The thought of kids drinking Kool-aid on the carpet is enough to make any parent cringe. Those brightly colored stains are hard to remove. This is a guide about removing Kool-aid stains from carpet.
I spilled Hawaiian punch on my carpet and it dried a big red stain into my carpet. I tried resolve and spot shot and neither got them out by themselves. I found this website. Although it seems I couldn't find the original post. Here's how I got it out:
Repeat these steps until it is all gone. It's like magic!
By stacey 1
How do I get Kool-Aid stains out of my carpet?
By Stacey from Strathmore, Alberta
September 16, 2010
The best way I know is to use your steam iron. Wet a white towel and wring it nearly dry. Turn your iron on the highest steam setting. Place the wet towel over the rug stain, then hold the iron a little above the towel and steam away. You may need to do this several times to get the entire stain out. You should be able to see the stain move from the rug into the wet cloth.
How do I get Kool-Aid stains out of carpet?
By Patti from Pearson, GA
September 18, 2011
1/4 tsp. mild liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
Blot the solution onto the stain. Work from the edges of the stain toward the center of the stain to ensure that you are not spreading it. Gently agitate rather than rub the stain and reapply solution as necessary. Keep blotting with a white cloth. If that does not work then use:
1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water.
Keep blotting the area with a white cloth until the stain no longer transfers onto the white cloth, not rubbing but pressing.
If this is not helping, then make up an ammonia solution, remember never to use any kind of bleach with ammonia, not even on a spot that had bleach on it. You could hurt yourself by the fumes.
Mix 1 Tbsp. of ammonia with 1 cup of water if the stain is still visible. Sometimes ammonia will lighten the carpet a touch.
By LaRena713 3
How do I get a red Kool-Aid stain out of my carpet?
By LaRena713 from Galesburg, MI
I've got two big red stains in my carpet. I don't know what it is, Kool-aid or some kind of red drink
How do I get red Kool-Aid out of carpet?
My grandbaby spilled her red Kool-Aid like drink on my light colored carpet. I have tried carpet shampoo, dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and Greased Lightning on it. Nothing has worked. I am looking for suggestions on household remedies to get it up.
I have got several future brothers-in-law at my house and they love Kool Aid. I have several stains now and I am having trouble getting them out. I made a home solution consisting of Dawn dish soap, LA Awesome, vinegar, and hot water. I pour the solution on the stain and scrub the area with a brush for five minutes and then I use my carpet cleaner (filled with hot water) and go over the area until there is no more soap coming up and it stops sucking up water. So far it gets 99% of the stain out, but it is still pink (barely noticeable unless you're really paying attention.) The thing is I am a perfectionist and I want to get it completely out. Any ideas?
I need advice on getting stains out of carpet. A couple months ago someone got sick on my floor. Please help me to get the koolaid stains out of carpet before my lease is up.
We used hydrogen peroxide for stains on carpet. Get clean white cloths and Dawn dishwashing soap and water. Pour the peroxide on the cloth and gentle rib the area you might have to do this several times. Then wash and rinse real good. Do spot test if this is a solid dark carpet. You might have to repeat this but it does help get spots out.
Use selzter water. Just pour some on the stain, let it sit for 2 minutes then sponge up. Don't rub the water into the carpet. It wont help any. Dab it up with a paper towel or sponge. This helped me with some stains on the floor.
Boil some water and both slowly and carefully pour onto the spot with koolaid stain. This has removed all my koolaid stains in the past. Use of hot water will cause the koolaid stain to come out of the carpet, but remember its gotta go somewhere so use a towel to remove it as you use the water to keep it from spreading. Rubber dishwashing gloves should keep you from scaulding your hands.
I have to be honest, I was really discouraged to think that anything at all would remove the horrible koolaid stain that was sitting in front of my desk after having failed to remove it with oxyclean, bissell little green, spot shot, shout gel, and woolite oxy deep. My doubts only got worst when I ran out of chemicals to drench my carpet with: The only thing they left me with were a fresh smelling bedroom, and a horrilbe, now rosey spot - which only seems to be bigger! It turns out no chemicals were needed, just that iron trick with the blue dawn and water combo. Word of advice: take your time as it took me close to two full days to get the 12 inch diameter stain out. Be patient, and even cherry koolaid will come out.
