Kool-Aid has a habit of spilling precisely on the spot you don’t want it to be.
This is especially true when you have children and carpeting in your house.
Getting Kool-Aid stains out of carpet may seem impossible—the stain is a bright dye stain, and you can’t just throw the carpet into the washing machine.
You don’t have to panic, though.
We’ve done the research, and learning how to remove Kool-Aid stains from carpet is easy.
You need a few common household cleaning materials to get your carpets back to normal.
What You’ll Need
You’ll need a few everyday household items to get Kool-Aid out of your carpet.
The above items are all you will need to remove Kool-Aid stains from your carpet.
Continue reading below for detailed step-by-step instructions.
1. Blot the affected area with paper towels
Kool-Aid is a dye stain, so the quicker you act, the easier it will be to remove.
As soon as Kool-Aid has spilled on your carpet, begin blotting the stain with paper towels.
Be careful not to scrub the Kool-Aid into the carpet.
The goal is to remove as much Kool-Aid as possible without rubbing it deeper into the carpet.
Use as many paper towels as necessary to blot up as much Kool-Aid as possible, working from the outside of the affected area towards the center to avoid spreading the stain further.
2. Wash the area with soap and water
Once you have removed as much of the Kool-Aid as possible, mix 1 cup of warm water with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
Apply your cleaning solution directly to the Kool-Aid stain using a fresh cloth.
Work from the outside of the stain towards the center and continue until the Kool-Aid stain is completely gone.
Pro tip: Do not soak your cleaning rag in the soap and water solution. Make sure your cleaning cloth is only damp to soak up the Kool-Aid. The goal is to soak up the remaining Kool-Aid after dislodging it from the carpet with soap and water.
3. Apply a vinegar solution to the stain
An age-old question goes, “can vinegar remove Kool-Aid stains?
The answer to that is an absolute yes.
If you have trouble removing all of the Kool-Aid using only soap, mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar.
Use a clean cloth to blot the affected area with your vinegar solution.
Repeat until the Kool-Aid stain is completely gone, being careful not to over saturate your carpet with liquid.
Once the Kool-Aid is completely gone, rinse the affected area.
Now that the Kool-Aid stain is completely gone pour a little fresh water over the affected area.
The goal is to rinse the carpet of any lingering soap or vinegar, which can cause issues if left on the carpet indefinitely.
4. Dry completely
After rinsing the area, blot your carpet dry with either cleaning cloths or paper towels.
Ensure that the carpet is completely dry, so use as many towels as necessary.
Leaving moisture in your carpet can encourage mildew to settle in, which is not ideal, so thoroughly dry your carpet before washing your hands of the whole stain.
Pro tip: If possible, allow your carpet to dry in direct sunlight to speed up the drying process. You can also vacuum the area to remove any lingering cleaning materials and lift the carpet fibers, ensuring that no water has been accidentally trapped underneath.
Here is a video demonstrating how to remove Kool-Aid stains from carpet.
0:06—Dab the affected area with paper towels.
0:15—Mix a cup of warm water with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
0:21—Dab the affected area with the soap and water mixture.
0:34—If the stain is not gone, mix 2 cups of water and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar.
0:39—Apply the vinegar solution to the Kool-Aid stain.
0:48—If the Kool-Aid stain is particularly stubborn, mix a cup of water with one tablespoon of ammonia.
0:54—Apply the ammonia solution to the affected area.
1:10—Rinse the affected area with cool water once the Kool-Aid stain is not visible anymore.
1:15—Blot up any remaining moisture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use club soda to remove Kool-Aid stains from the carpet?
You can use club soda to get Kool-Aid out of your carpet.
Club soda can help remove stains due to its carbonation, so if you choose to use this method, apply a little club soda directly to the affected area.
Blot with a clean towel until the Kool-Aid stain lifts from the carpet.
If the club soda is not enough to remove the stain altogether, apply a little lemon juice to the stain and blot again.
You should see the Kool-Aid stain released from the carpet.
Once the stain is completely gone, rinse the area with cool water and dry thoroughly.
How do I use ammonia on a stubborn Kool-Aid stain on my carpet?
If you are dealing with a particularly deep or older Kool-Aid stain, you might want to try using some ammonia to remove it from your carpet.
Mix one cup of water with one tablespoon of ammonia.
Blot the ammonia solution onto the stain, working from the outside towards the middle to prevent the stain from spreading further.
Once the stain is gone, rinse the area with water and dry thoroughly.
Ammonia is generally safe to use on carpets, especially carpets with synthetic material.
Suppose you have a wool carpet or a carpet made with only natural fibers.
In that case, the ammonia could disintegrate the carpet fibers, so check your ammonia solution on an inconspicuous area before applying it to the affected area.