How to get diarrhoea stains out of the carpet

Diarrhoea is an unpleasant experience whether you're suffering from it or cleaning it out of your carpet. The softer, more liquidy version of faecal stains soaks into carpet fibres and spreads into surrounding areas. A fast response time will keep the stain from spreading by isolating it. Common household supplies help you remove the stain along with the unpleasant odour.

Remove any solid diarrhoea by picking it up with paper towels. Pick up as much as possible and dispose of it in a bin bag.

Pour soda water over the remaining diarrhoea stain on your carpet. Blot the stain with paper towels to lift it and the soda. Work from the outside area of the stain into the middle to avoid spreading the stain.

Combine the washing-up liquid and white vinegar with 500 ml (2 cups) of water in a bowl. Dip a clean cloth in the soap solution and sponge the rest of the diarrhoea stain. As the stain transfers to your cloth, change to a clean cloth and continue to blot the stain from your carpet.

Tackle any remaining diarrhoea stain by drizzling a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on to the stain. Add two or three drops of ammonia and blot the liquids into your carpet with a clean cloth.

Extract excess moisture from your carpet with a wet vacuum. Move the wet vacuum back and forth over your carpet until no more water is extracted. Allow your carpet to air dry.


After removing solid matter from a diarrhoea stain sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the carpet to absorb the liquid.

Pet odour neutraliser sprinkled on the carpet helps break down odour-causing bacteria so no smell lingers.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Bin bags
  • Soda water
  • Bowl
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) washing-up liquid
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) white vinegar
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Eye dropper
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Wet vacuum
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.