How to Get Red Wine Out of White Pants

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are a fan of red wine, you may know first-hand how it can stain carpet, upholstery and clothing. Fortunately, even if you spill red wine on your white trousers, it is possible to keep the wine from permanently staining. Yet, you must act quickly and know what to do.

Remove your trousers as soon as possible to begin treating the stain. Pour two to three drops of liquid dish soap into a spray bottle filled with water and swish gently to mix.

Spray the water and soap solution onto the stained area and dab it gently with a soft-bristle brush. Rinse with cold water and spray or pour undiluted, white vinegar directly on the stain. Wait three to four minutes and repeat this step.

Spray a light mist of hydrogen peroxide on the stained area if Step 2 did not completely remove the stain. Allow to sit three to four minutes and rinse. If the stain still remains, spray the stain with ammonia, allow to sit for three to four minutes and rinse.

Wash the trousers in an enzyme detergent, according to the garment care instructions. Check the trousers to see if the stain is completely removed before drying.

Wash the trousers, once more, in colour-safe bleach if the stain is still present. Dry as normal.


Do not launder trousers that are labelled "Dry Clean Only." You may shrink or damage them.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • Spray bottles
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Colour-safe bleach
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.