How Do You Get Red Kool-Aid Stains Out of Carpet?

To remove a red drink stain from carpet, blot any liquid from the fibers, apply a solution of dishwashing liquid and water, clean the area with a vinegar solution, remove any remaining stain with an ammonia solution, and rinse the area with water. Begin the stain-removal process quickly to achieve the best results.

  1. Blot the liquid

    As soon as you discover the stain, use clean paper towels to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Blot the stain without scrubbing.

  2. Wash the stain

    Mix 1/2 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of warm water. Do not use dishwasher detergent or laundry detergent, which are too strong and leave residue on carpet fibers. Use a white towel to apply the solution to the stain, beginning at the outside and working toward the center.

  3. Clean the stain with mild acid

    Mix 2 parts of vinegar with 1 part of water. Follow the same procedure as you did with the dishwashing liquid.

  4. Remove any remnants of the stain

    Mix a tablespoon of household ammonia in 1 cup of water. Blot any remnants of the stain from the outside toward the center.

  5. Rinse the carpet

    Use cold tap water to rinse the carpet, using a towel as before. Aim a fan toward the spot to ensure that the carpet dries.