Using Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Carpets.
Sometimes the old fashioned methods of using whatever you can find in the kitchen cupboard are the most effective ways of removing stains from carpets. Certainly they are a “greener” solution, cheaper but also in an emergency, they are more likely to be things that you will already have at home without having to rush to the store to buy a specialist product.
Vinegar and baking soda to clean carpets are a great combination, especially for smelly stains caused by the likes of vomit or poop. As with any method for cleaning carpet, you have to take your time and be patient. Don’t be too aggressive with it. Just chill out, take your time and the results will speak for themselves.
Alright, let’s get to it. So you’ve removed the surface material as described in the “How to remove vomit from carpet” article so what you should be looking at is a damp stain on your carpet. This is where the vinegar and baking soda to clean your carpet comes in:
- While the carpet is still damp, liberally sprinkle the baking soda on and around the stain and leave for half an hour or so.
- Get a damp cloth or sponge and gently work in the baking soda. Do not rub it in. I’ll say it again – gently.
- Leave this again until totally dry.
- Now the vinegar. Mix a 50/50 solution of white (clear) vinegar and water solution and put into a spray dispenser or bottle. You can buy a spray dispenser for most DIY or gardening stores. (What I do is clean out they ones I have under the sink once the product that was in them is finished. It will save you a bit on money but make sure that they are thoroughly clean.)
- Spray the vinegar and water solution over the baking soda and leave the combination to work. Again leave it until the carpet is fully dry, overnight if needs be.
- Vacuum up the dry residue baking soda, and that’s it.
- If a stain remains, repeat the process.
And there you have it. A simple but very effective way of using vinegar and baking soda to clean your carpet.