How to Remove Wine Odors

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Spilled wine that soaks into fabric and upholstery can leave a harsh odor behind.
Spilled wine that soaks into fabric and upholstery can leave a harsh odor behind. (Image: bottle wine and glasses with a wine image by mashe from Fotolia.com)

Sometimes accidents happen. If you have been living with the pungent smell left over from a wine accident, it’s time to fix it. Removing wine odors from carpet, furniture and car upholstery can be tricky, but with a little practice and a few simple household cleaning products, your living space will be smelling fresh again in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup ammonia
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Dry cloth
  • Plastic container
  • Plastic spoons
  • Odor neutralizing spray

Mix the odor-removing cleaning solution. Pour the ammonia and warm water into a plastic container and use a disposable plastic spoon to gently mix the two.

A simple solution of diluted ammonia can help remove harsh odors.
A simple solution of diluted ammonia can help remove harsh odors. (Image: cleaning product image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com)

Get rid of the source of the odor by removing any wine still left on the surface of the furniture or carpet. Pour just enough of the cleaning solution over the stained area to soak it. Allow the solution to sit for approximately 10 minutes and pat it dry with a cloth. This will kill the odor-causing bacteria and will help remove stains left behind by the wine. Once dry, spray the affected area with Febreze fabric refresher, or a similar product, to neutralize any remaining odor.

Use just enough solution to cover and soak the affected area.
Use just enough solution to cover and soak the affected area. (Image: to pour water in a bowl image by Han van Vonno from Fotolia.com)

Take the odor out of the air. Even though you have removed the source of the problem, the wine smell may linger. To remove it, use an odor-neutralizing spray.

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