Your toddler has accidentally spilled milk on the carpet and now it smells awful. How can you clean it up?
There’s no use crying over spilt milk so once it happens, act quickly as the longer you leave it unattended, the worse the smell will get.
First, blot as much of the milk as possible by pressing a folded clean kitchen paper towel, hand towel or microfibre cloth over the area.
You will want to place your entire body weight behind the press to extract as much milk as possible.
Once the area is dry, pour some water over it to soak the spot and dilute the remaining milk residue. Repeat the pressing with a clean dry towel to draw up the diluted milk.
The next step is to either use a carpet shampoo or mix your own cleaning solution of two cups of warm water (never hot as this might set the stain) and one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent. Apply some solution to the stain and dry using a clean white cloth or paper towel.
The smell should be noticeably reduced, but if it still lingers, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda liberally over the area, rubbing it into the fibres.
Leave it for a night then brush it gently and vacuum it all out.
A version of this article first appeared in Home & Decor.