Rug Cleaning Solution

3 Materials
15 Minutes

Have a stain in your carpet or rug that you can't get out? Try this simple solution to hopefully get your carpet clean again.

Here is reason #1 I do not have a "nice" area rug under my dining table. Sure, I would love something with some color and pattern but I have 4 very messy kids that drop something on the floor every meal we eat...I bought a bound piece of 9x12 carpet at Lowes for $80 and put it under my table and maybe one day when we get out of the slippery hand stage, we can upgrade to the rug I really want under there.

Dinnertime, one of the kids dropped their plate of ketchup all over the rug...

Here is a quick mixture that will pull up mostly anything out of your carpet.

  1. 1 C warm water
  2. 1 Tbsp baking soda
  3. 1 Tbsp dawn dish soap

Put your water in a bowl and add your other two ingredients and mix. Get a rag and get ready to blot.

Get your rag wet and start blotting at the stain (it will pull it up out of the fibers) Never scrub out a stain it only rubs it further into fibers.

After a couple blots the stain will start to pull up.

After I initially blotted it, I did leave the remaining solution on the stain to soak for about 10 minutes.

Come back with a dry, clean rag and apply pressure (stepping on it works great).

Once you got most of the water soaked up, let it air dry.

Stain is gone! (For now!) On the opposite side of the rug red gaterade spilled all over but this mixture pulled it up. I hope this helps! Adding some hydrogen peroxide will definitely help too on those stubborn bright stains.

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  • Lillyrose Lillyrose on Jun 20, 2021

    Will this take out an old blood stain.

  • Samanthajane Samanthajane on Jun 20, 2021

    Will it take out set in stains or just fresh ones? My daughter spilled Hawaiian punch on my carpet last fall and I still can't get it out. Also, will peroxide stain/bleach my brown carpet if I were to use ththaththat as well??

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 13, 2021

    How do you get cat urine out of a jutt rug.Ive tried everything,and when it's hot out or the heats on the smell of cat urine is back.


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  • Lisas Rexstar Lisas Rexstar on Jun 14, 2021

    You may not believe this. It surprised me, too. The wet wipes we mothers keep in our purses will get up just about anything, even kitty barf. I've used it on clothing, furniture, carpet, anything kids & pets get near.

    • Janice Janice on Jun 15, 2021

      Years ago I used wipes on my white sofa to take out grape juice. Works fabulous

  • Shelby☮️ Shelby☮️ on Jul 06, 2021

    Will this clean up a crime scene? Jussssst kidding. 😏


    When my cat barfs on my rug I'm down there with Dawn Soap and warm water too. I haven't tried the baking soda.

    Hydrogen Peroxide cleans up blood stains but once it picks it up you should wet the area down with water to stop if from continuing to lighten or yellow.

    Thanks for sharing!