I could not believe how the boiling water took the red koolaid stain out. Don't be afraid. Dump the whole teakettle on there after you vacuum out all you can.
By Ellen in Alaska
I used boiling water and my carpet shampooer to suck the hot water up. It did work, but be careful and don't do it TOO many times. I did and actually took some of the color of my carpet out. I guess it's better than a pink stain, though!
I mixed a small amount of dawn blue colored dish detergent with warm water and applied it to the stain. Then I put a white cloth on top of the stain and patted it with a warm (very low heat) steam iron. I repeated this procedure several times until it completely removed the koolaid stain. And it did not discolor the carpet.
By Laura K.
I just had this same problem! Our son managed to spill red koolaid in four different places in the apartment we were renting until our new house was finished being built. Wanting to get our deposit back I tried everything to get the stains out. The ONLY THING that worked was the iron trick. I took a big tub of cold water, soaked a washcloth in it, folded it in half, then laid it sopping wet over the stain. Next I laid a VERY HOT iron on top of that. Once the washcloth was kind of dry I soaked the washcloth in the cold water again to cool it off and started the process all over again. It took some time but it DID get the stains out!
Kool Aid stain in the new car: Dawn dishsoap with a warm towel over it and a hot steamy iron did the trick. The warm towel was pretty soaked. I had tried M-30, oxy magic, tide with bleach, commercial cleaner in a carpet cleaner, and peroxide. Only the steamy wet towel did the trick.
I had old kool-aid stains on my biege carpet. It was horrible, I tried everything and nothing worked. I am so happy, the wet cloth and steam ironing worked great. Carpet is like new.
By Gina Padin
Dawn worked for Gatorade.
By Dawn Lynn
Anybody know what will get out red kool-aid from kids bedroom carpet?
Go to a liquor store and buy WINE-OUT. This removes anything RED.
If you have set in koolaid or dye in your rugs or clothes, there is a product by your cleaning supplies in your market called Dye Out. It comes in a small 3 x 3 package and it really is a gem. I love it.
Wet a towel and put on the stain, then take out your steam iron and steam it out! It has worked on kool aid stains from 2 years ago.
Take a bowl of water and pour a very little ammonia in the bowl and then take a brush ( srcubbing brush with a handle ) dip in the mixture and then scrub carpet really good. Then get a white towel and you will see the dirt form the carpet.
We just moved in to a new home and I recently spilled red kool-aid on my light colored carpet. I immediately got online and did a search. I found this website with the steam ironing trick! It really works!
The iron trick really works. My daughter spilled her fruit punch all over the floor and I tried everything to get it up right away and nothing worked. We have an apartment so I had to get the stain out because I didn't want to pay for a new carpet. The steam trick really works but it does take a while to do it. Just get a wet towel and put the iron on top and go back and forth until the stain is gone. Good luck! (06/09/2006)
I found the wetting the carpet and using a towel and hot iron works well. Some tips on this - one, it seems to work the Best when its the less traveled over carpet (like on the edges of the room etc) - it picks it Right up then. Really traveled sections it Almost took all the red out - but it was a definite improvement. Also - be sure to Wet the carpet down pretty well - and i dont think you need to wet the towel, as it will pickup the steam very quickly. At first i just wet the towel, but that didnt work well. Also - i havent tried doing a combo of hydrogen peroxide mixed in the water, and the iron/towel trick - that might be better.
Be careful i tried this - it worked on the stain but it also took out the color of my carpet - now i have a white/yellow spot on my beige carpet!
My son just spilled red Koolaid on our carpeting and I need help removing it. Any suggestions?
Kelli from Duluth, GA
I just spilled a red berry wine cooler on a carpet that is an antique white color. I read all of the posts here. The stain was 5+ hours old, as the cat had jumped on the table during the night bumping the half full glass of the table. Anyway, I used two methods. It took over two hours.
