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

Updated on July 29, 2008
A.B. asks from Hillsboro, ND
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My brother & sister-in-law have had a roommate for the past year. While he was gone on vacation, they went in his room to clean out some of the trash in there and found an old red kool-aid stain on the carpet. They've tried OxiClean & another carpet cleaner but they didn't work. Anybody have any other ideas or tricks that have worked for them? They live in an apartment so this is going to make a difference with getting their deposit back when they move. Thanks!

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answers from Minneapolis on

It may not work on a stain that old, but what I use for everything is Windex. Other BLUE window cleaners work too. (Purple or white doesn't work so it is something in the blue coloring.) I have been able to get dark green frosting out with this.

Try saturating it with window cleaner and then take a clean, damp towel and blot it. I put the towel down and step on it. Don't rub, it just makes the mess go deeper.

The other thing you might try takes a little nerve and I don't know if it would work or not, so if you try it, you are on your own. (Don't blame me.)

Here goes: When I was in beauty school I learned that to get hair color stains out you use hair color. The principle is this, "like takes out like." If the carpet was ruined anyway, it might be worth trying this. Fill an empty spray bottle with diluted kool-aid in the same color(at least twice as much water as usual.) Don't add sugar, just the powder. When it is saturated, spray it with window cleaner and blot as above. I believe it would work, but haven't had a reason to test it. If you do try it, tell us all what happens. The worst that would happen is a slightly darker shade of red.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Mix warm water with Dawn dish soap. Let it sit on the stain for a little (not to the point it dries). Cover with a cotton towel and iron it up. The steam from the iron helps pull the stain up. It might take a few times, but it will get lighter and lighter every time.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Another one who says the dawn dishsoap and an iron. I had 5 red kool-aid stains on my carpet and was sure I was going to have to replace it. I tried this thinking there was no way it would work and the stains COMPLETELY came out. Tell them to stop spending money on cleaners and just buy a bottle of dawn. :)




answers from Minneapolis on

I have a great thing that works on taking any stain out of anything. If you would like to learn more please email me ar [email protected] thanks for your time.



answers from Rapid City on

I put the oxy clean in my carpet shampooer and it usually takes out anything. If they aren't using a carpet steam cleaner but just the bottled carpet cleaning solution, they may have to rent a steam cleaner. It will pull up the stuff from the bottom. I would have the roommate pay for the deposit that they won't be getting back if it doesn't work.



answers from Omaha on

Dear A.
I read your request and had to write I know what will work. I use to sell Amway years ago they have a product called redu and it works, I use to do demos with red kool-aid on a rag put it in the water with redu and everyone was amazed how fast it got it clean totaly white again. it even works great for rust stains,yellowing whites it is great but in order for you to get some of this great stuff you need to find a amway dealer look in the phone book

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