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Removing a red wine stain

By Dr. Laundry September 28, 2012

I spilled red wine all over my favorite shirt! What can I do to get it out?

Unfortunately for red wine lovers, although the tannins help make great red wines, they also really add difficulty to the removal of wine stains. The first step for you is to quickly blot up excess red wine with a paper towel or cloth, or use Club Soda to help bubble the wine off the fabric; blot away excess

From here, if your stained item is white:


  1. Rub stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before laundering

  2. Wash immediately in warm water with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach

  3. Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat steps above.


If your stained item has color or contains spandex:

  1. Again, quickly blot up excess red wine with a paper towel or cloth, or use Club Soda to help bubble the wine off the fabric; blot away excess

  2. Then apply Liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster directly to the stain and rub in.  Wait 3-5 minutes, then wash immediately in hottest water recommended using detergent and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster

  3. Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat steps above.