I’m Removing Red Kool-aid Stains from my Carpet…

Removing Red Kool-aid Stains from Carpet

After getting rid of all the Sharpie permanent marker stains, I was still stumped on getting out these 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 kool aid 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 firmly. 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!

50 Responses to I’m Removing Red Kool-aid Stains from my Carpet…

  1. Beth April 11, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Did you just place the towel in a single layer over spot? Getting ready to try the ammonia-ironing trick!

  2. Meghan June 29, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    Your ammonia trick ( I used winded too actually) saved my son from certain death (or at least permanent iPhone restriction) ☺️ He left a red ice spill on his carpet for a week without telling me ( he’s 13 and was at camp during this time, so no need for me to check his room…or so I thought!!! Thank you soooo much, I still can’t believe it actually worked! I had tried EVERYTHING else I read on line and all I got was a pink stain instead of a red one!!!

    My son thanks you dearly!!

  3. Crystal May 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    You can try blotting it with the detergent solution which is 1 teaspoon of mild clear or white neutral detergent and one cup of warm water. If the stain remains try an ammonia solution which is 1 tablespoon of household ammonia with half a cup of water and if that doesn’t work then try the vinegar solution which is one third cup of White household vinegar and 2/3 cup of water. A red dye remover may also help get out the stain. Good luck!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 :)

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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

  9. candies mom of 5 June 26, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    WoW!!!! I’m shocked I Have tried everything for years replace many carpets and lots of money so i tried it and so shocked at the out come not even pink works great thanks
    a ton

  10. Julianna H June 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Use consentrated dish liquid. It’s great!!!!

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