Chocolate milk is a great way to get nutrients into our children. However, when it’s spilled on carpet, it leaves a dark, sticky stain with an unpleasant odor. Since the carpet fibers are absorbent, the stain spreads easily, so the most important thing is to contain the stain quickly. Here are step-by-step instructions:
- Lay paper towels over the chocolate milk stain. As soon as each towel absorbs the milk, toss it out and replace it with another towel. Continue doing this until you can’t soak up any more milk.
- Cover the remaining stain with table salt to absorb the moisture that has worked its way down into the fibers. After 20 minutes, vacuum it up.
- Mix 1 tbsp. dish washing liquid with 2 cups of warm water. Wet a clean cloth with the soap solution, then squeeze out as much water as possible. Blot at the stain on your carpet, starting with the outside of the stain and working in toward the middle.
- Wet a clean cloth in water and rinse the soap solution our of the carpet. Pat the carpet dry with another clean cloth.
- Stir 1 tbsp. ammonia into 2 cups warm water. Sponge this solution onto the remaining stain with a clean cloth. Alternate sponging it with the diluted ammonia, then patting it dry with a clean cloth.
- Combine 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water. Dab this solution onto the carpet to neutralize the ammonia solution.
- Wick moisture out of the carpet by pressing dry cloths on the fibers. Continue doing this until the cloth absorbs no more moisture.