Remove Stains Carpet

Best Tip: How to Remove Stains From Carpet and Clothes

A while back I experienced one of my first epic mom fails in a very long time (insert laugh/cry emoji).  It involved a stain that almost plucked my last nerve! Fortunately, this epic fail turned around quickly because I am now able to share my new secret on how to remove stains carpet cleaners won’t remove. Quite frankly, I’m ecstatic lol.

Just recently my family moved into our dream forever home so I am even more excited to have this little tip in times of need!

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So at the time of this revelation, I decided that it would be a good idea to give both of my children a mix of water and RED Punch. And I’m not talking about that watered down juicy type of red. I’m referring to the punch that without a doubt has the strongest of red dyes known to man, perfectly formulated to stick to any fabric or carpet with no way of being removed.

AND Let’s not forget the fact that I try not to give my kids things with Red dye in it to begin with, except for this day. Sigh.

So here we were, my kids and I, big red splotches on the floor, even though my kids usually finish their drinks pretty quickly and put the cup on the table. Not that day. To make matters worse, the red punch was on my cute little children’s rug with letters and pictures. As you can see in the picture below, red punch pretty much ruins the cuteness factor.

So I scoop the kids up and head out to the store for some better carpet cleaner than what I had in the laundry room, thinking that if I get to fast enough we can get the stain out fairly easily.

TWO DAYS LATER I was still trying to get the stain out and sitting here wondering what to do. I decide to google carpet cleaning and red punch, but nothing that comes up seems to work. I keep researching and finally, about 15 pages down, I finally find my MIRACLE SOLUTION in a forum!!

Take a look at the easy steps below and how I ABSOLUTELY SLAYED this stain! While you’re here also make sure to check out my two latest posts on learning apps for toddlers and top learning toys as well!

How To Remove Stains

Step 1

Grab your materials!

1. For the solution, all you will need is water and a little dish washing liquid (or you can use any carpet cleaner you may have lyingRemove Wine Stain around). Both work.

2. You will need an OLD towel. I can’t stress this enough, please don’t use your guest towels :0

3. Lastly, you will need an iron.

4. Optional: You may want to use a spray bottle for the solution. all the options work great. I just poured my solution on the stain and tried the carpet cleaner on another stain, but I think a spray bottle would work great for the water and dish washing liquid.

Step 2 For Stain Removal

1. Mix the water with a small amount of dish washing liquid. (mix in a spray bottle if you like)

2. Squirt the solution onto the stain until the area is saturated.

3. Put an old towel over the stain and solution

4. Put the medium heat iron on the towel until you see steam starting to rise. Allow the iron to remain there anywhere from 15 seconds to a minute or two.

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At this step you will start to see the stain lift up and be transferred to the towel. All of the color on the carpet will show up quickly on your towel.

Step 3

Repeat if necessary. Most of the stains came out with one “steaming”. But there were a few really large areas in which I had to repeat the cleaning steps.

Step 4

Clean up time! There was some residue on my iron when I was finished removing the carpet stain. This residue rubbed off quite quickly with just a paper towel and water.

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Some of the carpet is still wet but whoa baby what a difference!

What’s Actually Happening?

You are basically spot steaming the spill out of your carpet! Cool right? Just Remember not to leave the iron on the towel for too long if you are removing stains from dyed carpet like the one you see in the pictures. You may just want to check the towel a few times for color. I noticed some of the color transferred from the rug unto the towel, but it made no difference on the actual carpet.


Here is a second tip that is sure to come in handy with kids as well. If your child or children just so happen to have their way with a permanent marker,  nail polish remover will instantly clean the marker from most surfaces. Don’t ask how I know 😩

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SIDENOTE: Just my 2 cents for the parents dealing with marker mess! I distinctly remember writing on walls as a kid.  I mean a real memory of my thought process at the time. I also remember distinctly not thinking of the consequence of writing on the walls. That includes that fact that I wasn’t supposed to and the fact that pen doesn’t look good on my wall. And I was like 7 lol. There was just this huge urge to draw!

