My Go-To Stain Remover

~Keep It Clean~


Years ago I purchased a new sofa and I was so excited the day it was delivered. You know that anticipation when you get new furniture. It gets moved in. You tell the movers exactly where you want it, because you’ve had it planned for weeks.

And then…you notice a stain on the arm of the sofa.

My head dropped! Great! They just moved it in and there’s something on it.

Of course, I brought it to the guy’s attention and he asked me for a rag and some laundry detergent.

I learned a lot from that gentleman that day…I learned I had a new “go-to stain remover!”

Removing Stain Cover

It doesn’t have to be Tide. I have used other laundry detergents and had the same results, but Tide is my favorite.

Notice the small stain below the bottle? What about this one…

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I’m going to go ahead and admit that I’ve walked around these two stains for about 3 weeks. I would pass them and think, “I need to get those up.” But I always found myself busy with something else.

Yesterday I finally got around to getting cleaning up those stains. I’m not sure what they were. I live in a house with a husband, 4 kids and a dog. It could be anything! Who knows…

I did know that I needed my Go-To Stain Remover. It’s fast, simple and it works.


First, you need to wet a white dishcloth. I squeeze out some of the water, but I do leave it really wet. Almost dripping wet. Next, pour about a quarter size amount of laundry detergent on the cloth.

Stain Remover

*Because Tide is blue, you must rub the cloth together to make it sudsy. You don’t want the blue or any other color to transfer to your carpet or upholstery. Very Important step.*

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Once you have the cloth ready, simply rub away at the stain.

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And just like that…it’s gone!

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Both stains were gone in seconds! Think about it…laundry detergent cleans our clothes. Of course it will clean our carpet and upholstery. Plus, laundry detergent is something we all have on hand at any given time. No added cost of a separate stain remover.

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I have used this method to clean up everything from chocolate milk to grape punch to vomit. (Sorry for that image!) But it’s true! It is the first and only stain remover that I use on my carpet and upholstery.

*Remember to saturate your cloth and rub in the detergent if it is a color like my blue Tide. I would also recommend testing an inconspicuous area of your carpet or upholstery to be sure.

I have in no way been compensation by Tide. I just use it for more than dirty laundry!

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  1. says

    Wow, why didn’t I ever know this? I’ve got a couple of those “ignore and see if they go away on their own” kind of stains — going to get them today! Thanks for this tip, Leslie.

    • says

      I was the same way Carol! Never thought about it. Just be sure to test it if your detergent is a color. If it is blue, etc. suds it up till the color is gone. Have a great day!

  2. says

    WOW – great tip!!! You know what else works on carpet? Shaving cream! I’ve walked around some stains for the past couple weeks too, and finally got around to cleaning them up for company coming last night. So easy! Why didn’t I do that weeks ago?

  3. says

    I do the exact same thing with amonia. It doesn’t have any color, so that is not a problem and it doesn’t bleach out any of the color either. Even Red wine and lipstick came up with it. I need to try the detergent sometime. Great hint. Hugs, Marty

  4. says

    Isn’t it amazing how they sell us something separate for each possible thing we might use it for. And the more “specialized” the item, the higher the price…This is a good tip, to go with many others I’ve gathered for keeping a whole place clean with just a few supplies. Thanks!