I used the boiling water method and alternated it with the dawn liquid method.
I poured the boiling water as instructed in the posts and used a Bissell home carpet/upholstery vac to vacuum it up. Then I'd put the dawn/water mixture (two shot glasses dawn to 3 cups water) and let it soak and blot. Then more boiling water and vacuum water and then more dawn and so forth for one hour, the stain is almost indistinguishable now.
Iron w/damp towel and kool-aid really does work.....it's actually surprising!
By Stephanie O....Carlton Minnesota
I worked somewhat, it is time consuming, but it works.
How do you get red kool-aid out of carpet?
Lynn from Lincoln, Nebraska
Thanks so much for this tip! My daughter spilled red kool-aid on the carpet yesterday and after using everything else, I tried your suggestion. And after an hour of using the hot water with Dawn and an iron on the acrylic setting, the stain is just about gone. WOW! (03/13/2007)
Thank you guys so much! My two year old left her sippy cup of kool-aid under the couch and I found it three days later. Spilled all over and dried. I tried carpet cleaner, and soap and water, did not work. So then I found this web site and tried the wet cloth with a hot iron. Took me about 30 minutes, but it is out. And I have a light cream carpet! (03/20/2007)
Is the dawn the regular dish soap or the new oxy stuff? Do you mix with the hot water? I have tons of stains to get out of the rental carpet. Thanks for help. (04/23/2007)
WOW! Go straight to the tide/dawn water combo w/ a white cloth and a hot iron. It still took 30 minutes to get it out, but 5 times better than the three plus hours I already spent on the rug. Rarely does my iron get much use. This use is AMAZING! Thank you! (05/05/2007)
I had a red Gatorade stain that would not budge. I went through steam cleaning, spot shot, folex, everything! 1 tsp of dawn soap in 4 cups of water, pour it on the stain, put a white dish cloth over the top and iron the dishcloth. The stain was gone, amazing. (06/09/2007)
It really works. I thought it was stupid, but it really works. It takes about 30 minutes though. You might want to change towels too. (06/14/2007)
I had a few kool aid stains in my sofa. I tried the hot iron with a mild detergent in water and it worked like a charm. Thanks so much for posting this suggestion. (07/08/2007)
DO NOT use Gonzo stain remover on red Kool Aid. It just spreads the stain around, so you're only making things worse for yourself. Thought you might like to know. (07/09/2007)
I must say that yes, the ironing does work. The only bit I would add, just to make it look a little better after you are done, is to not OVER SOAK the carpet. Yes, it probably needs to be a little wet along with the rag, but at the same time, if you over soak or get too much soap on it, then it kinda mats up on you afterward. I had about a 3 day old carpet when this happened and that helped it come out better, but afterward, it looked older on the spot like it had been matted down. It should dry out a little quicker too if you don't over soak. But it does work! (07/10/2007)
Thank you for the tip. My son spilled red Gatorade on our new carpet. I used carpet cleaner, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, vinegar and none of it worked. I didn't have Dawn, so I used Bath and Body Works foaming hand soap, water, a rag, and a hot iron. A half an hour later the stain was gone. Thanks for the tip. This could put carpet cleaners out of business. (07/18/2007)
Oh My Goodness! We had rented a rug doctor, tried every other stain recommendation we saw on line and then ran across this! My stain is completely gone! This was an amazing tip!
We used 1/2 tsp tide, 1/2 tsp dawn with 4 cups of water - placed a white towel over the top and ironed like crazy! I knew it was working as soon as I saw the towel turn pink. It took a few times because there was a lot of Gatorade, but wow!
Great TIP! (08/10/2007)
I tried everything I could think of to get the kool-aid out of our light carpet. I had a carpet cleaner come and he only made it worse. I came on this site and found about the dawn dish soap and iron. Let me tell you it worked instantly. It took me 30 minutes to get out what I have been working a week on. I will tell everyone about this! (08/13/2007)
Thanks for the info! We haven't tried it yet, but plan to this weekend. I was also curious about the process and found a website explaining. Hope it helps!
