Looking for homemade red wine stain removers? Below are 7 different ways you can remove red wine stains from carpet using ingredients you already have in your kitchen!
I drink a lot of red wine. It’s my favorite way to wind down after a long day and show some self care.
I also have two young kids, and new carpet in my house, so I knew it was only a matter of time before red wine was inevitably spilled on our new carpet.
One evening, about two months after the installation of the carpet, sure enough, it happened. I had my Schott Zwiesel Crystal wine glass, half way filled with a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon, and my daughter’s hand makes an emphatic sweeping gesture, knocking the glass off the table, right onto the carpet.
My fiance jumped up to grab a rag and started vigorously rubbing the red wine spots in the carpet. So I immediately jumped up and yelled STOP!
Note – you should never rub the wine spot. That will just disperse the wine farther into more of your carpet. The trick is to blot the wine with a paper towel, NOT rub it in.
He was pretty distressed, but as a wine-spilling expert, I assured him there were a hundred different red wine stain removers, and removing the stain was going to be a cinch!
If you’ve found yourself with a large red wine stain in the center of your floor, don’t panic – just try one of these red wine stain removers.
Red Wine Stain Removers
The first thing to do when you spill wine on the carpet is to use a towel or paper towels to blog (not rub!) as much of the wine out of the carpet as you can. Next, try one of these red wine stain removers.
Sprinkle baking soda right onto the stained carpet and the baking soda will help pull the red wine out of the carpet. Allow it to sit for 3 – 5 minutes. Then vacuum up the baking soda, revealing stain-free carpet underneath.
Similar to baking soda, salt can help pull the red wine out of the carpet. You’ll pour salt onto the red wine, until you can no longer see the stain. Allow the salt to dry, then vacuum all of the salt.
Pouring hot water onto the stain will cause the red wine molecules to release from the carpet fibers, so you can blot at the stain and soak up more of the remaining red wine stain. Remember – blot, don’t scrub.
Dawn Dish Soap & Hydrogen Peroxide
Combine equal parts dawn dish soap with hydrogen peroxide and mix well. Pour or spray the solution directly onto the stain and allow it to soak for 5 – 10 minutes. Blot dry.
Club Soda & White Vinegar
Mix together equal parts club soda with white vinegar and pour or spray onto the stain. Allow to sit 10 – 15 minutes, then blot dry.
Laundry Detergent & White Vinegar
Pour or spray white vinegar onto the stain, and cover with laundry detergent. Blot gently into the carpet, then allow to dry. Vacuum up when completely dry.
OxiClean is another great red wine stain remover! Just mix together oxiclean with water (according to the label instructions), apply to the stain and wait 20 minutes. Blot up any remaining oxiclean and enjoy your newly stain-free carpet!
Bonus: Go for White Next Time
I am a red wine drinker, through and through, but will occasionally mix it up and grab a bottle of white. If you’re tired of cleaning up red wine stains and want to taste some good white wines, check out my post on the most affordable wine clubs in 2019.
Know Any Other Red Wine Stain Removers?
Do you know any other great red wine stain removers that I missed? Please leave a comment below and share them with us!