How to Remove Red Wine from White Clothing

The slightest drop of red wine on your clothes can be frustrating. On an item of white clothing the colour of a deep red wine stain is exaggerated - but don’t worry, this notoriously difficult to remove stain has met its match with the power of Vanish. 

Vanish has the solution: for white clothes use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Whitener + Stain Remover Powder.

Red Wine on Clothes - For Whites



Vanish Gold Crystal White Fabric Whitener + Stain Remover Powder

Whiter Whites + 30 Second Stain Removal

Vanish Gold Oxi Action Whitener + Stain Remover Powder 

Step 1:

Dissolve one scoop of Vanish Gold Oxi Action powder in four litres of warm water (max 40°).

Step 2:

Soak item for one hour (max) for colours or up to six hours (max) for whites.

Step 3:

Wash as usual with your detergent and add another scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder.


Always follow the usage instructions on the Vanish packaging. Do not use on wool, silk or leather. Do not use on finished or coated surfaces - for example wood, metals etc.

Did This Solve Your Stain?

Other solutions to solve this stain

Didn't find the solution you were looking for?

If you don't have a Vanish stain removal product to hand then don't worry. We're still able to provide some handy hints on how to get red wine out of your clothes. We will help you remove wine stains even once they have dried-in.

Take care as the following alternative methods may not be suitable for use on all types of fabric and do not guarantee results. Always test a small area of fabric first. Wash in the washing machine as normal after treating.  

Some general red wine stain removal tips:

  • Don’t let the stain dry! - Red wine will become harder to remove later if you don't treat immediately.
  • Do not place in a dryer - We would encourage you not to dry a stained item until you have managed to remove the red wine stain as best you can. The intense heat from a dryer can cause the stain to bind to the fabrics, making it harder to remove.
  • Pull the fabric taut - this will allow you to get in between the fibres better, and attack the stain more effectively. You can do this by stretching the garment over a bowl and fastening with an elastic band.
  • Never rub a stain! - Only ever blot / dab the stained area. Rubbing can leave you with a larger stain than when you first started and can even work the stain into the fabric, making it even harder to remove.

If your stain has dried in and you have no Vanish to hand:

  • White vinegar - Dip a clean cloth in white vinegar (not balsamic!) and lightly dab the stain. The red wine stain might not completely fade, but it should lighten in colour.
  • Damp kitchen towel - Blot the area you have spilled the red wine again with a new paper towel dampened with water.
  • If your red wine stain is fresh and you have no Vanish to hand, try the following:
  • Kitchen towel – To make the red wine stain more manageable, blot the excess liquid first (remember not to rub!).
  • Salt – Again, remove excess liquid. Put some salt on the stain as quickly as possible to soak up the red wine. Dab this with a dry cloth. Be careful not to spread the stain round more. Be generous with the amount of salt your putting on the red wine stain, you should see it slowly turn red as the wine is absorbed. After 10 minutes remove the red tinted salt and repeat if necessary.
  • Baking Soda – do not apply as powder, instead make into a paste using cold water. A three to one ratio of water to baking soda should provide you the right consistency. Apply to the affected area and leave to dry. Put it the garment in the wash after.

 Why are red wine stains so hard to remove?

The red, blue and black pigments found in red wine are called anthocyanins and are from the skin of the grapes. They are the cause of red wine stains, as they easily attach themselves to any fibrous items such as clothes and carpets. Anthocyanins are also found in fabric dye, as well as dinks such as tea, coffee, chocolate and fruit juice. The same staining properties in red wine are responsible for those pesky, hard to remove rings found inside your tea mugs. The aging process in wine making, like oak aging, only adds to the concentration of anthocyanins.

Does white wine remove red wine stains?

Remove might not be the right word here. White wine can fade red wine stains as the deep red pigments (anthocyanins) are alcohol soluble. White wine is commonly used because it has less colour pigment and a high alcohol content. Although high-proof clear spirits like gin or vodka can also be used to dissolve the alcohol soluble properties of the colour pigment found in red wine.

Accessibility is also a factor seeing as red and white wine are usually found on the same table, so it’s usually the first thing people think of. We wouldn’t recommend this method though as it’s a waste of good wine! Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder is formulated to attack anthocyanins found in red wine directly.

Related Articles

We have all experienced a spillage on our clothes or carpet from a glass of red wine. Red wine spillages can spoil a dinner party or embarrass you at a networking event. We don't think red wine stains should be an issue for anyone; with Vanish Oxi Action you can rest assured getting rid of red wine stains will be easy.