How to Clean a Carpet With Ammonia & Vinegar

Stains and dirt can turn a once-pristine carpet into a dingy mess that makes the whole room appear dull and dirty. Various commercial carpeting cleaning and spot remover products are available to purchase. However, these items do not always work as well as they claim and can be quite expensive. Fortunately, ammonia and vinegar -- two common and inexpensive household items -- can remove a variety of stains and restore the appearance of your carpet.

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Carpet stains are a common occurrence in everyday life.

Ammonia

Step 1

Vacuum the carpet to remove surface dirt, dust and other debris.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with 1/2 gallon warm water and add 1 cup ammonia. Mix the contents together with a spoon.

Step 3

Dampen a sponge in the mixture and wring the excess liquid out of the sponge.

Step 4

Blot the stains with the sponge. Start at the edge of the stain and blot it, slowly moving inward toward the center.

Step 5

Let the carpet dry. Repeat if the stains are still visible.

Vinegar

Step 1

Vacuum the carpet to remove surface dirt, dust and other debris.

Step 2

Fill a small container with 1/2 cup white vinegar. Add 2 tbsp. table salt and mix thoroughly.

Step 3

Dampen a sponge in the mixture and gently rub the stains with the sponge. Let the carpet dry completely.

Step 4

Vacuum the salt residue off the carpet and repeat if needed.

Ammonia and Vinegar

Step 1

Vacuum the carpet to remove surface dirt, dust and other debris.

Step 2

Pour 1 part vinegar and 5 parts warm water into a spray bottle. Fill a second, clean spray bottle with 5 parts warm water and 1 part ammonia.

Step 3

Dampen the carpet stain with the vinegar mixture and let it soak for 3 to 4 minutes. Blot the stain with a clean cloth to remove the excess liquid.

Step 4

Dampen the carpet stain with the ammonia mixture and blot with a clean cloth to remove the excess liquid.

Step 5

Repeat until the carpet stains are no longer visible.