Best red wine stain removers
When your valentine prefers to sip — and then spill — cabernet instead of chardonnay, there's no need to panic. The stain wizards in our GHRI Cleaning Products Lab put 10 formulas for erasing red wine stains to the test. We spilled, blotted, applied, and laundered to see how completely each product restored white cotton and polyester fabrics and nylon carpet versus standard remedies like salt and carpet cleaner. With these winners, there'll be no crying over spilled wine ... and we'll drink to that.
($9 for 8 oz., amazon.com)
It not only zapped stains, but also was the easiest to rinse out of the carpet's pile without damaging it.
($7 for 12 oz., amazon.com)
Less pricey per ounce, this stomped out red spots on carpet and polyester (cotton needed a double shot).
Wine B' Gone
($20, 16 oz.; amazon.com)
This sudsy, strong-scented champ also erases coffee, tea, and other stains. Apply lightly.
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