How to Remove Soda Stains from a Car's Interior

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While clear sodas won't be much of a stain problem - in spite of the sticky mess - if your little tykes spill root beer or strawberry soda, it's time to polish up on your stain-removal skills.

Remove any soda residue by blotting with paper towels.

Use a foaming fabric cleaner on a stain that appears on upholstery, following directions exactly.

Or, mix up a homemade stain buster for rugs and cloth upholstery: 1/4 c. hydrogen peroxide to 3 c. water. Spray on with a spray bottle and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with a solution of 1/4 c. white vinegar to 3/4 c. cold water. Blot dry.

For leather, use lukewarm water and a sponge to gently remove stains. Wipe the entire car seat (including crevices) and dry with a clean towel.


  • check Consider using a stain-repelling product like Scotchgard to protect upholsteries and rugs. Use Scotchgard Leather Protector for leather upholstery.


  • close Hot water will cause stains to set. Use cold or warm water.
  • close Before using hydrogen peroxide, test on a small and unobtrusive spot first to make sure it doesn't bleach.
  • close Do not use abrasive cleaners, saddle soap, oils, detergents, furniture polish or ammonia on leather.

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