1. 6 drops of dawn into 2 cups of warm water
2. Dampen white cloth lay over stain
3. Set iron to low and lay (do not press) on top of white cloth for about 15 minutes. Wait for cloth to turn red
4. Then start rinsing once you have the desired amount of stain removed.
The website stated it takes patience and time, do not rub the stain instead dab. (08/14/2007)
I honestly thought that my oxy-Resolve would do the trick for a three-day old bright red Gatorade stain on my bedroom carpet. So when it didn't work, I googled the question and ended up here. I took the iron/dawn/tide/white towel option because it had so much good feedback. IT WORKED! This stain was about a foot wide and a foot long, it took a little over thirty minutes to remove it...but you could actually hear the iron sucking up the liquid. It was amazing...thank you, thank you, thank you...now I won't be losing my security deposit! (08/24/2007)
Whoever thought of this trick is a GENIUS!
My son spilled a cup of red Crystal Light powder (enough to make a gallon) on his light tan carpet, then tried to clean it up with some spray cleaner (I discovered this crunchy stain when I stepped on it at night). There was a large dark maroon-colored stain. I tried scrubbing it for a couple of hours, which only made it worse.
The iron/white towel/hot water & dish soap trick worked like a dream. Less than 1 hour later, the stain is completely gone! Thank you! (09/11/2007)
By Happy Mama
I purchased a program vehicle and after getting it home found that there had been something red, possibly kool aid, spilled on the floor board carpet which was hid by the floor mat. I tried cleaning it with carpet cleaner but it did not budge the stain. I was very skeptical about the dawn dish soap, tide and hot iron method working but figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I am amazed how well it worked! I have gotten 3/4 of the stain out and I'm sure with a little more time I will get the rest (which is the corner and will take a little more time). Thanks for the tip. (09/17/2007)
By Cindy Mc
Thanks for the tip. I tried a stain remover and carpet cleaner none of which worked. However, the iron and dawn worked perfectly. Thanks so much! (09/20/2007)
By Keysa Marie
We had red Gatorade on white carpet. Had a cleaner come out and charge $150 and the stain was left on the carpet...faintly there. But very very visible. I did the solution everyone is talking about and ironed on a medium setting with a dishcloth.
It CAME OUT. Wow. I was panicked because our landlord would have been so mad! I will never get a carpet cleaning company again.
Another method a carpet cleaning company told me was a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and clear ammonia. Scrub and iron away! (11/01/2007)
I had two kool-aid stains about the size of half-dollar coins. Those stains have been there for the past four years (2003). I tried every cleaner possible and those darn steam machines - nothing worked.
Today, 11/7/07, found this web site and tried the wet wash cloth, dish soap, and an iron. Stains were gone in less than 20 minutes of work. Wet & rinse the wash cloth 5 to 6 times with a little dish soap over the stain and then the iron - bam - all gone.
I can not believe it; the carpet looks great (no more stains).
By Paul M.
