Introduction 

If you spilled a little beer on your garment, you may have no problem putting your garment into the washer and removing the stain.  However, if you’re dealing with an alcoholic beverage that has a substantial amount of color, a trip through the washing machine won’t be enough to remove the stain.  We’ve written a quick guide below on the best practices you can use to remove any alcohol-based stain on your own. 

As always, if the stain is still giving you issues or you want to consult a professional, consider our dry cleaning service with free home pickup and delivery, which includes complimentary stain removal on any cleaning service.

Reminder!

Do not dry your garment until you are completely certain that the garment is removed.  The heat from the drying process will set in the stain and make it difficult to remove by a professional should you choose that option later.

Alcohol is a tannin-based stain.

You should use a standard laundry detergent to remove alcohol stains.  If this doesn’t work, you may try an oxygen-based bleach if allowed by the garments care label.

You should use cold water to remove alcohol stains on clothes.

What You’ll Need:

Cleaning Tools:

  • Water Faucet
  • Washing Machine
  • White cloth

Cleaning Materials:

  • Water
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Oxygen-based Bleach

How to Remove Alcohol Stains From Clothing

Step 1: Blot Away excess liquid from garment

Using a dry white cloth or paper towel, try to remove as much of the alcohol stain as possible.  Make sure to also have a white cloth behind the stain as well to prevent the stain from bleeding onto other surfaces.

Step 2: Rinse the Stain With Cold Water

As long as the item is a washable garment or linen, run cold water over the area of the stain from the inside of where the garment was stained to remove alcohol stains from clothing.  This will keep the stain from running through more of the garment.  Do this for the greater of 30 seconds or as long as it takes to flush out as much of the stain as possible.

Step 3: Dab Gently With Rubbing Alcohol

  Using a sponge or white cloth, gently pat the stained area with rubbing alcohol.  After doing this, flush the stain using water.  Continue this process several times if necessary.  If the stain is removed, wash the garment per the care label.

Step 4: Apply Laundry Detergent

If the stain is still visible, apply a moderate amount of liquid laundry detergent to the stained area.  Let the detergent sit for a minimum of 15 minutes, then wash the garment per the care label.

Step 5: Apply Oxygen-based Bleach and Soak

If the stain is still visible after washing, apply an oxygen-based bleach, such as Oxy-clean, to the affected area.  Follow the instructions of the package.  Let the stain soak in the mixture for a minimum of 4 hours before rewashing the garment per the care label.  If the garment is still stained, this process can be repeated.

How to Remove Alcohol Stains From Carpets, Rugs, or Upholstery

Step 1: Blot Away excess liquid from garment

Using a dry white cloth or paper towel, try to remove as much of the alcohol stain as possible.  Make sure to also have a white cloth behind the stain as well to prevent the stain from bleeding onto other surfaces.

Step 2: Create Cleaning Agent and Apply to Stain

Mix one tablespoon of laundry detergent, one tablespoon of vinegar, 2/3rds of a cup of rubbing alcohol, and 2 cups of water.  Apply the solution to the stain using a white cloth until the stain is completely removed.  Make sure to work from the outside in to prevent the stain from spreading.

Step 3: Remove the Cleaning Agent

Using water and white cloth, apply water until all of the soapy cleaning agent is removed.  If the cleaning agent is not completely removed, it will attract dirt in the future.

Step 4: Dry and Vacuum

Allow the stained area to dry, then vaccum the area thoroughly the raise the fabrics of the item.