So there was this stain on the rug in our office area. I honestly had no idea where it came from. It was also getting darker and darker over time as we walked over the spot. Gross.
I had some carpet cleaner left over from when we had a dog and were cleaning up Max’s pee spots all. the. time, on the carpet that we used to have in our house. I wanted to try something different because I knew that carpet cleaner was loaded with chemicals. Not ideal in the home of a toddler. And I can’t stand the smell of this carpet cleaner. It’s like a fake floral “clean” scent. The bottle has no list of ingredients, which I don’t like. So, I decided to make my own carpet spot treatment for carpet.
This is so easy that I can’t believe I’m calling this a “recipe”.
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
¼ cup warm water
Combine vinegar and water in a small bowl.
Vacuum the carpet area to be treated before using the stain remover to remove dirt and debris. Wouldn’t want to push that deeper into the carpet.
Soak up some of the vinegar mixture on a washcloth and begin rubbing the stain in a circular motion until the stain has disappeared.
If you are dealing with a tough stain, consider pouring a small amount of the vinegar mixture onto the stain to let soak for a few minutes before rubbing. If you choose to pre-soak the carpet like this, do not let the vinegar dry before scrubbing the stain.
I didn’t have any trouble with our carpet becoming discolored from using this method of cleaning, but be sure to try a hidden spot on your carpet before using this stain remover.
Can anyone share other natural options for spot treating carpet stains? I’m also curious to know if anyone has natural options for cleaners to use in the tank of commercial carpet cleaning machines.
Happy stain removing!
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