Posted By Heather Rusick on 12/28/12 5:08 AM

wine spill on carpet

Red wine: A friend to a holiday party but an enemy to light-colored carpets. If your guests’ had a little too much fun this holiday and your carpets suffered the ultimate red wine sacrifice, not to  worry; there is still hope that your security deposit won’t be held ransom for your friends ‘red wine’ mistakes.

The best homemade remedies for your red wine remover are just steps away from your kitchen, so walk on over and pullout the products listed below to start your red wine removal journey. First, remember when treating a red wine stain, NEVER, I repeat NEVER scrub the area! The best solution is to pat dry. The more your scrub the stain the harder it is to get out, trust me I have experience! 

  • ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbs. of Dawn liquid detergent

The most effective method and probably one of the best removers for dried-in wine stains are hydrogen peroxide and Dawn liquid detergent.  Mix this little concoction together and gently place a generous layer over your stubborn stain. Slowly massage the mixture into the carpet fibers with your fingertips, let set for ten minutes or longer (depending on how set-in your stain is), and wipe off. Repeat until your stain is gone.

If that method scares you and you are looking for more natural solutions to remove your red wine stain, try the following:

  • Baking soda and water: mix baking soda and water until it becomes a paste, a 3 to 1 ratio. Place your baking soda paste directly on the stain and let dry. Vacuum away.

CAUTION: your paste will look like a tasty treat, please do not eat - it will make you sick!

  • Club soda and salt: saturate the stain with good-ol-fashion club soda, let sit for ten minutes or so, then blot dry. Sprinkle salt over the stain and leave overnight. Vacuum away.
  • Vinegar and water:  whip up a 50/50 mixture of white distilled vinegar and water and saturate the stain with the solution. Blot away once the stain has disappeared.

Removing red wine stains is definitely harder than a magic trick, but with a little determination and household products that stubborn stain will disappear.


If you are on a time crunch, at minimum blot wine spill, then you can circle back with one of the removers mentioned above.

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