DIY Stain Remover

A few days ago I was sitting down getting ready to get on my laptop. I was pulling it over to my lap and down went my cup of coffee in my cute, new mug! I didn’t break the mug, but I thought I ruined the carpet.

I ran, got my dishcloth and the Dawn dishwashing liquid and made an attempt at blotting, and cleaning it. Once it dried, I had a big, dark brown coffee stain on my tan carpet. I thought it will be gone once it dried. I’ve read and seen on TV that Dawn can remove almost anything. Major fail, major.

Here are the coffee stain and another spot near my front door.

The lighting isn’t the best, but you can see the two spots. The one on the left is huge.

Goodness, I thought I’m gonna have to have this carpet cleaned and we just moved in here. Then I went to Facebook on my personal and fan page to inquire about removing stains using OxiClean. I got a few responses that they’ve heard it would work. OxiClean is expensive and I didn’t want to spend that much today. One of my friends did suggest OxiClean, vinegar, and Dawn.

So I went to Pinterest, the creative Google and started searching. I found one method that several blogs and magazine articles were swearing by, Dawn dishwashing liquid, and hydrogen peroxide. It’s for all stains, not just carpet stains. I wasn’t sure about this, but I needed to get rid of that stain. It wasn’t small and remember we are renting.

The formula called for:

  • 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid

Saturate the area pretty good then scrub with a brush. I let it dry for a few hours. It was much cheaper than using OxiClean, I purchased the Hydrogen Peroxide, bottle, and brush at Dollar Tree for $1 each.

My husband was really nervous, told me to test it before I used it on the coffee stain. So I tried the spot at near the front door first. I could almost immediately see the difference. Here’s the after of the big coffee stain and the other small stain. I can’t believe it, pretty awesome. The pictures really don’t do it justice, but I’m very pleased. This is my go-to for stain removal now. My husband was even impressed.

I dibble and dabble in DIY projects, being a homeowner you have too from time to time. I admit, I usually hire people to do these things. If this had been in my home, I would have had the carpet cleaned. We just moved in here and I made a mess already. It’s cleaned and I’m extremely happy.

I absolutely love Pinterest. Are you all on Pinterest? It’s an awesome tool for all things creative and DIY. Tried, tested and proven!