My one year old daughter spilled orange pop all over herself and the carpet. Of course I had to get her bathed and cleaned up first so by the time I got around to cleaning the HUGE stain, 20 plus minutes had passed. I tried everything, Spot Shot, Folex, peroxide and cold water but this is the only thing that worked. I saturated a dish cloth in cold water, put it over the stain and about 15 minutes later it is gone. Not even a tinge of orange on our very light beige carpet. Thanks, Michelle. (11/12/2007)
Oh my goodness, this water/soap/iron technique rocks! I was so worried I wouldn't get the stain out but this worked. The only problem is that I may have done something slightly wrong because the gray carpet is slightly bleached looking, but I don't care it looks better than bright red! (11/15/2007)
The Iron, Dish Liquid, and towel worked miracles on my living room carpet. Our dog got into a packet of dry red cool-aid powder and it was in 6 different size areas on our carpet. We tried carpet cleaners, oxy clean, and then tried the iron trick. It worked miracles. We saw the red come up on the white towels and looked underneath to see the red slowly disappearing! Definitely try this! (11/22/2007)
The dawn/tide and iron worked great on the red kool aid (that my wife did not tell me about in her car). I found this and tried it, and it worked great. But it did slightly turn the tan carpet a gray color, but the red stain is almost completely gone! (11/26/2007)
I just wanted to let everyone know that this is the best cleaning tip in the world. Four weeks ago someone knocked over an entire glass of fruit punch on my very light blue carpets. I thought I had gotten most of it, but by the next morning it had looked even worse. I finally gave up trying to clean it and figured it would never come out until I read this. It worked miracles! This was a stain that had been set in for 4 weeks, and you would never know that there was fruit punch spilled on our carpet. Thank you so much to the person who put this tip up! (12/28/2007)
The soap/water/iron method works! Thank you! (01/12/2008)
I had orange pop on a tan rug. I didn't have Dawn or Tide. I used what I had with the iron and white towel. It's gone! (01/14/2008)
My son spilled pink tropical punch kool-aid all over the carpet. I tried woolite, resolve, kids-n-pets ( an enzyme cleaner that professionals use) nothing worked and I started freaking out. I did not want to replace the carpet. So I tried the iron method. It came right up. 1/2 tsp of dawn, 4 cups water, white cloth and iron. Pour some of the solution over the stain and place the cloth and then the iron and the stain comes up in minutes. I can't believe how much money I wasted on carpet cleaners. This is amazing. (01/21/2008)
Be careful not to get the carpet too hot. It will melt the netting that holds the carpet together. (01/25/2008)
This idea is very innovative! It really worked a MIRACLE on my tan carpet. I was about to have it professionally cleaned, but decided to try this concept and it TRULY worked wonders. Thank you so much. (02/08/2008)
It truly works! I didn't have dawn but used whatever dish liquid I had and the kool aid stain came off. The stain had been there for months. It does take patience but you will see the progress. I also put some of the liquid and dish soap onto the carpet as well and that is what made it work. Save your money and use your elbow grease, you'll be proud of yourself! (02/09/2008)
So will this work if the red Kool-aid was spilled in a car also?
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) It should but most car carpets are nylon so make sure you have your iron set at the lowest setting so you don't melt the carpet.
Thank you so much! We soaked a washcloth in hot soapy water, placed it on the stain and put the iron on it. The steam took the stain away! (03/29/2008)
The iron/water/soap thing is the best. Be patient, and do it in stages; iron for 30 minutes, rest, 30 minutes, rest. (03/30/2008)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I tried Resolve, Spot Shot, Woolite, and a steam cleaner. I put a few drops of Dawn in hot water and ironed. The spot came out! (04/21/2008)
First of all, let me tell you I am not an ironer. In order to try this, I had to dig my iron out of a box in the basement! :) It worked, I am so happy. This stain has been bugging me now for 2 years, right in the middle of the biggest area of carpet and now it's gone! Thank you so much! (04/24/2008)
Okay so I thought it was crazy, but it totally worked! The two things I would add; 1. Dunk towels in the solution and then iron the towel. Change the towels often; like have one in the solution while you iron with the other. Once the water starts to turn pink change the water. I used plain water when it got pink and needed changing. My carpet looks like it never had anything spilled on it. (04/27/2008)
This tip worked like a charm on a strawberry margarita stain. I'd wasted nearly half a box of oxy clean, a bunch of borax, a whole lot of carpet cleaning solution, and muscle power (scrubbing with my little green carpet cleaner). The ironing took about 45 minutes, but the stain is practically invisible (it would be totally invisible if I'd done it another 15 minutes). There is a light spot, but I think it's just because that spot is now the cleanest spot in the living room. (05/25/2008)
