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There's No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk

There's No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk

Dear Sugar
My daughter spilled a glass of milk on our carpet that I unfortunately didn't find until it was too late. Now our dining room smells like rotten milk! Do you have any advice to get rid of this nasty stench? Raunchy Ruth

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Dear Raunchy Ruth
No worries - luckily there are many home remedies that can take care of smelly, spoiled milk stains. Peroxide is the best stain remover out there, but remember to test a small area before taking a risk and potentially ruining your whole dining room carpet. Pour the peroxide over the stain and the fizz should literally eat the stain and smell away.

Let the peroxide dry and hopefully the smell will be gone. Baking soda is also an excellent odor remover. If the stain is already dry, re-wet the area with cold water, douse baking soda on the stain, let it dry and then vacuum the carpet clean.

White vinegar is also known to tackle sour milk smell well. Pour a generous amount of vinegar over the area and let it soak in for 15 minutes. Remove the excess vinegar and blot dry with a clean rag or paper towel. If the stench still won't go away, try using any enzyme odor remover which you can find at most specialty hardware stores.

If your daughter spills milk again and you catch it in time, immediately blot up the milk with a towel and pour club soda over the soiled area. Putting salt or baking soda over the stain should help eliminate the odor immediately. I hope these tips help. Good luck.

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katie225 katie225 9 years
gotta love white vinegar! i keep a huge jug of it in my kitchen for everything! this question was like a "hints from heloise" article.
prgirl prgirl 9 years
Nature's Miracle will work. It's designed for pet stains, so you'll find it at Petco, PetSmart, and in the pet section of Target, but trust me--it'll get rid of any smell/stain.
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
OxyClean works wonders to. ---- I want my way now dangit!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
That is SUCH an adorable pic!
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