Don’t Cry Over Spilled Malbec (Unless the Bottle's Empty)

While Truman’s cleaning agents work wonders on ordinary household dirt and grime, many spills on absorbent surfaces  like a fine red wine  require special attention. So in the interests of cleanliness in all areas, we put together a list of tips for eliminating those all-too-common smudges and spills, using items you probably already have around the house.

Remember: Always test an inconspicuous spot first to make sure your treatment won’t leave any discolorations.

Red wine

  1. Blot (don’t rub) the stain with clean rags to absorb as much of the wine as possible.
  2. Shake salt over the stain, then pour club soda over it.
  3. Wait a few hours or overnight while the salt soaks up the stain.
  4. Gently wipe or vacuum away the salt.
  5. If the stain is still visible, mix 3 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part dishwashing liquid. Pour over stain, let sit, and repeat as necessary. Blot away when finished.
  1. Blot as much of the coffee as possible.
  2. Pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain and blot. Repeat until as much of the coffee as possible is absorbed.
  3. Mix together 1 TB of vinegar, 1 TB of dishwashing liquid and 2 cups of warm water. Apply solution with a towel to the stain. Blot out of carpet/material with clean rag. Repeat if necessary
  4. Rinse by pouring a small amount of water onto the affected area.
  5. Blot with a clean towel until as much moisture as possible is removed.
  1. Blot up excess milk with a white cotton towel. 
  2. Mix 2 cups of cold water, 1 TB of dishwashing liquid and 1 TB of baking soda. Using your fingers or a soft-scrub brush, rub the stain. 
  3. Rinse with cold water. Repeat as needed. 
  1. Rinse with cold water as soon as possible.
  2. Mix 1 TB of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of cold water.
  3. Dip a clean cloth in the solution, and blot it on the stain with a clean cloth.
  4. Repeat until stain is gone.
  5. If the stain is persistent, mix ½ cup of warm water with 1 TB of ammonia. Blot stain with solution until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Apply a clean cloth dipped in cold water to the stain and blot dry.
Permanent marker 
  1. Saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol. 
  2. Allow it to soak in, then rub vigorously until the stain comes out. 
Latex paint
  1. Dampen fabric with warm water. 
  2. Pour rubbing alcohol over stain, and rub fabric against itself if possible, or use a laundry brush to scrub it out.
  3. Dab or rinse with warm water. 
  4. If paint is on clothing that can go in the washer, wash but don’t dry it until all trace of paint is gone. Repeat steps 1-4 as necessary.

Pet stains

  1. Absorb as much of the stain as possible with paper towels or rags.
  2. Soak the stain with vinegar.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain, and let sit overnight.
  4. Vacuum the baking soda away.

Grass stains

  1. Mix ½ teaspoon of mild laundry detergent with 2 cups cold water.
  2. Blot the stain with the solution, starting at the outside and working inwards.
  3. Repeat until the stain disappears.
  4. Apply cold water with a sponge or cloth, and blot dry with a clean cloth until all liquid is absorbed.

Grease/oil on clothes
Method 1:

  1. Apply petroleum-based dish detergent such as Dawn directly onto stain. 
  2. Using an old toothbrush, rub detergent in a circular motion for several minutes.
  3. Let sit for up to an hour, then put fabric in washing machine on heavy cycle. 

Method 2:

Mix together one part salt with three parts rubbing alcohol, and then pour it onto stain. Using a soft cloth, rub the mixture thoroughly into the fibers. Allow to soak for up to 30 minutes, then put clothing in washer.

Fruit juice
Use white vinegar to blot the stain, then rinse with cool water.


  1. Let it dry thoroughly. 
  2. Vacuum up as much dried mud as possible.
  3. Mix 1 TB dishwashing liquid with 2 cups warm water.
  4. Using a clean rag, transfer the solution onto the stain.
  5. Blot with another clean rag until liquid is absorbed. Repeat as necessary.
  6. Once the stain is gone, sponge cold water onto the area, and blot dry with another rag or paper towel.

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