How to Make your own Stain Remover

Don't panic if you or a guest spills a few drops, or a whole glass of red wine on your carpet or upholstery.

It will come out. I spilled an entire glass of wine on white carpet and thought I had managed to get it all up. When we moved and pulled the furniture away, I found a large spot that had gone under the dresser that had been missed. It had been there for over a year. Although it took a few applications, the dark stain did come up and you would never know it had been there. Same with the black grease/oil spot from the treadmill. . . gone.

In a plastic spray bottle mix 3 parts ammonia, 1 part water, and a tablespoon of liquid clothes detergent.

Spay the stain thoroughly (it may start to darken, this is not a problem.)

Dampen a light cloth with hot water and lightly rub the spot. You may need a bit more water on the cloth to get the entire spot up.

Spray again if necessary and repeat for heavier soiled areas. Once dry, the spot is gone.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic Spray Bottle
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Liquid Clothes Detergent


  • Use sparingly. This cleans the area thoroughly. If you are using on a carpet that is in need of cleaning, be careful not to use too much or you will have a "very clean" area that shows up more than the stain did.


  • Amonia has very strong fumes, so be sure to leave a window open and do not breath heavily over the sprayed area.
  • Amonia should never be mixed with bleach. If you are using on a rug or other article you then put into a washing machine, do not add bleach.