ARM & HAMMER Dry Carpet Cleaner – Review

With three kids, two cats and sometimes a dogsitting friend or two, my carpets aren’t always as clean as I’d like.  It’s not unheard of for me to find a stain on the carpet and have no idea what it is, who left it or how long it’s been there.  I’ve tried lots of different cleaners in the past few years. Some worked better than others, some didn’t work well at all, but they all had something in common: they were all liquid cleaners.

Since we have a baby boy who is toddling around, often in bare feet, and kids who are always playing on the carpet, it’s not always convenient to use a liquid carpet cleaner. I worry about the chemicals getting on the kids’ feet before the carpet is dry, worry about even more dirt sticking to the wet carpet and even worry about the animals touching the chemicals before the carpet is dry.

So when I was given the chance to try the new ARM & HAMMER® Dry Carpet Cleaners, I thought it sounded like a great idea.  

No more waiting for wet carpets to dry or hiding the wet carpet cleaning areas under boxes so the kids and cats don’t step in wet chemicals.  I was curious to see how well it would work, though.  It’s a little hard to imagine how a dry powder can clean a carpet stain, so I couldn’t wait to test it out.

I received the 18-ounce shaker and the two-pound pouch of ARM & HAMMER Stubborn Stain Dry Carpet Cleaner. I decided to use it on a stain in our family room.  I’m not sure what made the stain, but I’ve vacuumed over it many times and it hasn’t budged. The stain doesn’t show up as well in the photo as it does to the naked eye, but it’s that brownish area in the middle of the carpet.  It’s stiff and dried on and has been there for a while.  

I sprinkled the ARM & HAMMER Dry Carpet Cleaner powder directly onto the stain.  I didn’t add any water or liquid at all, and to be honest, at this point I really didn’t think it would work.  ARM & HAMMER recommends misting older stains with a little water, but I didn’t, just to see if it worked at all.

Next, I took a stiff brush and brushed the power down into the stained carpet for about 5-10 seconds.

Then I left the powder on for a little over a half hour.  I couldn’t tell if anything had happened and kind of expected that when I vacuumed the powder would be vacuumed up and the stain would still be there.

It was gone!  The dried-on crusty brown stain was completely gone. (The colored flecks in the carpet are part of the Berber and supposed to be there.)

Watch a demonstration video here.

I’m really impressed with the ARM & HAMMER Stubborn Stain Dry Carpet Cleaner!  I honestly didn’t think a dry powder brushed onto a dry (in this case) stain would actually come up, but it did!  It worked just as well, if not better than liquid carpet cleaners I’ve used in the past and was so much easier and faster.  It’s definitely the best spot cleaning solution I’ve found for a busy mom like me. No more waiting for a wet cleaner to dry!

ARM & HAMMER® Dry Carpet Cleaners come in two formulas, the Stubborn Stain Dry Carpet Cleaner and the Pet fresh Dry Carpet Cleaner. Both have earned the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval, are safe on all types of fibers and fabrics, even wool rugs and are approved for use on all stain-resistant carpets.  The Stubborn Stain cleaner is perfect for busy families, tackling the toughest ground-in dirt, grease, food, lipstick and oil stains, along with odors and allergens. It’s formulated to be safe in homes with kids and pets.  The Pet Fresh Dry Carpet Cleaner contains the same powerful stain-removers as the Stubborn Stain cleaner, but adds pet accident penetration and an extra freshness for animal lovers.  These products are all available at your local Walmart, along with cool products like the new ARM & HAMMER® Pet Stain Carpet Wipes.




  1. Vanessa Coker says:

    I need it because my toddler seems to find the weirdest things to leave spots on our wall-to-wall carpet home! :]

  2. Erica Nicholas says:

    I need this because we have dogs that get messed everywhere! My son also likes to throw his food on the carpet!

  3. LaTanya says:

    My son is a picky eater, so we have a lot of food stains on the carpet from when he throw his food on the floor.

  4. Erin K. says:

    I need it because I’m always spilling Diet Coke.

