[Solved] How To Get Milk Smell Out Of Carpet?

Stains from a milk spill can settle into your carpet if you don’t clean them up right away. These stains will eventually begin to produce a sour milk smell. So how to get milk smell out of carpet?

Don’t try masking the odour with heavy perfume or carpet deodoriser. The smell will reappear after some time and may be worse.

The best solution is to get rid of the source of the odour. Here are some tips.

Neutralise and Deodorise

Neutralise and Deodorise

Here are some things and products you can use to neutralise and eliminate the smell.

A. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural adsorbent. It neutralises acidic compounds easily but it takes time to work.

  • Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on your carpet.
  • Let it sit overnight.
  • Loosen the soda with a brush
  • Vacuum thoroughly

Alternatively, you can opt for a baking soda solution.

  • Mix in baking soda, warm water and a few drops of essential oil
  • Make sure that you don’t overpower the baking soda with the essential oil
  • Spray the solution onto your carpet and let it sit overnight
  • Vacuum thoroughly

B. White Vinegar

Like baking soda, white vinegar is great at neutralising bad smells. However, this method is only effective after you have already gotten rid of the stain causing the milk smell.

  • Pour in some white vinegar in a bowl.
  • Place it near the source of the milk smell.
  • Let it sit for at least 24 hours before removing it.

You can also use white vinegar directly on the affected area.

Note: White vinegar might bleach your carpet. Be sure to test the solution on a hidden spot before you spray it on the stain.

  • Mix one part white vinegar and one part cold water.
  • Spray it directly to the problem area.
  • Let it sit for at least one hour
  • Blot it up with a microfiber cloth

After a few days, the vinegar smell should disappear.

C. Coffee Grounds

Fresh, unused coffee grounds are great for deodorising and neutralising milk smell.

  • Sprinkle fresh coffee grounds on the stain area
  • Let it sit for at least an hour
  • Vacuum thoroughly

Used coffee grounds can also serve as a natural air freshener.

Simply put used coffee grounds in a sock and place it in a hidden spot. The grounds will absorb unwanted odours.

D. Cat Litter

Cat litter can help absorb any moisture that might be contributing to the milk smell. Simply place open containers of clean cat litter throughout the room.

Change the litter regularly.

E. Commercial Enzymes

Commercial enzymes break down tough stains and odours. You can find enzyme products in your local store (usually in the pet or cleaning section).

Always read the label carefully to minimise risks, as these products are highly concentrated.

Deep Clean Your Carpet

If the milk spill affected a large area, it can be hard to get rid of the smell completely. In that case, we recommend deep cleaning your carpet using a carpet cleaner.

If you don’t have a carpet cleaning machine, hire one for a few hours. Also, buy a carpet cleaner shampoo for use in the carpet cleaner. The shampoo will lift the stain and can eliminate most of the milk smell.

Any other tips on how to get milk smell out of carpet? Please mention them in your comments below.