M.F. asks from Colorado Springs, CO on September 28, 2008
Wine Stain in Baby's Overalls
Hello Moms, and especially the laundry wonder women out there! We went to a wedding last night, and I was talking to a friend at the reception. Someone jostled her and she accidently spilled red wine on to the back of my baby boy's quilted cotton overalls. They are medium blue. Of course, even if I had known what to do about wine stains, I didn't want to strip him bare, so now it is a 12 hour old, dried wine stain. Oh dear! Any ideas on the best way to try to get the stain out? Thanks so much!
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So What Happened?™
Thank you all for your wonderful responses! I was trying to decide what to do about a red wine stain on my baby's cotton overalls, and what a lot of help you all were. I decided to take the democratic approach, and try what was most commonly suggested idea first. I soaked his clothes in Oxyclean and water for 2 1/2 days, and then washed them like usual. It worked great! I can barely see where the stain used to be. A little word of warning to other novice stain mavens-- It threw in a onsie that also had a little stain along the collar, and it is now the color of the overalls! Oops! Don't combine unlike colors, just like they always told us... Oh well.. Anyway, thanks again to all of you :)
J.H. answers from Billings on September 30, 2008
If the stain is fresh, you can rub salt on it, and it takes the stain out. Now trhat it's dry, I would try something like Oxyclean--just don't let it sit too long on the stain or it eats through the fabric!
M.C. answers from Salt Lake City on September 29, 2008
Soak it in a bucket with OxyClean. It may take a couple of days, but it should come out. I've gotten years old stains out of baby clothes with this stuff. I LOVE it.
S.W. answers from Denver on September 28, 2008
You can soak it in a solution of water and non-bleach powdered dishwasher detergent. I don't have an exact measurement...I typically use enough water to be able to soak the stained article in (such as in a dutch oven) and a half cup of detergent or more depending upon the harshness of the stain. I mix the detergent into the water until it is pretty well dissolved, although I've never gotten it to completely dissolve. I use hot water since it works best to dissolve it. Then I soak stained item for one day, sometimes more. This method has not failed me for any organic stain so far!
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M.R. answers from Denver on September 29, 2008
I am a huge believer in Spray and Wash STAIN STICK. The trick is to rub it on well and then let it sit at LEAST overnight. There is not much that it can't get out. I haven't found anything that works better. Just be sure to let it sit for at least a day before washing.
R.S. answers from Denver on September 29, 2008
Put it in really cold water and let it soak. When you get a chance have it laundered at the cleaners, they will know how to get it out. Then make sure you wash it again before you have the baby wear it again, just to make sure all the stuff they use to get the stain out is gone.
S.M. answers from Salt Lake City on September 29, 2008
Try oxyclean powder with your regular detergent in the washing machine.
K.S. answers from Boise on September 29, 2008
When my son was an infant, he pulled over a full glass of red wine and it went all down the front of his light blue sweater and pants. I searched the internet right away and found the best trick! You take Dawn dish soap and mix it in equal parts with hydrogen peroxide - mix it together first to activate the ingredients, and then pour it over the stain. Just let it sit; within hours the stain will lift right out. It's the best! I've used it many times now after dinner parties for getting out wine stains from table cloths and napkins. It's a GREAT remedy!
L.B. answers from Provo on September 29, 2008
Use Carbona's fruit stain remover. You can get it at JoAnn Fabric Stores. Mix a little of the powder in water, put it on the stain, and it will probably be gone within a few minutes, even without washing the item.
I have removed severe grape juice stains from an entire ward worth of damask tablecloths, berry stains from my favorite pants and shirt, and many other fruit-based stains very, very successfully with this stain remover.
The Carbona stain removers are probably the best on the market. And, no, I do not own stock in Carbona nor am I paid to advertise for them.
A.E. answers from Denver on September 29, 2008
There is a product out there called "Wine Away - red wine stain remover" and it works miracles. I spilled red wine on a beige recliner once. Sprayed it on and watched the red spot disappear. It is available at Linens N Things and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I haven't used it on a set stain or one that has been washed already, but it may still work. Good luck!
K.H. answers from Salt Lake City on September 29, 2008
Try oxy clean. You can buy it most stores. The container says you can soak for 1 hr or more. But you can also put it in the laundry with your laundry soap. I had a friend that used it on blood and it came right out. Good luck!