Paint, mud, and any type of stain can easily stick to our beloved carpets. Whether it’s a result of a night of cocktail and barbecue partying, or your child mindlessly trekking in mud from a hard day’s play outdoors, carpet stains can be very problematic and bothersome.
Our frustrations can sometimes get the best of us, and we end up throwing a fit before heading to the nearest superstore to purchase a heavy duty stain remover that may contain harsh chemicals.
The next time you see another stain on your precious carpet, don’t fret. Relax and check your cupboards first. The solution might be right at home. Homemade stain removers offer more benefits than store-bought ones: you’ll know what’s in them, they’re very much easy to make, and you don’t have to spend a lot. In fact, some of the items listed below may be found right in your pantry, so you wouldn’t need to spend money after all.
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid
1 cup of lukewarm water
A clean absorbent towel
A clean sponge
A spray bottle
Surely, you’ve realized by now that the items needed aren’t hard to find because you already have them at home after all. Work in the sink because when the white vinegar (an acid), is mixed with the baking soda (a base), there will be an overflow of bubbly foam.
Add first the teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
Add a tablespoon of white vinegar.
Add in the cup of warm water.
Make sure, for this last ingredient, that you are holding the cap or top part of the spray bottle with your other hand and keep it close to the opening. Quickly add the baking soda.
Immediately screw on the cap. Give it a couple of shakes then, voila, you have your very own homemade stain remover.
Never forget to label it for safety precaution.
DIY: Carpet cleaning using your homemade stain remover
Vacuum the stained area then take your clean sponge. Using its abrasive side, wipe over the carpet gently.
Spray a generous amount of your mild stain remover on that area.
Get your clean towel and start to dab or wipe in one direction starting from the edges of the stain, working your way to the center. You will begin to see the remover taking effect.
Once you are satisfied that the stain is gone, dab using a dry part of your towel. Continue until the spot is dry, or at least close to being dry.
Repeat if necessary.
Other DIY carpet cleaning tricks:
Water Stain Remover – Mayo and Cigarette Ash
It may seem like an odd pair but it’s a proven solution. Just make sure you aren’t just using this as an excuse to start or get back to smoking. Only turn to this alternative if you already have cigarette ashes lying around.
Rust Remover – Alka Seltzer
Rust isn’t considered a stain but it’s as annoying as one and just as difficult to remove. Mix this ingredient with warm water before spraying on the rusty area. It works wonders.
Carpet Steam Cleaner – Iron, Ammonia, and Water
All three mixed together and used with a couple of absorbent clothes is a great alternative to the ever-so-costly SpotBot. Beat those stubborn stains right now!