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If a detergent or one of those fancy brand name stain removers don't do their job, you could always use 100 ml of milk! If you don't have that either, use white wine - just as effective! (watch how to above)
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Step 1: Soak the stain for at least 3 h

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Depending on how fresh the wine stain is, soak the stain for at least three hours in milk!

Step 2: Let it soak as needed

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If the stain is older, let is soak overnight.

Step 3: Check it out!

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Check it out! The shirt is just as before!

Step 4: Do the same with white wine

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In case you don't have milk, white wine is just as good...try the same experiment. Probably, the shirt will absorb the wine quicker than the milk so you have to make sure you add up some white wine from time to time. The white enzymes are just the same as red enzymes, so they took chemically off.

Step 5: Rinse immediately

Whatever remover you use, rinse the shirt immediately, just to get the shirt back to its original texture.
milk fat and milk acid are chelating agents. makes sense. surprising no one's thought much of it before. brilliant.
Actually Sour Milk were use as "bleaching" agent for clothes before invent of Chlorine Bleach.
I didn't know regular Milk has some effect on clothes as well.

BTW, I make Kefir Milk(cultured). The whey from Kefir Milk acts like bleach. I have a shirt ruin by a spill. It's not as concentrated but it still changed spots on my dark blue shirt to light orange-brown.
sorinescu (author)  Dungeonbrownies7 years ago
Thanks a lot. I didn't know at the moment how to scientifically explain the process but I have to thank you for the explanation.
mspittypat6 years ago
Does this work with grape juice stains?
copycat427 years ago
i seem to have some vague memory of some culture bleaching cloth by soaking it in milk, and letting it dry out in the sun.
hcold copycat426 years ago
I heard the Romans used urine to bleach their clothing white. Ammonia does wonders! :)
Putzer hcold6 years ago
Yeah, that's why I always wet my pants...I'm cleaning them I swear!
copycat42 hcold6 years ago
wouldn't that turn it yellow? :)
hcold copycat426 years ago
Apparently not... the Gaulish also used it for those bright white teeth!
hcold hcold6 years ago
Brings a new meaning to 'piss head'!
Cryptonat6 years ago
Is this only for white clothing?
sorinescu (author)  Cryptonat6 years ago
No, actually for darker colors clothes it's even better!
sirant6 years ago
Nice! Who'd a thunk it!
X_D_3_M_17 years ago
what about normal stains?
sorinescu (author)  X_D_3_M_17 years ago
I don't think it works on normal stains, as every stain has its own chemical composure
Prograss7 years ago
Great instructable. I love it. The point is I guess when you have a party always have red and white wine :D
sorinescu (author)  Prograss7 years ago
I guess that's the idea...lol... Glad you like it