How To Remove Red Wine Stains From Glasses

Whether it is a glass to unwind at the end of the day or several glasses left at the end of a party, red wine can be a pain to clean.

It does not have to be a pain if you clean the wine classes correctly.

If you’ve ever been in this situation we can help.

We did some research and learning how to remove red wine stains from glasses is not hard to do.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to remove red wine stains from glasses. 

What You’ll Need

Now that you have all the items you need, continue reading for step-by-step instructions on how to remove red wine stains from glasses.

1. Place Cloth In Bowl

First, place a cloth in the bottom of the plastic bowl or container to clean the red wine stain the wine glass.

Doing this will help to ensure that the wine glass does not break while you are cleaning it. 

2. Fill The Bowl With Water

Next, fill the bowl with enough water that it will fully submerge the wine glass or glasses.

Be sure that the water is warm, as that will help to dissolve the red wine stain. 

3. Add White Vinegar 

To the warm water, add about five tablespoons of white vinegar.

Most white cleaning vinegar products will work but I recommend using Lucy’s Family Owned – Natural Distilled White Vinegar.

It gets excellent reviews on Amazon plus they are a family-run business.

You can replace the white vinegar with baking soda if you do not have any white vinegar. 

4. Fully Submerge Glass In Water 

Take the red wine-stained glass and gently place it in the water and fully submerge it.

You can put more than one glass in, depending on the size of the container you are washing them in. 

Consider, however; you do not want to risk breaking your glasses.

If your glasses have stems on them, it is likely better to only wash one at a time to minimize the risk of breaking or harming the wine glass in any way. 

Leave the glass in the water for about one to two hours, depending on how stained the glass is.

5. Rinse And Dry 

After one to two hours, take a look at the red wine-stained glass.

If it appears to be stain-free, go ahead and rinse and dry it. 

If it still has some red wine stain in it, you can choose to let them soak for longer or move on to step 6.

6. Add Water 

Add warm water to the stained wine glass.

Fill the glass around half or less.

Do not fill it up to the top as you will be swirling it around.

Test the amount of water by stirring it.

If any sloshes out, then pour out some of the water. 

7. Add Dish Soap 

Add a couple of drops of liquid dish soap into the water.

A little goes a long way, so please do not overdo it with the amount of soap you add.

8. Add Rice 

Next, add a couple of tablespoons of rice to the stained wine glass.

The rice will create an abrasive solution to help then to remove the red wine from the glass. 

9. Swirl The Mixture

With the dish soap and rice added to the water in the wine glass, begin to swirl the mixture in the wine glass.

The rice should help to scrub away any remaining red wine stain from the glass. 

Once the stain is removed, rinse and dry!

Video Instructions

  • Step 1 (:04) — Place cloth in bowl
  • Step 2 (:10) — Fill with water
  • Step 3 (:12) — Add white vinegar
  • Step 4 (:22) — Submerge glass
  • Step 5 (:33) — Rinse and Dry
  • Step 6 (:23) — Add water
  • Step 7 (:25) — Add dishsoap
  • Step 8 (:33) — Add rice
  • Step 9 (:41) — Swirl


What Type Of Stain Is A Red Wine Stain?

It is helpful to know what type of stain a red wine stain is to remove.

It is a dark stain, which can cause some panic, so it is essential to know how to remove it and remove it quickly from all surfaces.

While speed is not as crucial to remove red wine stains from glass, as it is pretty straightforward and not likely to set, it is vital to know the type of stain to remove it effectively.

Red wine stains are tannin-based stains, similar to coffee and tea.

Tannins are essentially natural dyes, which are the enemy of removing stains, as that is technically their purpose.

Knowing what type of red wine stain it is, helps to know what to do and not to do to remove it!

How Does Rice Help To Clean Red Wine Stains?

You can use rice to clean out red wine stains because of its starch.

The starch will become an abrasive solution that helps to scrub away the red wine stain.

Doing this is especially important for wine glasses that are difficult to reach in and scrub with a sponge or scrub brush. 

How Does White Vinegar Remove Red Wine Stains?

White vinegar is very acidic, which helps to remove and dissolve red wine stains.

The white vinegar can also neutralize the red and purple pigments of the red wine in the glass, adding an extra boost to the red wine stain removal.

Can I Use Salt To Clean Red Wine Stains?

It is commonly said that red wine stains can be removed by using salt.

Salt can absorb the wine and remove it from the surface that the red wine has stained.

It can even act as an abrasive cleaning agent when dabbed or scrubbed.

However, it is also possible to set the red wine stain using salt since red wine has tannin. 

However, it is recommended not to use it when cleaning wine glasses, as it is a bit too abrasive and may scratch the wine glass. 

Can Baking Soda Remove Red Wine Stains?

Baking soda works well as a gentle abrasive scrub to remove any stain, even tough red wine stains.

If you do not have white vinegar, you can use baking soda to replace it in these steps to help to remove the stains.