How to Get Out Carpet Stains Using Dawn and a Steam Iron

If you have children or pets in your home you can pretty much count on ending up with various stains on your carpeting.


Steam irons can be used on carpets to remove stains.
Fortunately, there are tips and tricks you can utilize to remove these stains. Some stains can be removed using Dawn dish detergent, such as wine or juice. Other stains, such as candle wax or crayons, require you to use a steam iron to get them out. .

Mix Dawn dish detergent with hydrogen peroxide. Pour this mixture over your wine or juice stain.

Scrub the mixture into the stain with an old toothbrush.

Soak up the liquid with some paper towels. Just lay the paper towels over the area where you had the stain and gently press down with the palm of your hand.

Repeat if any of the stain remains.

Steam Iron

Turn your steam iron on and let it pre-heat.

Cut a piece of brown paper bag to fit over the wax or crayon stain in your carpet.

Set the paper bag over the stain and start ironing over the top of the brown paper bag. The heat from the steam will draw the wax or crayon out of the carpet and onto the paper bag.

Lift up the paper bag to make sure you got all of the wax or crayon. If not, place a new piece of brown paper bag over the area and iron for a little longer.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 Tbsp. Dawn dish detergent
  • 1 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide
  • Toothbrush
  • Paper towels
  • Brown paper bag
  • Steam iron


  • Dawn dish soap can also be used to get up blood, coffee, and tea stains.


  • Never use bleach to remove a stain on carpeting. It can change the color of your carpet.
  • Do not iron the wax directly as it will stick to the iron and ruin it.

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