How to Clean Gatorade From Carpet

Chances are, a Gatorade spill doesn't match the color of your carpet. Instead of wondering how to hide that different colored area, clean it with any of several household items you may already have. Removing Gatorade may take several attempts with different homemade cleaning solutions -- some shades of the drink, such as orange, may be more difficult to remove than others. For best results, act as quickly as possible, before the dye in the drink has a chance to dry in place. Test stain treatments in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before applying them to the spill.

Kids party lemonade drinks in mason jars
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Use lids on children's drink containers and limit beverages to uncarpeted areas to prevent stains.

Paper Power

The more Gatorade you can absorb immediately after a spill, the less liquid left behind to cause a stain or to soak through to the carpet pad. Fold a paper towel -- or several, if necessary -- and press it down over the fresh spill to absorb the drink. Keep the paper towel roll handy, because it may take quite a few to absorb all the Gatorade. If more than a few ounces of Gatorade spilled, use old absorbent towels, white is best so no other dye is transferred to the carpet, wringing them out over a sink to remove the liquid. If you reuse the same towel to absorb more liquid, fold it so a clean area touches the carpet. Once it seems like most of the liquid is soaked up, fold new paper towels and set them on the spill. Stand on the paper towels to press the carpet fibers down, absorbing deep-down liquid. Continue with fresh paper towels until they stay dry, even under pressure.

Soapy Stain Lifter

For Gatorade stains, mix 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap into 2 cups of warm water. Dip a white absorbent cloth into the solution, and then wipe the Gatorade stain, working from the outer edges of the spot toward the center. Continue wiping so the soapy water works its way down into the carpet fibers a bit, but keep the cloth damp rather than soaking wet to prevent soaking the carpet pad. Allow the soap to work on the stain for 10 minutes or so. Rinse the cloth out, and wring out most of the water. Blot the stain, checking the cloth frequently to see if it absorbs any of the color. Rotate to a fresh area of the cloth whenever it does, rinsing the cloth out as needed. Once no more of the Gatorade color transfers to the cloth, wipe away the remaining soapy residue on the carpet with a clean, damp cloth.

Carbonated Carpet Cleaner

Pour a little club soda directly on top of the Gatorade stain -- use enough to make the carpet fibers damp, but not enough to create a small puddle. Wait 30 seconds or so, and then press down on the stained area with a dry white cloth to absorb the soda and some of the stain. Continue blotting with a clean area of the towel until no more Gatorade dye comes up. Pour on a little more club soda if the treatment doesn't seem to work well, blotting it up afterward. Always use plain club soda -- do not use flavored, sweetened soda drinks, even if they are clear, because they may become sticky or attract ants when dry, causing another carpet problem.

Vinegar Residue Remover

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water to create a carpet treatment that removes both drink stains and soapy residues, if you've tried soap and water already. Dip a clean white cloth into the mixture, and then dab the affected area repeatedly to wet the carpet fibers. Pour a small amount of the solution over the soiled area if the Gatorade coloring is still evident. Fold a dry white cloth over the area, and then press down on it with your hand or foot to absorb the moisture. Refold and reposition the cloth as needed, so there's always a fresh, dry area to absorb liquid from the carpet.