Miracle Carpet Stain Remover . . . Just 2 Ingredients!

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This week we have been doing some minor home remodeling which has resulted in the need to rearrange our furniture in the living areas. BIG MISTAKE! Let’s just say I was more than a little horrified by how dirty the high traffic areas of our carpets were compared to the areas under the furniture we moved.

I immediately thought of my Miracle Carpet Stain Remover post and decided it was the perfect choice for today’s archive diving. I plan on using it to tackle my carpet this weekend (and I’ll be sure to take some updated photos to replace these pretty awful ones!)

–Originally posted December 24, 2011–

It started with this post about making your own homemade version of “Shout” laundry stain remover.  A couple of people asked if they could use it on their carpet stains too.  I didn’t know the answer to that because I’d never thought to try it…but was definitely going to give it a go.

That was before this comment was posted by Tammie:


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Let me let you in on a little secret about me (ok it’s not really a secret…maybe a really badly-kept one!). I am a naturally CURIOUS, IMPATIENT, AND OBSESSIVE person (which would explain a lot about my choice of a career in TV news), and I simply can’t read something like that and not give it a try myself, immediately!
So….instead of finishing up the 101 things I still had to do before my Christmas Eve dinner party I was hosting in a matter of hours….I was sitting on the floor with my steam iron, a spray bottle filled with ammonia & water, and several white towels!

(Don’t ask about the carpet color…it came with the house when we bought it. My best guess is that when the builders of the house originally put the wall-to-wall berber carpet in…they were a smidge short and just grabbed whatever was on sale in the remnant department of the carpeting store to finish up this basement bedroom.)

All I had to go on were the two lines written in that comment above….but honestly…that’s all you need to know.  I filled an empty spray bottle with 1 part ammonia & 1 part HOT water, sprayed it LIBERALLY on the stain, laid the clean white towel on top of it and started ironing away!  Within literally SECONDS…this is what the WHITE towel looked like.

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I repeated the process maybe two more times….and the stain was GONE.  A stain that has been there for I don’t even remember how long! Gone!  G O N E!

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My 16 year old son was helping me and he and I were AMAZED! We could hardly believe our eyes. It was so easy and quick and there wasn’t even any scrubbing involved.  Who would have ever thought to use a steam iron and a towel to draw the stain up out of the carpet? Well, probably some of you…but not me!  Simply brilliant.

This smashing success spurred me on to tackle the MUCH bigger stain in the same room. Once again I had NO idea how long the stain had been there….and once again….I had great success at getting out most of the stain.  If I didn’t have a dinner party deadline pressing on me….I would have probably kept at it all night long….but I had to “call the game” after about an hour because I was running out of time to get everything done.  But as you can see by THIS before and after…the miracle carpet cleaner was definitely doing the job!

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Just look at the PILE of white towels I went through before I called it a night!  That was a serious stain!

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Since most of your stains will probably be more like the first stain I showed you, I am MORE than confident in saying……TRY IT!!! It truly is amazing stuff! Can’t wait to try it on more stains! :-)

Oh….I almost forgot……




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  1. Laura says

    Be careful! I did this and made a nice burn spot on the carpet. We ended up needing to replace the whole thing. :(

    • silverdust says

      Me too. I tried to “lift” candle wax off of a cream-colored berber on the steps via warm iron and paper toweling. I have had to live with a black patch in a cream rug ever since. Carpet is nylon and it melts! Hubby has never let me live it down.

  2. barbara says

    our dogs all ate something that disagreed with them…..and we only feed them dog food. well ordinary means did not clean the spots. I remembered you mentioned the above recipe, but I decided to try your wonders of peroxide instead…WOW…WOW….WOW….spots came out immediately without discoloring carpet…my husband was amazed. I had already cleaned carpet w machine..NOTHING…then used peroixde…perfection. thanks Jillie

  3. Ruthie says

    Going to try this weekend on the residue of hair ball stains from cats, guessing it is stomach acid or some such biological stain.
    Will report back.
    Thanks once again Jillee.

  4. Cathy says

    Jillee, I love your oldie but goodies. It is good for me to hear something more than once. You take a save your sanity day anytime. I learn so much from you that I really NEED you to stay sane. I am that selfish. Now I am going to go finally clean those carpet stains in my daughter’s room. Love you!!!!!

  5. says

    PERFECT timing! We just bought a new couch and it is a tad smaller than the old (and stinky, dirty) one and, even though the carpet is barely two years old, I definitely noticed the ‘darker’ areas in the high traffic zone. Can’t wait to try yet another miracle from you, Jillee! Thanks so much!

  6. Angela says

    I have done this using vinegar instead and it worked great. This is life saver on any red stains, they are the worst.