Vinegar Stain Removal Guide: For Apple Cider, Red Wine & Balsamic Vinegar

Can you even have a vinegar stain? Normally we think of vinegar as a stain remover, not something that can stain our fabric, upholstery and carpet, but that is not exactly the case.

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There are lots of types of vinegar, and the only one that is recommended for stain removal is white vinegar.

Other types of vinegar include apple cider, malt, red wine, and balsamic vinegar, all of which can cause spots, instead of helping to remove them.

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Ironically, one of the best ways to remove such stains caused by vinegar is to use distilled white vinegar, along with some additional ingredients.

How To Remove A Vinegar Stain Such As Balsamic Vinegar Or Red Wine Vinegar From Fabric

Step 1: Rinse the excess liquid from the fabric, and flush the stained area with cool water, being careful not to spread the stain further.

Step 2: Make a solution of half a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent, mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Let the stained fabric soak in this solution for about 15 minutes.

Step 3: Thoroughly rinse the fabric with clear cool water.

Step 4: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.

Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.

Special note for both red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar stains: These stains have a lot of tannins in them, which can be difficult to remove. Using a stain remover containing hydrogen peroxide and dish soap will often get them out, since this works well on red wine stains, and therefore on these similar stains as well.

To find out more about this homemade stain remover recipe, read my article here on home remedies for removing wine stains. This remover recipe will also work on upholstery and carpet, but instead of washing it out you must rinse and blot it out carefully after cleaning these non-washable fibers.

Vinegar Stain Removal From Upholstery

How to remove vinegar stains of many varieties, including apple cider, red wine, malt and balsamic vinegar, with step by step instructions {on Stain Removal 101}

Step 1: Blot up as much of the apple cider, balsamic or red wine vinegar as possible, being careful not to spread the stain.

Step 2: Mix a solution of 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.

Step 4: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the spot is removed from the upholstery.

Step 6: Now that the stain is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.

Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain from the red wine, balsamic or apple cider vinegar.

You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.

How To Remove Balsamic, Red Wine And Apple Cider Vinegar Stains From Carpet

Balsalmic vinegar stain, and instructions for how to remove it from clothing, upholstery and carpet {on Stain Removal 101}

The instructions for removal of colored vinegar from carpet is the same as for upholstery.

However, if you don't have luck with this stain removal method above you have two options:

First, you can mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water, and try that as a stain removal solution.

Second, try mixing a solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and two cups of warm water, and use this as a stain removal solution.

Hint: Please note that this dishwashing liquid solution may be milder on your carpet than the alcohol/vinegar solution, so you may want to try it first.

White Vinegar As Cleaner And Stain Remover

Like I said above, normally we think of white vinegar as a stain remover and cleaner, instead of causing stains.

You can submit your uses for vinegar for cleaning and stain removal here, or read lots of ways to use it that have already been submitted.

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