What Red Wine Stains?


Total disaster, right?  Not so much.  Photo credit.

If you drink red wine, you will want to read this.  What I witnessed at a friend’s house this past spring was nothing short of amazing.  It could have been an “actual customer testimony” on a 3 AM infomercial.

There I was in Alexandria, VA visiting a dear friend from high school.  My mom and I had made the four-hour drive from Pittsburgh to spend the weekend with her and her family and to sightsee in the nation’s capital.  Our first night was, on all accounts, a pleasant evening; we ate sushi at a nearby restaurant, we went back to the house and put the little’s down for bed and were enjoying talking while drinking red wine.  At one point, my mom had left the room, and while my friend and I continued our conversation, she looked over my shoulder and noticed that her lampshade was crooked.  I set my glass of wine down on the same side table that the lamp was on and she came over to adjust the shade.  As if in slow motion, her hand fixed the shade and suddenly swooped down, hitting my half-full glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and sending it flying through the air.  Red wine came splashing down on everything.  Here’s the part that is the hardest to swallow: my friend’s home could be featured in House Beautiful magazine.  It is stunning, and everything in the room we were sitting in is…cream or beige.  Red wine on the beige carpet.  Red wine on the beige sofa.  Red wine on the beige leather pillows.  Red wine on the darn cream-colored lampshade that had just been adjusted!  My mom walked back into the room just as the glass came to rest on the rug and my friend and I stood there horrified, our mouths in matching “O” shapes.

I was speechless, mom was frozen, but my friend (although I knew she was shocked) got down to business.  She grabbed her phone while telling us she had read about an alleged “miracle red wine stain remover” made with Dawn dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide.  She found a “recipe” for it, got her purse and headed over to Rite Aid at 11:00 at night.  All mom and I could do was try to soak up as much wine as we could with paper towels while she was gone.  The kicker of this whole story is that, not 30 minutes prior to this event, I had told my friend how brave she was, allowing us to drink red wine in this neutral-colored room!  She laughed and said she’d considered making it a “white wine-only” part of the house.


Alone, no big deal.  Together, a miracle.  Photo credit.

Not 15 minutes later, my friend was back.  Into a bowl went equal parts Dawn and peroxide.  The three of us took cloths and soaked every red wine stain and drop we could find with the mixture.   I honestly didn’t think we could possibly get everything out, especially the rug which took the worst of the spill.  Boy, was I wrong.  Before our very eyes, the wine stains were disappearing from everything.  Soon, all that was left of the catastrophe were wet marks on the furniture and rug, which were in the process of drying.  The first thing I did the next morning was check the room out, which was now spotless.  No one would ever have known the horror that had happened mere hours before.

This stuff works and works well.  You’re welcome!


Stains?  What stains?  A simple, affordable concoction whisks away red wine stains beautifully.

Miracle Red Wine Stain Remover

Equal parts Dawn (the original blue stuff) and hydrogen peroxide.  Combine in a bowl or spray bottle.  Spray, soak, let sit for a few minutes and scrub or absorb with a dry cloth.

Go ahead, stock up in Temecula wine country on red wine and, by all means, drink to your heart’s content while sitting on your brand new white furniture!  Shop Ponte Red Wine here.

–Erica Martinez


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