How to Remove Wine Odors

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup ammonia

  • 1/2 cup warm water

  • Dry cloth

  • Plastic container

  • Plastic spoons

  • Odor neutralizing spray

Spilled wine that soaks into fabric and upholstery can leave a harsh odor behind.

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.


Step 1

A simple solution of diluted ammonia can help remove harsh odors.

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.

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Step 2

Use just enough solution to cover and soak the affected area.

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.


Step 3

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.


If treating furniture, use a spray bottle to apply the cleaning solution to prevent over soaking. Water that soaks into the cushion can cause mold.

If ammonia is too harsh for your sinuses, try making a cleaning solution out of warm water and baking soda.


Excess water can short out circuits and damage electronics, so stay as far away from them as possible when spraying the air neutralizer.


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