The holidays have already started and there will be lots of celebrating this season.  Are you id-100194843planning on hosting a party or two?  Red wine is a fun addition to your holiday party but an enemy to light-colored carpets.  If your guests’ had a little too much fun this holiday and your carpets suffered the ultimate red wine sacrifice, not to  worry; there is hope.

The best homemade remedies for your red wine remover are just steps away from your kitchen. First, remember when treating a red wine stain, never scrub the area! The best solution is to pat dry. The more your scrub the stain the harder it is to get out.

The most effective method and probably one of the best removers for dried-in wine stains are hydrogen peroxide and Dawn liquid detergent.  Mix this little concoction together  (1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of Dawn liquid detergent) and gently place a generous layer over your stubborn stain. Slowly massage the mixture into the carpet fibers with your fingertips, let set for ten minutes or longer (depending on how set-in your stain is), and wipe off. Repeat until your stain is gone.

If you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide, try the following:

  • Baking soda and water: mix baking soda and water until it becomes a paste, a 3 to 1 ratio. Place your baking soda paste directly on the stain and let dry. Vacuum away.  CAUTION: your paste will look like a tasty treat, please do not eat – it will make you sick!
  • Club soda and salt: saturate the stain with club soda, let sit for ten minutes or so, then blot dry. Sprinkle salt over the stain and leave overnight. Vacuum away.
  • Vinegar and water:  mix a 50/50 mixture of white distilled vinegar and water and saturate the stain with the solution. Blot away once the stain has disappeared.

Removing red wine stains is definitely harder than a magic trick, but with a little determination and household products that stubborn stain will disappear.

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