Sal Suds on my Carpet Has Left Me Speechless

Normally my speechlessness stems from the underlying thought, “What in the name of all that is pure and spotless is that?”  In fact, that is exactly how this situation started.

It had been a while since my sons’ floor had seen the light of day.  There are times where days pass and as long as the mess is confined to their room, I let it pass.  But then a wave of awareness passes over me and I realize that such chaos is bound to sink into their very souls.  And so the tragic-for-them day came when I required them to “clean up their room”, which somehow gets translated into “clean up their floor”.  Not quite the same thing.

Nonetheless, here’s what emerged underneath:

Cleaning Carpet Stains

Now read the words from the first line.  Add in a few “How did that happen?!” “Who did that?!” and,  “What IS that?!”  To all of which, my children pointed the finger at the usual culprit who lives deep in the recesses of my house and emerges when my back is turned: “I Dunno”.  Someday I’d like to meet him.  He’s very busy.

I ruled out the horribly obvious first possibility because firstly, my sons are very well potty-trained. (I just felt my 11 year old cringe that I even said that. And he’s at school.) Secondly, I think the dog would have found it much more interesting if it were THAT. And thirdly, I would probably have started to smell it, too.

My second thought was chocolate, and while I’m not entirely certain that it wasn’t, I still think the dog would have been interested in it.  Which he wasn’t.

My last two thoughts were rust or dye.  Both involve something wet – Swimsuit? Bath towel? Afternoon snack? Makeshift pool for LEGO boats? – being dropped on something metal or dyed and then left there for hours. Or days.  Maybe weeks.

Out came my carpet cleaner and my Sal Suds All Purpose Spray.  I’ve waxed poetical before on how well this works, but not knowing how long these stains had been there, much less what they were, I was in serious doubt that it would work this time.  I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

carpet cleaning boys room

I promise it’s the same room.  And I promise I have no idea how to edit photos to this extent.

I hadn’t realized the depths to which I had despaired, and how new carpet had already made its way on to my subconscious and ever-growing home improvement list. But then the hope was reborn within me and soared free over this beautifully unsullied carpet.

What I did:

  1. Sprayed each spot with the Sal Suds All Purpose spray and worked the solution into the stain with my fingers.
  2. Filled the carpet cleaner’s cleaning solution tank with hot water and ONE DROP of Sal Suds. Filled the carpet cleaner’s rinse tank with hot water.
  3. Ran it over the stains, first using the solution, and then just the rinse water, and then just the dryer mode.

And right before my unbelieving eyes, the stains lifted.

Sal Suds.  Get some.

15 thoughts on “Sal Suds on my Carpet Has Left Me Speechless

  1. I don’t have carpet but I love my Sal Suds and all the other Dr. Bronner soaps. It is all I use.

  2. I have been using Branch Basics on my carpets. It works amazingly well but it’s SO expensive. I’ve been on a search for a green cleaner that can match Branch Basics. I was so excited to see your post about Sal’s Suds! Can’t wait for the next disaster to give this a try!

  3. I use sal suds to wash dishes, mop floors, clean surfaces and wash laundry. I love it.

  4. My son came down with the stomach flu in the middle of the night. He was half asleep and didn’t manage (or even try) to get to the bathroom. He just hung his head over the side of the bed over the very light carpet.

    Dinner that night was nomnompaleo’s Mexican braised beef – on a side note you MUST try this! – anyway, it left a huge chili-red stain.

    I shampooed and rinsed and couldn’t get it out. Finally, I poured diluted Dr Bronners lavender castile soap over it and it came out! I was amazed – thought I’d have to recarpet the room!

  5. Hi! 3 questions re: carpet cleaning!

    First–for those who use the castile soap, how much do you use? Still just a drop? I actually can’t use Sal because, believe it or not, my hubby is allergic to one of the ingredients (the glucoside–crazy I know! )

    Second, it sounds from comments on other threads that I may need a vinegar rinse after doing the castile soap, but not to put that in my carpet cleaner. Would you just spray it with vinegar after doing the hot water rinse?

    Third, if I were to just spot clean by hand, what is the actual process to rinse it? When I’ve tried this before I’ve ended up with too much water and a soaked carpet, but not sure how to do it “right”. Would you still use vinegar afterward?

    Thanks!

  6. Wondering what brand carpet cleaner you have? I have considered purchasing one, but don’t
    know anyone who owns one.
    I only have a small house, and no pets.

    Love the Bronner products 🙂

  7. HI Lisa – When washing carpets, with 1 drop of Sal Suds, how much water was diluted in the clean water tank? I have a rug doctor and I think it holds a gallon of clean water.

    • Hi Sam – My carpet cleaner has separate compartments for the cleaning solution and for the rinse water. The cleaning solution compartment holds about 2 cups. That’s where I add the 1 drop of Sal Suds and fill the rest with water. In the rinse water compartment, which holds about a gallon, I fill it with hot water and 1 cup of vinegar. Does the Rug Doctor have both compartments?

    • Hi Lisa – The Rug Doctor has 1 clean water/soap compartment. This compartment gets filled with hot water and in that compartment is a cup where soap is supposed to be poured in and that’s where I added the drop of Sal Sud’s – Measuring one drop of Sal Sud is not precise as I just squeezed the bottle to squirt it.

      I also added between 5-10 drops of organic tea tree oil.

      I believe it was about a gallon of hot water. I washed carpets a few rounds in many directions (horizontal/vertical) & then I rinsed any leftover soap using hot water to make sure no soap was leftover.

      I wish I knew that I could have added vinegar. I thought you only used Sal Sud’s. I thought vinegar doesn’t react well with Sal Sud’s. What is/was the purpose of using the vinegar with the Sal Sud’s?

    • Hi Sam – It sounds like you did well. Vinegar does not have a bad reaction with Sal Suds. You might have read that vinegar reacts poorly with castile soap. With the Sal Suds, it helps with rinsing and softening the carpet. Not crucial, though.

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