Thanks to the 6-year-old feeding our cat ample amounts of pumpkin goo over Halloween, we came home from trick-or-treating with a hallway full of diarrhea, and one sorry looking cat. After losing my mind for about half an hour, I hunkered in and found a way to lift the entire mess out of the carpet (with the kids laughing their fool heads off and my fiance vomiting in the sink at the sight). Here’s the best way to get diarrhea out of your carpet.
Don’t rub at the mess straight off. Grab a handful of paper towels and try to grab as much of the runny crap out of the carpet as you can. Rubbing the mess will only spread it. I went through about a dozen paper towels, but was able to lift the majority of the crap out of the carpet without too much issue (or gagging).
After lifting out what I could of the mess, I combined a few squirts of Dawn dish soap with water in an old spray bottle and shook it well to mix. I then liberally sprayed the stain and allowed it to set and soak into the cat crap for about 5 minutes. Then I took more paper towels and lifted out what I could of the remaining stain until there was no more brown on the paper towels.
I then took a wet wash cloth (an old one) and gently rubbed the stain, mainly to lift out most of the soap residue, and pick up any remaining poo left in any carpet crevices. Voila! Good as new! A quick spray in the area where the diarrhea was with vinegar and water (equal parts- you can’t smell the vinegar once it dries) and good as new!
Luckily, I have dark brown carpet, so if there was any actual stain left over I am unable to see it, which is fine by me. Considering that a paper towel no longer lifts out any brown residue and I can’t smell anything, I’m assuming the stain is gone. If I had noticed one, I would have poured baking soda on the area after cleaning and the baking soda would have bubbled with the vinegar and bubbled out the remaining residue, which is how I get out Kool-Aid stains. Works like a charm.