How to Get Stains Out of Carpet With Dawn Detergent

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 buckets

  • 2 white rags

  • White distilled vinegar

  • Towel

Dawn liquid dish soap effectively cuts through grease, making it suitable for removing greasy carpet stains. Protein stains on your carpet, such as cat urine or spilled milk, pose a cleaning challenge. Use a cleaning product containing enzymes, such as Dawn Plus, to tackle protein stains. However, if your carpet contains silk or wool fibers, do not use Dawn Plus. Both silk and wool are protein fibers, and the enzymes in the detergent might eat through the carpet fibers as it does the protein stain.


Step 1

Combine one tablespoon of Dawn with two cups of warm water in a small bucket.

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Step 2

Combine 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar with a quart of warm water in a second bucket.

Step 3

Dip a clean rag into the soap solution. Use a white rag, as a colored rag might transmit its dye onto your carpet.

Step 4

Blot the stain with the soapy rag to clean the area. Don't rub the stain, to avoid breaking the carpet fibers.

Step 5

Dip a clean rag into the vinegar solution, and blot the area to remove the soap. Rinse the area again using plain water. Do not oversaturate the area with water. Dry the carpet as much as possible with a clean towel.


Test the Dawn cleaning solution on an out-of-the-way portion of the carpet before you apply it to a visible area.


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