Home Remedies to Remove Red Color Stains From Clothes

Updated February 21, 2017

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

Red Wine

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 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 washing powder.


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.


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, 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 washing powder and air dry.

Spaghetti Sauce

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 washing powder 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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