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How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Glass Decanters

Updated March 23, 2017

A lovely glass wine decanter loses its charm when stained by the red wine it holds. Clean red wine stains from your glass decanters with a few moments of effort. Use common household items to successfully remove stains you probably thought were far too stubborn to combat. Bring your favourite glass wine decanters back to sparkling condition to show off at your next gathering or simply for your private pleasure.

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  1. Fill your kitchen sink with warm water and a long squeeze of dishwashing liquid. Swish the water to create a sudsy bath. Lay the decanter on its side in the water. Allow the bottle to fill with soapy water. Stand the bottle upright, lowering a long-handled glass cleaning brush into the decanter. Scrub the wine stains with the brush. Fill with fresh soapy water if one cleaning is insufficient. Rinse the decanter thoroughly with warm water.

  2. Combine the powerful cleaning action of baking soda and white vinegar to clean red wine stains from a favourite wine decanter. Measure 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bottle. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar and add enough warm water to cover the stained area. Allow the solution to stand until the water cools. Scrub with the brush.

  3. Drop a couple of denture tablets into your wine decanter. Add hot water to fill the bottle. Allow the mixture to work on the stains for at least a half hour. Scrub with a bottle brush. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Long-handled glass cleaning brush
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 denture tablets

About the Author

Alyson Paige

Alyson Paige has a master's degree in canon law and began writing professionally in 1998. Her articles specialize in culture, business and home and garden, among many other topics.

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