I just want to say a huge thank you to whoever posted the original idea. Let me tell you, it saved me replacing a carpet on a home we're moving out of. I had red Gatorade spills on two of my children's carpets -- and some other unidentified stains (Thank God we're moving to a house with all hard floors!). I bought everything on the market and the best it did was turn pink. Used this method and the stains were gone -- it does take patience but it works and it's FREE! Thank you! (05/31/2008)
It works! I had a Kool Aid stain in my carpet and it's a rental. I thought "well, there goes my deposit" but it's like it was never there. (06/21/2008)
Thanks for the info. I tried the iron/dawn remedy and it worked. I used it on 4 big year old kool aid stains. I was going to buy new carpet and this saved me a lot of money. (06/24/2008)
By mom of twin toddlers
We tried everything, including a professional steam cleaner. Nothing worked! I logged on and found this recommendation and it took the entire stain out in minutes. This was awesome. (06/25/2008)
I just did like Jennifer's posting:
I just had this same problem! Our son managed to spill red kool-aid in four different places in the apartment we were renting until our new house was finished being built. Wanting to get our deposit back I tried everything to get the stains out. The ONLY THING that worked was the iron trick. I took a big tub of cold water, soaked a washcloth in it, folded it in half, then laid it sopping wet over the stain. Next I laid a VERY HOT iron on top of that. Once the washcloth was kind of dry I soaked the washcloth in the cold water again to cool it off and started the process all over again. It took some time but it DID get the stains out! (09/22/2006)
It worked perfectly this was a little time consuming but well worth it and the carpet didn't get destroyed. (06/30/2008)
I tried absolutely everything and NOTHING would get the kool-aid stain out until I tried this! It still took about an hour but it totally worked. All I had was dollar store dish soap and that worked fine. My rug didn't turn pink though, more orange-ish brown, but it still took out the bright red stain. I am so happy that it worked, I was feeling really upset about it. Woo hoo! (07/08/2008)
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This TOTALLY worked! I couldn't believe it. It is like it was never there! Blue Dawn, White washcloth and an Iron. I didn't even need to run out and get anything. I have Tan carpet and I agree with the reader above. It did lighten the carpet a little, but I think that is just because it is so clean. I feel like spending a weekend "dawn ironing" my entire HOUSE! But that's just me! (08/03/2008)
It really does work! Patience is the key to this. I used this method on my carpet in my car and in my home. Keep changing the towels. Repeat several times, it is worth it :0) (08/11/2008)
Hi all. I had a large red drink stain after my daughter's 18th birthday party. Tried soda water, steam cleaning, scrubbing and just about everything else. It's nylon carpet and I was a bit worried with the iron trick, but after an hour or so, it worked great. I wasn't sure, but had the iron set to steam and we used whatever dish washing liquid we had. It's a rental property with an inspection coming up so I am ecstatic. Many, many thanks from Australia. (08/18/2008)
Amazing! My 4 year old spilled 16 ounces of Red Kool Aid on the most obvious section of our carpet in our whole house (doorway between the dining room and kitchen). I was disheartened after reading on the Spot Shot website that the only thing it does not work on is Rust and Red Kool Aid which has special dyes in it. I tried steam cleaning, Bissell's green machine, oxy clean, Kirby food stain carpet cleaner, etc. Nothing came close to working. The first time I ironed over the stain I saw a large patch of pink soak into the white cloth. I was so happy I could cry. It's not 100% gone yet, but I will continue to work on it. Thank you! (09/12/2008)
Thanks! The iron thing really works. I am a soccer Mom and had a team kid spill red Gatorade in my SUV which has tan carpet. I was not informed until the next day when my own child saw it. Needless to say I was devastated. The SUV is only 3 months old and I have used everything under the sun to try to remove this stain.
I had given up until today, when I thought, "what the heck I will see what the internet has to suggest". I am so glad that I did. I have been working on it for 2 hours and it is almost all gone. I will say that I found it worked the best when you scrub the area with the dawn first, then apply the wet towel that also has dawn on it (4 cups of water & 1/2 tsp of dawn), then use the hot iron. I wish I could thank someone in person for saving my new truck. (09/27/2008)
The iron and dawn method really worked. I was able to remove a year-old red Gatorade stain from the tan carpet in my car. (10/02/2008)
We tried everything, and this worked great! I was ready to replace carpet. (10/24/2008)
I am needing help in getting red kool-aid and soda out of my carpet I have tried hydrogen peroxide and its not helping. Can someone help me please?
