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How to remove stains from carpet

Updated on January 24, 2008

Here's a recipe for making your own carpet stain remover. I saw this on TV once...


  • Dawn diswashing liquid
  • Hydrogen peroxide (the 3% solution from drug stores is perfect)


Mix one part Dawn dishswashing liquid with one part hydrogen peroxide in a bottle. Shake the bottle for 60 seconds. This mixture will get fizzy so be careful and allow for space in your mixing bottle for expansion.

Test first:

You always need to test a stain remover before using it on your entire carpet. On a hidden area of your stained carpet, try out the removal power of this mixture.

  1. Squirt a small amount of the Dawn-Peroxide combo over the stain. (You do not need a lot of cleaner.)
  2. Use a damp sponge to massage the cleaner into the rug.
  3. Let the solution sit on the spot for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove the cleaner with a clean, damp sponge.

If you are happy with the results and the mixture does not damage your carpet, proceed to use the formula on the obivious stain.


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      13 months ago

      Hi, we have just bought our first house. When we first looked at it, there was tenants in there. The carpet is a very light grey and with their furniture and rugs on it, it looked very clean. Because the carpet is so light in colour, I was going to ban shoes. On our second inspection of the house, the tenants had moved out by now, the house was empty. The carpets were nowhere NEAR AS CLEAN as I initially thought! In fact I was shocked at the state of the carpet. The carpet had been steam cleaned, but there were A LOT of yellowish stains still on the carpet. In all the carpeted rooms. When we settled on the house and got the keys, we had the carpets deep cleaned and steam cleaned again, which wasn't cheap. The carpet cleaner said that the stains are urine, from dogs. We were quite disgusted. He told us in the lounge room alone there was about 30 urine stains, there were a fair few in the 3 bedrooms as well. I couldn't believe how these people treated the carpet. If your dog does that once, you tell it off and reprimand it, you don't let it KEEP doing it! The deep and steam clean didn't get it out. We have looked at getting the carpet replaced and have got a quote. We planned to do a few things with the house, but this was not one of them. It's just another added expense we had not planned for. My question is: Is there any chance the above procedure working on these type of set in stains? Or anything else we could do? Thank you.

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      maxie 5 years ago

      I generally use rags to remove stains. And I am very conscious about don’t with Carpet stains. You helped me very much!!! Gratitude!!!

      Brooklyn NY Carpet Cleaning-

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      I have some old stains on our rug ... and some dawn & H202. Great advice!