  5. My dog and son are always tracking things in.

  6. That would be great for my mom – she has dogs. 

  7. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    A new kitten.  *sigh*  

  8. Robyn E says:

    For those spots that those people dropping food on the carpet

  9. I sure could use it, have lil ones & 2 dogs

  10. Jill A. Collins says:

    I have two standard poodles who love to dig outside when they go out to go potty. They are indoor dogs, however, so my carpet is always graced by their paw prints!

  11. Barb K says:

    I need it for my rug in the living room. Quite a bit of stains and ground in dirt. This would really help.

  12. Jennifer Metz says:

    We have 5 kids which means lots of messes!

  13. My kids and dog are just messy sometimes and the carpet suffers.

  14. Donna Horton says:

    I have three dogs. Delilah is a 130# Great Pyrnese, Phoebe is a 30# Beagle and Zoey is a 4# Maltese.

  15. With two very active girls that loves to draw on the floor, spill juice and food and whatever else they can find, there always seems to be a mess of some sort to clean up. These products would definitely be an easy solution and help a busy mom out! Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!


  16. Cynthia R says:

    i need something to help me with the cat stains

  17. ever realize how much red food coloring are in cat food… found out hard way! i need some A&H

  18. Why do I need this? One word……KIDS! LOL

  19. I need it because I have a messy boyfriend and cat!

  20. Donna George says:

    I have a really ugly black stain of unknown origin in my living room. I’d love to try to get this out using arm and hammer

  21. Because I have an almost three year old and he is a klutz!  
    smartinez03 at live dot com

  22. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    I don’t have a dog but I have a cat, always can use good cleaning supplies.
    thanks for the giveaway

  23. Claudia says:

    I would love to try this to clean the carpet at home.

  24. Just Coupons says:

    Because I have two little dogs and a cat!

  25. Erika P. says:

    I would like to win for my cousin who is having trouble house training her new puppy.

  26. conie elaine says:

    Because I’ve had alot of company lately and expecting more !!

  27. Shannon M Gallagher says:

    I need this because I have a daycare and I have two cats and between all of that there are a lot of stains!!

  28. ColleenMarie82 says:


  29. Paul T / Pauline T says:

    I would like it because I have four active children under the ages of 10. That is a lot of foot traffic onto my carpets – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  30. thuy vu says:

    I have very old stained carpets, and I am desperately trying to find ways to clean.  I just don’t have the money to replace them, so anything that might help is a plus.

  31. this house has old carpets that have never been cleaned, we cant afford to replace them

  32. Michelle Macaluso says:

    We babysit my 20 month old niece and 3 year old nephew 5 days a week, and there are so many juice and spilled food stains that I can’t get out!

  33. christine jessamine says:

    i could use arm and hammer because i have messy kids!

  34. Dogs and food stains

  35. 2 cats, 2 kids, 3 foster kids and several nieces and nephews.  Need I say any more!

  36. Shebella says:

    This will be a great tool to use in my home of 5 sport fans.

  37. I have cats, I am a clumsy oaf, and my 80yr dad who lives with me is messy and constantly spilling things on the carpet. Not normally a huge deal, except he can’t see well and often doesn’t get the whole spot. I will get home from work and it’ll be eight, nine hours later and it’s impossible to get out of my carpet.

  38. Ise Dunkley (Questions Mark) says:

    Because my ferret likes being naughty

  39. Could sure use this.  A 14 year old with tons of friends, a dog with 4 dirty paws and a hubby who seems to think shoes belong on inside the house….

  40. Iliana Reyes says:

    I need it because my cute little dog has had a quite few accidents over the years on my carpets : )

  41. TRACY SIMMS says:

    I have 3 boys and we have wall to wall carpet. This would be helpful. thanks,

  42. Monja Blue says:

    In a word: kids!

  43. Tracy H says:

    I have 3 young kids…enough said!

  44. Amanda C says:

    I need it because I have a two year old son and two two year old dogs!!

  45. two dogs, two kids and a busy life, our carpet pays the price with plenty of spills and messes.

    We need all the help we can get!

  46. kelly g says:

    I have a very rambunctious 3 yr old lol

  47. Kristie Betts says:

    I have heavy traffic in my hallway and you can tell it, and also we have pet stains of were our dog wasn’t potty trained

  48. Rennette T says:

    Pretty cool! I’ll definitely have to try it. I already like A&H for other cleaning things.

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