Peeweebubbamom from West Jordan, UT
Shaving cream or folex (in the carpet cleaner section) is safe for most carpets, and folex has a 100% money back guarantee! Don't be a consumer without it! They both really work great!
Linda made a great point: don't let them have it in the living room. Heck, regular juice is easier to clean up, and can be mixed with soda water for "soda" (05/24/2006)
I have used Koolaid to dye materials...may not come out. If you have to replace the carpet, talk to your insurance agent to see if this is covered
My Husband brke a bottle of red wine and we had to replace the carpet and it was coivered by our homeowners (05/25/2006)
Awsome cleaner. I used to buy it at dollar stores. Can't say that I have bought it lately, and I no longer have white counters or carpet. When I did that stuff took it right out. It worked like it was bleach, but harmed nothing that you sprayed it on. I was like magic on red, kool-aid, juice, fruit, jello, wine... any thing red. I used to buy it by the gallon. I think I used it on my husbands shirts also? can't remember, if it did not work for clothing I also have the answer for that.
Whites can be dabed with bleach & rinsed but what about colors? You spread the shirt over a big bowl or pan tie it around or tape it so it stays taught if you can. Boil a pan of water, then pour it from about 12"s above the shirt onto the shirt. It should take the stain out the 1st time, other wise boil a second pan & repeat. Like magic no more red spot on your shirt. (06/11/2006)
I spilled red koolaid on my tan berber carpet and immediately I tried Folex and also Kids'N'Pets. Neither took the stain out. We even used them in the shampooer. (07/28/2006)
Am forever spilling Kool Aid on the carpet. What works here is a combo of baking soda and vinegar. Let them bubble for several minutes then blot. If the stain is still there re-apply once or twice. (09/25/2006)
i always use rubbing alcohol and it works for me. (12/20/2007)
I tried the Oxy Clean too and it didn't work. I found on another site they say to use dawn, and water. Put the solution on the stain, then put a white towel over it and an iron. It should come out then. (02/06/2008)
I thought I was going to have to get a divorce laywer after I told my DH our 1 yr old spilled my red kool-aid all over our new carpet. I tried this trick and it's working. It will take some time but it does work! Thanks so much! (02/18/2008)
I recently searched for how to get red koolaid out of carpet and found myself on a site that gave the most wonderful advice. Mind you, I have had these stains for over a year and a half. So I quickly ran to the hardware store and bought the only thing I needed which was about $3. The stains were magically gone. I wish I could hug the person who gave the advice.
1) Mix equal parts of ammonia and water and drench your stained area.
2) Take a white rag and soak it in plain water.
3) Place the rag dripping with water on top of your stain.
4) Take a hot iron and place on top of your wet rag for 20-40 seconds. You may take off and put on for increments of 10 seconds if you would like.
You will see the red stain transfer to the white rag.
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By Forever grateful!
How do you remove red Kool-aid stains from carpet? Thanks.
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Use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, wait a few minutes, then apply again. Put a dry towel on the area and apply heat with a iron on top of the towel. You will see the stain intermediately transfer to the towel.
I spilled Hawaiian punch on my carpet and it dried leaving a big red stain in my carpet. I tried Resolve and Spot Shot and neither got it out by themselves. I found this website. Although it seems I couldn't find the original post. Here's how I got it out:
How do I remove red Kool-aid from carpet?
Traci8384 from Eau Claire, WI
I let a stain set without treating it and months later when I finally got to it I tried everything in the book to get rid of it. First I used Spot Shot, then Oxyclean, then white vinegar, and lastly Resolve. None of these really helped me.
So, I finally turned to the web and found this. I wasn't sure what to exactly do until I stumbled on this website and it seemed simple. I had all the products, so I tried it!
I took a warm bucket filled it up with warm water and put some dish soap in it and then I took a white towel and drenched it; ringing it out a few times. I then placed the towel over my stain and put an iron that was set on cotton steam on top of the towel. I noticed the stain starting to make my towel red so I knew it was working. It took majority of the stain away, its hardly noticeable. Thank you so much this really saved me! (12/19/2008)
This is awesome. Thanks so much. My grandson spilled red Kool-Aid on the carpet. I used Joy dishwashing liquid, warm water, and a white towel. I didn't have an iron, so I used a coffee pot filled with hot water. I let it sit on the stain and the red Kool-Aid came off. Thanks so much to whoever posted this answer. (02/28/2009)
By Carol from VA
How do I remove red Kool Aid stain from carpet?
