Rug Cleaning Solution

All Within the Home
by All Within the Home
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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  • Sha29840272 Sha29840272 on Jun 13, 2022

    How do you get paint off a rug…preschool paints for children?

  • Linda Childress Garrett Linda Childress Garrett on Jun 14, 2022

    Wouldn't you need to go back and pour clear water on the spot to remove the soap? I would think leaving the soap in the carpet might damage the fibers.

    I tried your method and it does work!

  • Laura A Crawford Metz Laura A Crawford Metz on Jun 18, 2022

    Will tho work on furniture also?

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  • Sag53667129 Sag53667129 on Oct 22, 2021

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I'm always trying to keep up with the messes my kids make. I recently hired a local carpet cleaner to give my carpets a deep clean, and it made a huge difference. I am definitely going to try out these tips in between professional cleanings!

  • Sylvia Laura Ranyak Sylvia Laura Ranyak on Jun 14, 2022

    The main ingredient is the dawn soap back in the day my mother used dish soap for a laundry detergent that’s how it was advertised. Until she discovered “Tide” detergent. I’ve been using liquid Tide my whole life as well and it also works on carpet. It so nice to see you using this technique. Thank you for sharing. 💜