how to get poop out of carpet

It’s easy to get this “accident” in your daily life that baby poop, dog poop or cat poop is stuck on your carpet. And the worst worst case is diarrhea. How to get poop out of carpet (even diarrhea) and how to recover them, remove the stain and odor? Read through our post to find out the appropriate procedure and tips.

How to remove diarrhea from your carpet?

If your dog’s got sick, their indoor toilet matter can be a nightmare, what if they poop on your living room’s carpet?

Or another case is that your infant may deliver an accident on the bedroom’s carpet. We bet you don’t like that, but you’ll need to face it sooner or later. How are you going to face?

Follow our 10 steps of tidying up the worst case, diarrhea pooping, on a carpet.

What are you going to get prepared?

  • A pair of latex gloves
  • A waste bag
  • About 0.5L warm water
  • 1 small cup of vinegar
  • 2 bowls
  • 1 roll of paper towel
  • A bit of baking soda
  • Your daily vacuum cleaner
  1. Place one of the bowls upside down over the fluid. By this way you’ll dry up the waste so chances it gets smudging around is lower. Another advantage of this action is that you can terminate the odor to fly freely into the air until it’s dry.
  2. Next, after a couple hours, the waste is dried out, it’s time to put on your gloves, open the waste bag and place aside, use the paper towel to scoop away as much as you can and put into the garbage bag. Remember not to press much to send the feces deeper into the carpet.
  3. Thirdly, you may need to use the prepared fork to scrape up the dried pieces which are still tightly stuck in your carpet’s texture. Be patient with this step, slowly remove one by one. You don’t want to damage the textile by accidentally scratching them. And also, you need to be slow because you don’t want any of the leftover to get smelly later on.
  4. Grab the remaining bowl; mix the warm water + vinegar. Leave the mixture in 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, take your time to vacuum up all the crumbs you’ve just scraped off.
  6. Now pour the vinegar mixture onto the stain until you find the mixture can cover the whole stained area. Use some soft brush to gently scrub the solution and try to wipe out the dirt as much as possible.
  7. Grab some paper towel and start blotting until the excess liquid and stain are absorbed mostly. Keep pouring the solution mixture and rubbing until you completely get rid of the mark physically. (If you have a carpet cleaner, it’ll be great. Run it over the spot many times with washing soap. This process will soak the whole area in soap, which will allow you to clean the soiled liquid as much as you can.)
  8. Sprinkle the prepared baking soda over the whole area; let it sit there for 2-3 hours. This is to eliminate the unpleasant smell thoroughly.
  9. I promise you are almost done. Now take your vacuum cleaner to clear all the powder and you might want to inspect the area once again to remove all the fecal leftover if any.
  10. Lastly, use your disinfectant spray on the affected spot. This is not only to give the whole room the pleasant smell and kill the bacteria but also to remove any sign of a new toilet spot that your dog may think about.

Pet odor disinfectant cleaners are available at all pet shops, you’ll just need to make sure that the substances you buy are safe for your carpet.

Watch this video for the scraping up part (using fork) for a better imagination:

I don’t like to wait for the poop to dry out, can I resolve it while it’s still watery?

In fact, there is another style of cleaning diarrhea if you tend to be a quick-action person. At the first two steps above, don’t wait for it to get dry. Instead, use much toilet paper to blot the watery feces.

After it is partly dried out, apply the vinegar solution and follow the next steps listed (just skip the step of scraping up with a fork) to clean the textile and the atmosphere.

How about removing solid waste out of the carpet?

So, you’ve learned about how to clean up a baby or pet’s diarrhea, yes, it’s diarrhea on a carpet (you must be given a medal after finishing this real hard job); the following part will surely be way easier for you because, well, uhm, it is more solid.

  • Protect your hand with the latex gloves to pick up all the feces with a paper tissue.
  • Spray disinfectant substance into the affected area and blot dry.
  • Run the vacuum cleaner through the place to make sure all the pieces are cleared.

How to remove semi-solid waste

  1. Pick up the solid parts and place into the garbage bag.
  2. Apply the technique of removing diarrhea above to clean the watery part.

Extra reminders of getting poop out of carpet

  • Avoid all the ammonia and ammonia-based products. Ammonia’s smell will encourage your dog to urinate/poop again on the same place.
  • Also, don’t apply ammonia onto a wool carpet, because wool will get dissolved. However, to be safest, test whatever substances you are going to apply to your carpet, don’t take it for granted.
  • Instead of a homemade solution, you can always consider a commercial product.


Alright. So now we hope that this intensive post of How to get poop out of carpet can relieve your mind, either you are facing the problem or just getting prepared in advance.

As you know a dog can act up in the early or later stage of their life (when they are learning to adapt to new food environment or when they are getting old), you might be surprised someday when you wake up to this toilet accident.

And to all the moms out there, baby pooping or even worse, diarrhea on the carpet, seems to be a normal incident that can happen anytime in the first few years of the babies.

We do hope you’ll not find this problem too frustrating. Share with us your experience if any in the comment below.

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