By Alise524 from St. Louis, MO
Try mixing Oxy Powder with warm water. You can get the generic brand at the Dollar Store. I find it works on anything! (04/28/2009)
I spilled red on a beige rug. I called the # on the package (800.367.9225) and was told to soak with a lot of PLAIN water and sop up with white towels. No soap, just water. It worked. The woman said the company is usually called after we try everything else and then the water method will not work. (05/06/2009)
I use Dawn/Hot water/White towel and Iron. It's amazing. My 2 1/2 year old daughter spilled red juice in the middle of her room and it looked so bad. Now, the carpet is clean again. Thanks for the tips. (05/30/2009)
This is amazing. I can finally take off that throw rug (lol). I used the white towel on the stain with water and ironed it. This stain has been bothering me for six months, when my two year old daughter spilled. I told all my friends.
How do you get red Kool Aid out of carpet? It is on beige carpet, I have tried everything to clean it up.
By christyhill1 from Corbin, KY
Research how to remove or neutralize food coloring, i.e. food dyes. (06/27/2009)
My son spilled red Kool Aid on the light beige carpet in my brand new car. It was right on the hump that sticks up on the back seat floor, so I had no way to cover it up. I wanted to cry every time I got in. I tried all kinds of stain removers, carpet cleaners, etc. Then I thought to go online. Thank you all who posted about the hot water, Dawn, and steam iron. It came out almost instantly. Thanks again (07/09/2009)
I need to know how to get red Kool aid out of my carpet.
By afaust0104 from Poinciana, FL
You will have to cut this section of carpet out and glue down as close a match of carpet scrap that you can find. Even if it is not a perfect color match, it will be clean and look better than Kool Aid. (08/13/2009)
I've removed Kool-aid, fruit punch and other red stains with window cleaner. Saturated the area and blot with paper towels. Repeat as necessary. (08/13/2009)
The Dollar General Store has their own brand of carpet cleaner and it is wonderful. I took "red Kool-aid" off of my entire staircase where grandson spilled it and this product took all of it out. It is in a red spray bottle and is very inexpensive. The guys who put down our carpet told me about it and it is a great product. (08/14/2009)
Listen folks. I read all posts regarding this problem, and have found the answer. I had a huge spill of red Kool Aid. I spilled a whole cup on my circular glass coffee table, and it was everywhere. After reading a bunch of posts, I tried one that described using 7 or 8 drops of blue Dawn liquid detergent with about 2 cups of warm water. You then wet well the area to clean, then place a white cotton towel over the stain. Wet the towel with the solution as well, then use an iron on the cotton setting. I have an iron with a Teflon bottom. The iron shuts off after 30 seconds, so I had to lift and re-apply. I did it 3 times (90 seconds total).
The above procedure worked pretty well, but not perfectly. There was still light stains after I was done. I read another post that suggested doing the same procedure, but using equal parts ammonia and warm water. This works best. I can barely see the stain anymore, and my wife is thrilled.
Just know that this is not a 5 minute job. I had a large area to clean, and it took me several hours over a few days. Be patient. When using the technique, use a clean portion of the towel each time you move to a different spot. Letting it dry after cleaning, then trying again gets up more of the spot. You will see the red transfer to the towel each time.
You have my word that this works.
The dish washing liquid trick is not all that effective in the long run, it works OK, but in spite of the dish washing liquid, not because of it.
What I mean by this is the heat and steam and hot water are breaking the dye bond, not the dish washing liquid. The problem is you are steaming into the carpet detergent that will create a dark or grey spot over time since dish washing liquid attracts dirt.
A better option is a inexpensive chemical that along with the steam iron will really get rid of the spot and leave no residue. (09/04/2009)