One of the most common stains that dress shirts are generally exposed to is of red wine. It happens with most of us that while drinking, we unintentionally drop the red wine on our shirts. Act swiftly but do not panic as in panic you might ends up in dropping some more wine on you. Never waste time and start the cleaning process before letting the wine stain set into the fabric. If red wine stain happens to get dry or just remain there for some considerable time, then for sure your shirt is ruined.
Start cleaning process by blotting with damp cloth to remove excess liquid. Do not rub, as it will further spread the stain and will weak the fabric threads. If you have access to white wine, pour it on the stain to dilute the red color that will make the cleaning process easy. If white wine is not readily available then try club soda. Take a piece of cloth, wet it in club soda and damp the stained area. Another home based process to remove red wine stain is to mix one teaspoon of laundry detergent in to one cup of hydrogen peroxide. Start blotting the stain until it disappears and then wash the shirt normally.
Before starting the cleaning process, make sure to place something behind the stain so that it does not bleed through the other side. You can also use cornstarch or talcum powder over the stain to absorb the red wine stain. Another important thing to remember is to make sure that the stain is totally removed before ironing the shirt or putting it in dryer, as it will make the stain permanent.