1. Keep it wet
Even if you cannot properly treat the red wine stain immediately it is still best to keep the stain damp. You can use water, club soda or even white wine. I guess you can sit, relax and enjoy a glass of Orvieto Classico while you are waiting. Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad.
Blot the edges of the stain to prevent it from spreading. Don’t forget to use cold water, not warm.
2. Add salt
If you are unable to treat the stain right away then you can pour a thick layer of salt over the stain to prevent it from spreading and even worse, setting in. Remove the salt when you are free to treat the stain.
3. Soap and peroxide
One simple home remedy is to mix equal parts of soap (hand soap or liquid detergent) with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide. Blot the stain once mixed. Ensure that you are only soaking the section of the stain and not unintentionally spreading the mixture on clean parts of the fabric.
Let the solution sit for a few minutes then wash the garment or fabric as you normally would with soap and water. If possible, test a small area of the fabric beforehand to make sure the mixture will not discolor the material.
4. Vinegar, soap and water
In two cups of lukewarm water mix one tablespoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid soap (liquid detergent works). Blot continuously while interchanging between a wet rag with the solution and a clean rag with cold water. The clean, damp rag is intended to pick up the stain and remove the solution.
If the stain is not 100% removed after a few minutes then revert to the soap and hydrogen peroxide mixture above.
5. Baking soda
If the stain has been lingering on your shirt or in your carpet over night because you just didn’t notice it, then you need some serious red wine stain removal action.
First soak the stain with club soda, then lather on a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water. Let that sit for a few hours, but keep soaking it periodically. Remove the paste then wash as normal.