So when my kids do things like draw on the floor, I let them know what’s appropriate, but I also remember that this is what kids do. I take responsibility for my part as well, and we move on.  It can be sooo frustrating so I’m just offering my 4-1-1 😉

Bonus #2: Here is an Awesome Idea for Removing Clothes Stains!

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So tell me parents and caregivers, do you have any miracle cleaning tips you can share that will make our lives easier?? Please tell me in the comment section below if you do!

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  • Dee M.

    What a great article, I love your website and am going to bookmark it! Although I don’t have toddlers anymore, I babysit from time to time. With kids running through my house, somehow my poor carpet suffers almost every time! (just had a visiting teenager spill a can of coke on the carpet last week ugh!) I never knew about using the iron to help remove stains so I’m very excited to try that!

    • Kayla

      Dee M., Thank you so much! I try my best to make sure that I am writing about things that are relevant to parents and caregivers, and often times it will extend to parents who are out of the stages of having young children as well. Thank you for bookmarking and I will definitely give my best effort to make sure you are enjoying posts to come in the future. 

      And don’t even get me started with the soda lol. This method will definitely work great for that, no problem. Also be sure to check out the video at the end of the article for the clothes spills 🙂

  • Marla Smith

    Thanks for the great tip. I have never tried this method and I am always searching how to clean different things up. I will be using this the next time something bad comes my way.

  • hong

    This is an amazing tip. I am very fortunate that we don’t have carpets in our house. We just recently replaced all the carpets with hardwood floor, so now I don’t mess with carpets anymore. I have friends that have carpet floors, they constantly have stain problems. I find the tips very helpful. The detailed step by step instructions are definitely very helpful. I will share this with them. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kayla

      Please do share Hong, thanks! We don’t have carpet either but we have rugs because the floor is to slippery for the kids LOL. So I get rug stains and I have to seeep the floors constantly lol.

  • Katie Gardner

    Hi Kayla, Thanks so much for this! What a great idea. It’s one of those things that is like, duh…why haven’t I thought of that before! Steam cleaning with the iron is so easy and effective. I will definitely be trying this the next time I get a stubborn stain. Best, Katie

    • Kayla

      You are very welcome! I think we are so bombarded with products to buy so often that we tend to forget or not think about other things we can do, lemme know how your next stain works out! 

  • Jenny

    Thank you!
    My brother keeps destroying things(mostly his clothes) with stains and my mother is out of her mind!
    I ‘ll try this in out carpet which btw has a stain of cherry, tomato and strawberry juice. I’m not sure that’s even edible! Why would anyone try this? Anyway, a friend of my mother brought it and my brother spilled it.
    Wish me luck!

    • Kayla

      Oh Wow LOL! Yes please do let me know how it goes. Cherry, tomato, and strawberry juice is quite a combination 🙂 I only tried it on carpet but I’m going to give it a try on clothes too to see if it works the same.

  • Christina Piccoli

    Amazing tip that I will definitely be trying! My kids aren’t toddlers anymore, but guess what? As they get older, they still make messes. (Don’t we all?) 🙂 Plus, I have cats. They make messes too! I can’t wait to try this stain remover tip.

    One thing I’ve noticed when I’ve tried removing stains in the past is that they come back. It’s like the dirt runs and hides at the bottom and then comes back to the surface when it’s safe. UGH. Frustrating. How is your carpet now? Is it still looking good?

    • Kayla

      Thank you Christina! Yes we all make messes all the time it’s absolutely hilarious what happens in my house and it’s not always the kids LOL.

      The funny thing is you actually hit the nail on the head. That stain left over is one of the main reasons that that this tip is so powerful. The steaming actually pulls the stain up from the bottom too! So I’m looking at the carpet now and it still looks awesome thank God lol. That was a great question.

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