Cleaning Kool-Aid Stains from Carpet


January 16, 2009

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:


  1. Put dish soap and water on the stain and let it set for about a minute.

  2. Take a white t shirt and put it over the stain. Use the very edges so that you can repeat this step by using all the surface area of the t-shirt.

  3. Take hot iron and run it over the t-shirt that is over the stain. you will start to notice the stain transferring onto the t-shirt. In my case, at the end of this procedure, my t -shirt was almost completely red and it also took out a lot of dirt that one might not notice.

Repeat these steps until it is all gone. It's like magic!

By John

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How can I get a red Kool Aid stain out of my carpet without using an iron (because I don't own one)?


October 22, 20170 found this helpful
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Removing a stain. I have used the following methods successfully:

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2 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part blue Dawn. Scrub gently with brush. Spray with distilled water and blot with clean white rag.

Step 2
Use Soft-Scrub without bleach. This removed a cherry/vomit stain which occurred when our then 4-year old gorged herself on cherries. We were sure we would have to replace the carpet until we used this. We enjoyed the carpet for many more stain-free years.

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October 29, 20170 found this helpful
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Pour clean hot water over the stain then cover with a white towel, iron the towel over the stained area and then move the towel each time it has abdorbed any of the stain. Once fairly dry, repeat as necessary. This takes time but it does work. Using a white towel enables you to check if the stain is actually coming out.

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September 14, 2010

How do I get Kool-Aid stains out of my carpet?

By stacey from Strathmore, Alberta


September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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August 31, 2011

How do I get Kool-Aid stains out of carpet?

By pattithomas2011 from Pearson, GA


September 18, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

Blessings, Robyn

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August 22, 2011

How do I get a red Kool-Aid stain out of my carpet?

By LaRena713 from Galesburg, MI


October 4, 20110 found this helpful
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I use oxyclean with good results, and a scrub brush.

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February 26, 2019

I have red stains on my carpet from Kool-Aid. I think Ive tried everything, even ironing it out. Any ideas?


February 26, 20190 found this helpful

Many years ago I had a vomit/cherry stain on new carpet. I used Soft Scrub without bleach and it was the only thing that worked. I still have the carpet!

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February 26, 20190 found this helpful

Our beloved Thrifty Fun (this site) has a whole chain of suggestions that people swear by:

I did best with the Dawn method (not the extra power kind, just the plain kind).

Hope one works for you! Post back your progress!

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February 26, 20190 found this helpful

I've had good effect with hydrogen peroxide and also enzymatic cleaners. But I have never tried to take off something like Kool Aid, which could be tough since it's actually dye IE meant to permanently stain things.

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February 26, 20190 found this helpful


Mix 2 cups of water (that is warm) with 1/4 tsp dish detergent, like Dawn.

Dampen the area, but do not soak it with this mixture.

Lay a white cloth over the stain.

Run an iron over the stain, not pressing down on the iron.

Keep on doing this until the stain is gone.

Use a clean part of the towel each time you iron above the stain.

Keep repeating this until the stain is gone.

Use a fresh towel to go over the area and make the carpet look like it did before, fluffy and clean.


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How do I get red Kool-Aid out of carpet?

By Charleen


December 7, 20170 found this helpful

Scrub it with Dawn. You can also shampoo the carpet and put a bit of oxyclean in with the shampoo.

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

I had good luck with a cherry stain by using Soft Scrub. Get the variety without bleach

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March 20, 2012

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

By Olga


March 21, 20120 found this helpful

I have had good success using vinegar to remove old wine stains.

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April 6, 20210 found this helpful

Vinegar sets a color in the fiber. Haven't you ever dyed Easter eggs or put vinegar in your Levi's. Don't use on a carpet unless you want a permanent dot on it. I could be wrong but it's common sense. Ammonia and steam iron just over the stain and don't press down too hard or you will burn the carpet and the fibers will separate... That is of course unless it on a low setting but most steam works on high. So just go over it without pressing on the carpet just keep blotting and pressing the steam.... I just removed three day old cherry mango popsicle juice that melted and I forgot about it on a beige apparent carpet and it's out completely.... No vinegar though!!

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October 3, 2013

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.

By Debbie

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December 25, 2012

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?

By Sammi

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