How to Clean Carpets With White Vinegar

White vinegar is a safe and natural alternative to carpet cleaning solutions. It is a useful solution in homes where children or pets may come into contact with the wet carpet. In addition, since white vinegar is fragrance-free, it works well for those with asthma or allergies who may be more sensitive to fragrances used in conventional carpet cleaning products.

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Move as much furniture out of the room as possible.

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Vacuum carpet completely; be sure to vacuum close to edges.

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Mix one part white vinegar with one part hot water and pour into the reservoir on the carpet cleaning machine. For a fresh scent, add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil--such as lemon, orange or lemongrass--per half gallon of white vinegar and water solution.

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Starting on the side of the room farthest from the entrance, clean one section at a time by saturating the carpet with the solution. Use the suction to remove as much of the dirty water as possible. Clean in straight, even strokes for the best results.

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If the carpet is very dirty, rewash in the opposite direction.

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Allow the carpet to dry completely before replacing furniture. This will prevent mold from forming under furniture. A ceiling or floor fan can help reduce drying time.