Don’t Cry Over Spilled Wine!

Wine Spill

Your white dress, the table cloth, your expensive carpet, a white shirt – it looks like the crime of the century has just been committed – there’s blood-red wine all over! Don’t wait! Get on it, time is important.

What’s available in the kitchen to get rid of the stains? Here’s a list of the primary antidotes:

  • Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda,
  • Vinegar
  • Club soda
  • Salt
  • White wine
  • A couple of clean towels for blotting.

Before you go for the entire list, use a dry towel to carefully blot the stains to rid the item of as much wine as possible. (DON’T RUB! That forces the stain deeper into the fibers). Then take the salt shaker and cover the stains with salt until you can’t see the stain. Salt will act as a buffer to keep the stain from setting. Let the salt stand for 3 or 4 minutes, and then choose your solution

Do you have white wine handy? Pour it over the stain, regardless of whether or not you put salt on it. White wine will neutralize the red wine and make it easier to lift the color from your carpet or clothing. Gently blot the stains again. If the stains are still visible, pour club soda over them. Carbonation helps lift the pigment now that the salt has buffered it. Blot again!

Okay, so you don’t have salt, club soda or white wine. Get a bottle of vinegar from the cabinet and pour it on the stains. It’s a perfect neutralizer of the red pigment and can be combined with a light detergent or club soda to rinse the stain. Then blot! Wait a few minutes and repeat the process if necessary.

Finally, for the really equipped home, there’s hydrogen peroxide you can spray or pour on the stains. Follow this with a generous covering of baking soda (not baking powder). Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse with water. Assuming you’re not in the middle of a dinner party, drop any clothing items and table cloths in the laundry and wash them as soon as possible.


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