain. If the stain is really stubborn, I wet the stain, apply the Oxi directly, and let it sit, sometimes for days. It seems to work best when it is like a paste—slightly wet. You have to be careful though, as the product can bleach out an item a little bit.

Overall, I highly recommend these two products. For tips on removing permanent marker stains from painted walls, visit one of my other Hubs here. If you have other favorite products or tips that help remove stains, please leave a comment below.

Stain Removal Products I Love

Epic Products 79-017 Wine Away Stain Remover, 8 oz., Multicolor
Epic Products 79-017 Wine Away Stain Remover, 8 oz., Multicolor

I have one of these bottles on hand at all times. I've never found one that works better.

OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker 3.5 Pounds
OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker 3.5 Pounds

For some reason, Baby Oxi works better than regular OxiClean. I have used it on the toughest stains and it is a miracle. My method: wet the stain, rub the Oxi into the damp area until it is more of a paste, let it sit. Continue to wet the area and add more Oxi until the stain is gone. Wash the clothing as you normally would in the washing machine.


Have any other stain removal tips? Please leave them here!

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Robin! Very useful for everyday use and knowledge! Voted up!

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      The Family CEO 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing this. I saw Wine Away recently at World Market and wondered if it really worked. Now I know!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for good and helpful advice.

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      Cheryl Corn 7 years ago

      As VP and co-owner of the company that manufacturers Wine Away, I so appreciate you taking the time to document your experience with photos. We would love to feature your story on our website. Is is possible to forward the photos to me?

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      donnaleemason 7 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Good to know. I am a bit clumsy myself.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, that's pretty impressive. Love looking at the photo progression. Very cool!

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      sjk6101983 7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      here's another one you should try: dish soap. I'm a fashion/retail marketing major, and one semester in one of my classes, my teacher was teaching us how to clean certain fabrics and textiles. she said that dish soap supposedly works really good on wine stains. just don't quote me on that.

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      Robin Edmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco


      Thanks for the comment! That red wine at Brad's wedding was so delicious! I notice that they sell Wine Away at most wineries. Very smart.



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      YoJDawg 7 years ago from Arroyo Grande

      wine away is amazing, at the Wrage wedding i spilled some red wine on my dress shirt and it went away as soon as it got sprayed, i almost cried