Cleaning Carpet Stains Using Homemade Ingredients

Cleaning carpet stains should not be difficult or expensive. Before you go and spend money renting a machine to clean your entire carpet, try spot cleaning carpet stains first with items you probably already have in your home.

  • Water.Before you go any further, try water on your carpet stain. Pour just a little over the stain and blot until you have extracted as much of the water that you can. If it lightens the stain, repeat again. You may not have to use anything else.If water by itself does not work, here are some homemade cleaning solutions to try.
  • Equal Parts of White Vinegar and Water:
    • General Spot Cleaning: Mix together in a spray bottle and spray it directly on the stain. Let the mixture soak into the carpet for a few moments. Next, take warm soapy water and a sponge and clean the spot. Then, blot to remove as much of the water as possible.
  • One Cup White Vinegar with 2 Cups Water. When cleaning carpet stains that are listed below, use this mixture and ratio:
    • Ketchup: Generously saturate the stain with the vinegar and water mixture using a sponge. Remove the solution from the carpet with the same sponge wringing it out frequently. Repeat until the stain is completely gone.
    • Chocolate Stains: Liberally soak the stain with the vinegar and water mixture using a sponge. Remove the solution from the carpet by blotting the stain with a clean cloth. This will avoid spreading the stain. Keep blotting with a clean section of the cloth until the stain is gone.
    • Coffee, Tea & Dark Cola: If the stain has not set, try just sponging the stain with clean water.If the stain has already set, use the vinegar and water solution. Take a sponge and rub the solution into the stain and then rinse and wring the sponge. Repeat until when you wring out your sponge and the brown color is gone.
  • Undiluted Vinegar. We are using this for cleaning carpet stains listed below because they are a little more difficult to remove.
    • Crayon: Take an old toothbrush, dip it in vinegar and scrub the stained area. Keep paper towels handy to blot.
    • Dried White Glue: Treat it first with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water sponged onto the stain and then blot.If that doesn’t work, then take undiluted vinegar and heat it until warm using your microwave. Sponge it onto the stain and let the solution stay on the stain for 10 to 15 minutes and then scrape away the glue. Use the vinegar and water solution again to clean-up any leftover glue.
  • Ice.
    • Gum: Rub the ice back and forth over the gum for a few minutes until the gum gets hard. Then you can break it in pieces and remove from the carpet fibers. You may have to repeat the process a few times.
  • Cornstarch or cornmeal.
    • Grease: Either one are good for removing grease. Just sprinkle the cornstarch or cornmeal on the spot and wait for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Then vacuum.
  • Mixture of Salt, Borax and Vinegar.
    • For Hard to Get Out Stains: Just mix 1/4 cup of these three ingredients together. It will become a paste. Rub the paste into the stain and leave for a few hours or overnight. Then vacuum thoroughly.
  • Baking Soda.
    • Red Wine: First, take a white cloth. Blot the stain and remove as much of the wine as you can. Then, pour a little water over the stain and blot again. Blot until all the water you can get out is removed. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste using 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Put the paste on the stain and let it dry completely. Finally, vacuum up the paste.

REMEMBER: Whenever cleaning carpet stains, always first test the ingredients you are using in an area that is not noticeable.

ALSO, REMEMBER: Always keep any homemade cleaning agents out of the reach of children and make sure your have them labeled.

Dave Altman

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