How to Get Carpet Stains Out With Vinegar & Baking Soda

Stained carpet looks unpleasant and often smells unpleasant, too. Whether the carpet stain is a result of food spills, dirt, or people and pet accidents, the stain must be removed thoroughly to keep your carpet in the best condition possible. Commercial carpet stain removers are effective but contain chemicals with the potential to irritate family members and pets. A healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative is to remove carpet stains with baking soda- and vinegar-based treatments.

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Clean stained carpet promptly before the stain can spread.

Step 1

Press a clean cloth into the carpet stain to wick moisture out of the fibers. Replace a wet cloth with a dry one and continue to soak up moisture until no more transfers to the cloth.

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Removing carpet stains from the fibers is half the battle.

Step 2

Pour baking soda over the remaining carpet stain to cover. Leave the baking soda on the carpet for 30 minutes to draw moisture from the carpet fibers. Vacuum the carpet to remove the baking soda.

Step 3

Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 tsp. dish washing detergent and 2 cups lukewarm water in a bowl. Stir to create a stain-removing solution.

Step 4

Wet a clean cloth with the vinegar mixture before wringing out excess moisture. Sponge the carpet stain with the vinegar solution, working from the perimeter of the stain in toward the middle. As stain matter transfers to the clean cloth, switch to another cloth.

Step 5

Rinse the carpet by blotting it with a damp cloth. Press clean cloths into the carpet to draw out moisture and aid the drying process. Allow the carpet to air-dry completely.