Help with Milk Spill

Updated on June 10, 2009
M.C. asks from North Ridgeville, OH
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Good Morning to All,

I always take a gallon of milk to the babysitters on Monday. Well, apparently this Monday had another plan for me. When we got to the sitters I went to pick up the gallon of milk and realized that it was empty. It had fallen over during the car ride and gotten a hole in it. I dropped the kids off and headed to work. When I got to work, I soaked up as much as I could with paper towels and rubbed some dish soap into the carpet. Now I am afraid to go back to my car. I am thinking about leaving work to get the car detailed and make someone else deal with the mess, but I don't really have the money to do it. Any advice on how to clean up the mess or at least some encouraging words that it is not going to be as bad as I think it will be when I leave work?

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answers from Cincinnati on

Hi M.! A lot of car washes have not only the vacuums but a shampooer for the carpets. I would recommend starting there. It's only a couple bucks and then if it doesn't work you're not out a lot of money. Good luck!

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answers from Indianapolis on

Get Bio-Kleen from a Healthfood/Natural Market. It works on all sorts of proteins that smell...urine, stool, etc. Just spray or pour, let sit, soak up..Voila!!

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answers from Evansville on

This has happened to me and trust me spend the extra money and get the inside of your car shampooed. At least if you do not take it somewhere try and use the shampoo machines at the car wash yourself. Don't wait either because trust me the smell never goes away if you do not shampoo it.

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answers from Columbus on

I had a similar experience just a week or so ago! Like you, I was afraid of the horrid smell I would find after the car sits for awhile! Especially now that it is warming up! I soaked up as much as I could with towels, then I used clorox wipes to get in the crevices. After that I sprayed some febreeze all over the area of the spill. To my amazement, the car did not smell like spoiled milk! You could also use baking soda. Just sprinkle it over the area and let it sit for a while and then vacuum it up. I would only spend the money to have it professionally cleaned as a last resort. Good luck to you! Oh, what messes we find ourselves in!



answers from Terre Haute on

Try baking soda as a "carpet" deodorizer. Let it sit and then vaccum up. do it quickly because otherwise the smell willcontinue to get worse.
Also vinegar takes up smells, but some can't tolerate that smell either



answers from Cincinnati on

I would go get it detailed. By the time and money you spend TRYING to get it out and fail you would have spent the same amt at the detail place. PLUS they will do the rest of your car and it will seem like brand new

if you decide to NOT go that route, SImple Green works wonders. Get a bucket of water, put 1 cup of simple green and dump the bucket onto the carpet (yes the whole bucket)...scrub scrub scrub and let sit for about 30 mins...then get a shop vac to soak all that water back up. your car will have to air dry for an hour or so. its alot of work but does work.
Personally I would spend the $100 to get it detailed.



answers from Cleveland on

We just used a new car wash's (sp) carpet cleaner ourselves and while I had major doubt, my hubby was sure it would work. TRY IT! It cleaned ALL the major grossness from his FORD plant floors off of our car. Give it a shot!



answers from Columbus on

Shampoo the carpet in your car you can do it yourself with a rug doctor machine. The rent for less than $30.00. When you are finished let the carpet dry and sprinkle baking soda on it. Let that sit for a few days then vaccuum it up. If the car still smells roll the windows down whenever you can and it sits still. I had a cat pee in the car once and that's what I did. The smell went away after a few weeks.



answers from Indianapolis on

They have some pretty good foaming carpet cleaning products available these days. Also, Sparkling Image does carpets for under $50. Either way if you don't do something soon it will smell sooooo bad!



answers from Youngstown on

Get Borax and pour it all over the wet areas and rub it in. Vacuum it up when it dries. Then get the area lightly damp and rub it in again. I've used this for years when we had dogs that would go on the couch, carpets, and mattresses. It's great for shouldn't have to repeat it too many times. Then when the odor is gone I'd definitely use a car shampoo to do the interior again.

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