Red Kool Aid on Carpet

How do I remove red Kool-aid stains from carpet?

By Bruce from Pittsburgh, PA


Red Kool Aid on Carpet

Go to this website:


It has some good professional tips. (05/13/2010)

By yoder178

Red Kool Aid on Carpet

I live in Houston, TX USA and there is a product in the cleaning aisle of my grocery store called "Incredible". It really is.

Check your store. It's a cylinder plastic bottle with a white background and the letters are printed in red and blue. Sorry, I don't know the manufacturer, but I bet you could Google it.

Good luck. Talk about a pain; that's the worst color to get out of anything, I think.

You might try RIT which is a clothing dye you can use at home. Also in the cleaning aisle. They make a product that removes color from clothing, but maybe it will work for carpet, too.

Good luck to you! (06/13/2010)

By metroplex

Red Kool Aid on Carpet

Oxiclean maybe? (06/14/2010)

By mollyring

Red Kool Aid on Carpet


Sorry it took me so long to post. Several years ago I got red stains on white carpet. I called my carpet man who suggested a product called "Red Out". I got it from him. It is a 16 oz bottle. Information from the bottle: A Dyco Product from Hawk Mfg. Co Dallas, TX. 1-800-255-6020. You apply it, then put a white wet towel over it and use a steam iron. It takes a while to see results, but it works. Good luck to you. Disclaimer: I don't work for the company. Call a carpet dealer to see if they may have it for you. Good luck! (06/23/2010)

By Happy05

This really works!

I read here on ThriftyFun about using hot water, Dawn soap, white towels, and an iron to remove red Kool Aid (or in my case Crystal Light stains) from carpet.

I came home from vacation to find the 1 1/2 by 6 inch bright pinkish-red stain in the middle of my 50 year old Karistan cream-colored rug. I tried an entire bottle of Folex, Fuller's upholstery cleaner, and even gave Nature's Miracle a try. The Folex took a very little bit of it out, but the stain was still very dark and very bright. This cheap, easy method is what worked:

  • 6 cups of hot water
  • 4 drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid (I have the foaming kind, but it worked)
  • old white bath towels (I think white is best just so you can see the stain being absorbed while none of the dye from the towel can stain your carpet)
  • iron

In a bucket or pan, mix the water and Dawn soap. Dunk a towel in and squeeze the excess water out. With your fingers, sprinkle some of the soap/water mixture directly on the stain and agitate a bit with your fingers. Place the damp towel over the stain. Place the iron on the towel over the stain for a few seconds. (The directions I used said to use a warm iron, but as my rug is wool I went ahead and used the hot/cotton iron setting. I imagine that warm would be best for synthetic carpets/upholstery.) When you move the iron, you should see a pink stain on the towel. Move to the next section of the stain and repeat.

I repeated this process 7-8 times (about 15 minutes) to get the stain out. I think I may be able to still see a very, very faint pink tint, but I am going to wait for it to dry to be sure. If I still see anything I will do it a few more times.
Thank you, thank you for this idea!

By KristenP

Red Kool Aid on Carpet

I have been working on a cherry Crystal Light stain for months now. I have tried so much it makes me sick. I never would have believed this if I hadn't done it myself. The water, Dawn, and iron. Keep changing the towels and it is gone. I was able to keep the stain hidden from my husband by moving furniture around. I can now rearrange my living room without having that worry anymore. Thank you so much for the person who started this post. I still can't believe it worked so well. Just wish I would have tried this first. (07/07/2010)

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