How to get vodka out of carpet

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Oh, the good times! A little get-together with friends, laughter echoing in the air, and drinks clinking. But then – a minor slip, and oops! Your precious carpet becomes a casualty of some vodka spill. Panic sets in. Vodka on the carpet? What to do? But hey, don’t worry! I’ve been there and done that, and I’m here to spill (pun intended!) the secrets on cleaning it up. And guess what? You likely have what you need right at home!

Everything You’ll Need:

  1. White vinegar (for the vinegar method)
  2. Cold water
  3. Clean cloth or paper towels
  4. Baking soda (for the baking soda method)
  5. Vacuum cleaner
  6. A soft brush

Method 1: The Vinegar Solution

Vinegar is a natural odor sorbent and can help you get rid of the smell of alcohol.

  1. Blot the Spot: Using a clean cloth or paper towel, gently blot as much of the vodka as possible. The key is to blot, not rub. We don’t want to push the vodka further into the carpet fibers.
  2. Prepare a Vinegar Solution: Mix equal parts of white vinegar and cold water. Simple, right?
  3. Apply the Vinegar Solution: Dampen another clean cloth with your vinegar solution and gently dab onto the vodka stain. Remember, it’s a dabbing game, not a scrubbing one.
  4. Blot Again: Once you’ve treated the area, take a dry cloth or paper towel and blot up any excess moisture.
  5. Air Dry: Let the carpet air dry. If it’s a sunny day, opening a window can help speed up the process.

Method 2: The Baking Soda Magic

  1. Blot the Spot: Just like in our vinegar method, start by blotting up as much of the vodka as you can.
  2. Sprinkle the Baking Soda: Generously cover the stained area with baking soda. Baking soda is amazing for soaking up liquids and neutralizing odors.
  3. Let it Sit: Allow the baking soda to work its magic for at least 30 minutes. If you can, leaving it overnight is even better.
  4. Vacuum it Up: Once the baking soda has done its job, vacuum it up using the brush attachment.
  5. Brush Gently: If any residue remains, use a soft brush to gently loosen and remove it.

Commercially Suitable Cleaning Products:

  1. Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover: Perfect for more than just wine. This can tackle vodka stains too!
  2. Resolve Carpet Spot & Stain Remover: A well-trusted brand for all types of carpet mishaps.
  3. BISSELL Professional Power Shot Oxy Carpet Spot: Designed for tough set-in stains.


Vodka spills aren’t the end of the world or your beautiful carpet! With a touch of vinegar or a sprinkle of baking soda, you can get it looking brand new in no time. Remember, always test a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet before applying any solutions to ensure no discoloration occurs.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar?
While apple cider vinegar has cleaning properties, white vinegar is usually recommended for cleaning due to its clear nature and neutral smell.
How long should I wait before vacuuming the baking soda?
At least 30 minutes, but leaving it overnight provides the best results.
Will these methods work for other types of alcohol spills?
Yes, both methods are effective for various types of alcohol stains.
Can I mix vinegar and baking soda together for cleaning?
While both are effective cleaners, combining them can cancel out their cleaning properties. It's best to use them separately.
Do I need to rinse the carpet after using the vinegar solution?
No, but if you’re concerned about the vinegar smell, you can blot the area with a damp cloth.
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