Stain Removal 101: Cleaning Soda Stains

What You'll Need
Liquid dish detergent
Paper towels
Washcloths (2)
Warm water
Cold water
Small bowl

Stain removal is basic knowledge that everyone can benefit from. If you drink soda, or if you ever have soda in your home, it's possible that it will spill. When soda spills on a hard surface like a counter, table, or floor, you can typically wipe it up easily without causing any damage to the surface. Even when soda spills on clothing, a standard washing will usually remove all traces of the spill. However, when soda spills on carpets, rugs, furniture and certain other household items, it can leave a messy, sticky stain. Read on for a brief guide on how to get rid of soda stains in your home.

Step 1 -- Blot Up the Soda

Use a roll of paper towels first to dab up any soda that remains on the carpet or other surface. The quicker that you can get to the stain, the better the likelihood that you'll be able to get rid of the soda completely. Therefore, it's important that you clean it up immediately after it spills. Blot at the spot where the soda spilled until the paper towels come up completely dry. Do not rub the towels into the surface of the object.

Step 2 -- Create and Apply the Dish Detergent Solution

Mix 1 part liquid dish detergent with 2 parts cold water in a small bowl. Stir the ingredients until they are completely mixed. Then dip the washcloth into the solution and carefully dab at the surface that had soda on it. Again, it's important to avoid rubbing the soda into the surface of the material, as this can only help to increase the likelihood of the stain being set into the fabric or other material.

Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the surface where the stain is for about 20 minutes. This allows the cleaning solution to soak up the soda stain.

Step 3 -- Clean Up the Detergent

Use another washcloth to clean up the detergent solution. Dip it into cold water and dab at the stained area until the area is entirely free of soap solution.

Step 4 -- Use a Vinegar Treatment

If the stain is still present, attempt to remove it with a vinegar solution. Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts cold water and dab at the stained area again with another washcloth, or with the cleaned washcloth from the second step. Allow the vinegar solution to sit on the material for about 10 minutes.

Step 5 -- Clean Up the Vinegar Solution

To clean the vinegar solution, follow the same dabbing treatment as in step 3, but use a washcloth with warm water instead of cold water. Allow the material to air dry completely, then check it once again for signs of the stain. If the stain persists, follow the last two steps of this process once again to further treat the stain.