Home Remedies to Remove Red Color Stains From Clothes

Whether you splashed some red wine on your shirt or spilled spaghetti on your lap, a red stain is usually obvious, unsightly and, unfortunately, sometimes a pain to remove. If you've got a red color stain on your clothes, attempt a few home remedies before resigning your shirt to becoming the next dusting rag.

Red Wine

Don't let that red stain get you down; home remedies can remove it.
Red wine is a common red-colored clothing stain.

The sooner you get to a red wine stain the better. Mrs. Clean website recommends applying talcum powder or cornstarch onto the stain; this helps absorb the stain out of the cloth. Scrub it off with a soft bristled brush once dry. Moisten a clean cloth (a napkin works well) with club soda and blot the stain to remove; perfect for stains acquired while out to dinner. If you find an old stain, soak it in a solution of 1-part water to 1-part white vinegar for half an hour before washing.


Red lipstick is sexy on lips, not on clothes.

Red lipstick is the bane of boyfriend's collars the world over; and of course of any woman who has ever pulled on a blouse only to find her lipstick smeared on the front. Remove lipstick by first blotting with a clean cloth---do not rub the stain as this will spread it. Lipstick is oil-based so use rubbing alcohol or white vinegar to cut through the grease; apply to a clean cloth and blot at the stain to lighten it. Once the stain has faded to the point where it will not spread, hand wash the item with laundry detergent.


Beetroot; the menace in your salad sandwich.

If your salad sandwich just took revenge on your clothes by splashing red beetroot juice, as soon as possible, put the stain in cool water to soak. Add a small amount of washing up liquid to the water while soaking and agitate. If the stain is stubborn, apply a small amount of borax to the area then rinse in water as hot as the garment can take.


Take care of your cut; then take care of the stain.

Sometimes a sore finger is not the only casualty of a kitchen knife slip; often cuts leave their mark on clothing as well. Blot the stain with a clean cloth, if possible while the stain is still wet, otherwise dampen the cloth slightly. Let the garment soak in cold water; add some detergent to the water and agitate slightly. If the stain doesn't lift, HowToCleanStuff.net recommends mixing a saline solution from 1 cup of salt and 2 quarts of water to soak the cloth in for around half an hour. After that, hand wash with laundry detergent and air dry.

Spaghetti Sauce

That innocent pile of red sauce is a stain just waiting to happen.

Italian food is all about exuberance and enjoyment, which can translate into pasta sauce everywhere--especially if kids are in the mix. Flush the stain with cool water from the back of the fabric. Dab a small amount of laundry detergent onto the stain then let stand. Wet a clean cloth with white vinegar then dab at the stain to lift it from the cloth. Repeat until the stain is lightened then hand wash; apply a small amount of bleach if the fabric allows, then wash again.

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