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How to clean milk out of car carpet

Kids in the car often result in accidents and stains when they spill. When the unfortunate accident occurs and milk spills all over your car carpets, you must act quickly to prevent the bacteria from multiplying and creating a distasteful odour. Because nobody wants to drive around in a car emanating a sour milk smell, clean milk out of a car carpet as soon as possible after it spills to restore your car carpeting to its former clean condition.

Remove any removable carpets with spills from the car immediately to try to contain the spread of the spill. Proceed with the cleaning process on both the removable carpets and the carpets permanently affixed to the interior of the car.

Blot up as much excess milk as possible with the paper towels.

Fill the bucket with warm water and add enough dishwashing detergent to make soapy water.

Dip the scrub brush into the sudsy water and scrub at the milk spill on the carpet to remove as much of the milk as possible.

Rinse the soapy water out of the carpet by applying clear water to the carpet after you finish scrubbing it.

Absorb as much moisture from the carpet as possible with paper towels.

Saturate the carpet area lightly with white vinegar. The white vinegar will neutralise any remaining bacteria and prevent odours from occurring. Allow the white vinegar to sit on the stain for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse the carpet with clear water to remove the vinegar. Blot up excess moisture with paper towels. Allow to dry.

Sprinkle the stained areas on the carpet liberally with baking soda and allow the baking soda to sit on the stains for 12 to 24 hours.

Vacuum the baking soda from the carpet after the time elapses to finish cleaning.

Replace the removable carpets into the car after all carpeted surfaces dry completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Bucket
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Scrub brush
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner (with attachments)
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.