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Non-Toxic Way to Get Red Wine Stains Out

Non-Toxic Way to Get Red Wine Stains Out

Dear Annie, What is the best method for removing red wine from white cotton? The tablecloth has a embroidered/color border. The stain sat for several days before it was detected. –Sally, TX

The best way or removing a red wine stain is to stretch the fabric over a pan in the sink, and pour boiling water over the stain from a height of three to four feet. This works most successfully when the stain is fresh.

Next try soaking the red wine in white wine to bleach it out. Finally, cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste, leave it for a few hours keeping it moist by spraying it with water from a spray bottle. Wash as normal.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:05AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

WOW i gotta try these tips. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

11:48AM PST on Feb 12, 2013


1:47AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing :)

1:18PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank you

8:34PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Baking soda is so incredibly useful for spills!

9:52AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011


9:42PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Helpful info - thanks for posting.

1:53PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Oxiclean and boiling water (it may also work with cold water, but never tried), soak stain that has never been put through the laundry until it disappears then launder as normal. This works on both white and colored fabrics and I believe that Oxiclean powder is non-toxic.

9:54AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Great, I'll try it

6:46AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

thanks for the tips

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