Red Wine Stains – Easy Way to Remove
There you are with your best linen tablecloth (a family heirloom) on the dining room for an elegant holiday dinner, and someone spills red wine. As you see the wine spread out through the fiber threads, your heart sinks… .
Fortunately, here is a tried and true, if bizarre, way to remove the stain.
Once you have cleared the table (after the meal is over is fine as long as you keep the stain damp by spritzing with water) put a kettle of water on the stove and bring a stool or chair that can handle your weight, and the tablecloth to the kitchen sink. Place a big bowl, one that is at least 10″ wide, or a soup pot, in the kitchen sink. Gather together the section of the linen with the wine stain and stretch it taught over the top of the bowl or pot.
Once the kettle of water is boiling stand on a chair and pour the water from a height of at least three feet down onto the linen that is stretched over the bowl. Once that step is accomplished, further rinse the linen under cool water, then launder as usual.
If the red wine stain is dry, soak the red wine stain in white wine (!), or sprinkle baking soda on the stain, spritz with water, and set for a few hours before scraping off the baking soda and laundering as usual.
–By Annie B. Bond, best-selling author of five green living books, including Home Enlightenment (Rodale Press, 2005).