How to Make your own Stain Remover

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Don't panic if you or a guest spills a few drops, or a whole glass of red wine on your carpet or upholstery. It will come out.


I spilled an entire glass of wine on white carpet and thought I had managed to get it all up. When we moved and pulled the furniture away, I found a large spot that had gone under the dresser that had been missed. It had been there for over a year. Although it took a few applications, the dark stain did come up and you would never know it had been there. Same with the black grease/oil spot from the treadmill...gone.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Spray Bottle
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Liquid Clothes Detergent
  • In a plastic spray bottle mix 3 parts ammonia, 1 part water, and a tablespoon of liquid clothes detergent.

  • Spay the stain thoroughly (it may start to darken, this is not a problem.)

  • Dampen a light cloth with hot water and lightly rub the spot. You may need a bit more water on the cloth to get the entire spot up.

  • Spray again if necessary and repeat for heavier soiled areas. Once dry, the spot is gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use sparingly. This cleans the area thoroughly. If you are using on a carpet that is in need of cleaning, be careful not to use too much or you will have a "very clean" area that shows up more than the stain did.
  • Amonia has very strong fumes, so be sure to leave a window open and do not breath heavily over the sprayed area.
  • Amonia should never be mixed with bleach. If you are using on a rug or other article you then put into a washing machine, do not add bleach.

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