Removing Bleach Odors From Carpet?

January 5, 2013

Label of a Clorox bleach bottle.I just moved into an older house and had a friend shampoo the carpet in the main bedroom. The only problem is that he used carpet shampoo and bleach. Now it smells like bleach. I aired it for a few days, but still smell the bleach. How can I get that smell to go away? Or should I just rip it up and put new carpet in? Plz help.


By Dave M


January 6, 20130 found this helpful

I would go over the carpet with a rag that was soaked in very hot water. I would point a fan in the room to decrease the fumes. Open a window if it is not too cold. Point another fan out of the window.

Do not mix bleach with anything like ammonia or vinegar, or other cleaners. Even putting a bowl of vinegar in a room can cause toxic fumes that can be harmful. I noticed this tip a lot on Don't do it since it creates chlorine gas.

I would keep wiping it down with very hot towels or rags, and then
pour baking soda on a plate and set in room to absorb odors. You can use activated charcoal and sit that on a plate in the room, but most people don't have that on hand.

Note: Do not put the plate of baking soda or activated charcoal in front of the fan. >:)

Blessings, Robyn

February 23, 20140 found this helpful

I completely disagree with Robyn. I followed another persons tip for removing beach smell from carpet and it worked instantly. I got hot water and filled my carpet cleaner almost to the top, then added half of a small bottle of vinegar and cleaned the carpet.


It completely took the bleach smell away instantly.

September 12, 20160 found this helpful

Problem with Nicole's suggestion you have to own the carpet shampooer, not have rented it and returned it.

A big box (2lb. 10.6oz) Arm & Hammer with Oxi Clean sprinkled liberally directly on dry carpet. I left it on for a couple of hours and then vacuumed carpet. It worked well for me.

June 25, 20180 found this helpful

Probably because the toxic gases made you lose your smell.

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October 26, 2016

How do I get the smell of bleach out a carpet?


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January 29, 20170 found this helpful

The interesting thing about bleach is that it is an alkaline substance, so it stands to reason that if you neutralize it with an acid, the smell goes away.


You should try to put white vinegar or lemon juice on it; that should do the trick.

This is also a good thing to do to get bleach off your hands or off a counter space.


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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

I would sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, leave a few hours and vacuum.

March 5, 20170 found this helpful

Don't do it, bleach and vinegar make a toxic gas DONT DO IT

August 26, 20170 found this helpful

How do u gt the smell of bleach away

April 11, 20210 found this helpful

Does the lemon juice work though??

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October 25, 2014

I cleaned the carpeting in an outdoor cat shelter with a strong solution of bleach, water, and a little laundry soap. The bleach smell is still very strong and the carpet doesn't seem to be drying even though I blotted it dry. The shelter is outside in shady area with the door open (only one entry to the shelter). I've placed fan at the opening with no good results.

By Ann M.

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