How to Get Ramen Out of Carpet

Chris Deziel

Freshly made ramen is hot, and it's easy to spill some when transporting a bowl from the kitchen to your favorite lounge chair. The noodles are wheat, and you can usually vacuum those up without much trouble -- especially if you let them dry first.

The soup stock is a different matter; it leaves an unsightly yellow stain that broadcasts your fondness for the budget meal. You don't have to let a simple spill divulge your culinary preferences, though. Remove the stains with other seasonings from your dinner table and some cleaning tools.


Prevent ramen spills by carrying your bowl on a plate.


If your carpet has natural dyes, test a small area first. Vinegar may bleach out some of the color. If you don't think vinegar is safe, sponge the stain with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in 2 quarts of warm water.

  1. Pick up all the noodles with a paper towel; then use another towel to dab as much liquid from the spill as possible. If the stain has already dried, vacuum the dried noodles, using a comb to loosen any noodles that have stuck to the fabric.

  2. Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of salt into a half cup of white vinegar. Rub the solution into the stain with a rag and let it dry. Vacuum the residue. If the stain is still present, make an identical solution, but add 2 tablespoons of borax, and repeat the procedure.

  3. Treat problem stains by making a paste consisting of 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Rub it into the stain and let it sit for two days before vacuuming it up.

  4. Use a paper towel and clothes iron to take up any fat stains left over after the vinegar treatment. Fold the towel in half; lay it on the stain and heat it with the iron. The fats should transfer from the carpet to the paper towel.