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How to Remove Red Kool-aid Stains

After getting rid of all the Sharpie permanent marker stains, I was still stumped on how to remove red Kool-aid stains which were decorating my carpet! I got a lot of great suggestions in comments on that post though, so I thought I’d share them in a new post for everyone’s benefit.

Heather noted that:

If you catch it early, club soda will take out red koolaid. The Queen of Clean (as in Linda Cob) recommends club soda even for old koolaid stains (at lest it will make it lighter pink). She says that, after using the club soda and blotting it with a clean towel, use Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. If the stain is still set, saturate with hydrogen peroxide (which I’ve tried before and turned my carpet ORANGE, so use with care!) or undiluted lemon juice. Wait 15 minutes and blot. Continue to apply, checking progress to make sure you aren’t lightening the carpet. (Taken from Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean by Linda Cobb, which Heather recommends).

Kristen has “THE red koolaid/gatorade stain getter outer”:

Mix equal amounts of ammonia and hot water. Spray the stain. Take a towel and place over the stain. Go over the towel with an iron on its highest setting and watch the stain transfer! It was amazing. I did this 5 or 6 times over the stain and it was gone. It was an old stain too! Test in an area first.

Julie used Scrubbing Bubbles to get red Kool-aid out of her granddaughter’s white shirts by spraying it on, rubbing a little, then letting it sit for 30 mins. Spray again, then wash as normal.

Have any other tips to share?? Add them in comments and I’ll update this post!

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48 Responses

  1. susan June 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    i know lemon juice will get rid of rust stains. pour on stains wait about 15 mins, with clean towel twist fibers of carpet where rust stain is,using clean part of towel each time and it gets the rust out. i have red koolaid stains on my light rug and i’m going to try the lemon juice and then warm or hot water with dawn to clean it. wish me luck.

  2. Anna March 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Thank you Thank you Thank you Kristen! Spilled red kool-aid and thought for sure that I would be charged by my apartment complex to replace the carpet but the ammonia trick worked like magic! First time over removed most of it, the second time it was gone. So inexpensive and probably saved me a few hundred dollars in replacement charges! Can’t thank you enough!

  3. Janet January 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I will have to try the ammonia and iron, I’ve tried everything else. My adult son’s solution was to cover the spot up with a throw rug and not tell me about it, but since I moved the furniture a rug just doesn’t fit there. Thanks for all the ideas :)

  4. Phil January 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    HOLY CRAP! The ammonia-ironing trick posted by Kristen is AMAZING!

    It’s like magic o.O

    It totally took a fruit punch crystal light stain out of a light carpet. THANK YOU!!!

  5. soph November 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    I tried so many products to get old red stains out of my carpet. But I found this and tried it. Like a previous post I. Only had windex…trust me this works. I wish I would have taken before and after photos because its unbelievable…some stains only took 3 times over…deep one took more but they still came out. Thanks

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    Removing red Kool-aid stains

    If you catch it early, club soda will take out red koolaid. The Queen of Clean (as in Linda Cob) recommends club soda even for old koolaid stains (at lest it will make it lighter pink).