Carpeting Cleaning Alternatives with Vinegar

Many recommend just using hot water alone to clean carpets (no detergents… they can build up and actually attract dirt).

For a natural way to clean and deodorize, use a solution of one part white vinegar to two and half parts hot water. Can increase to one part white vinegar to one and half parts hot water if a really strong solution is needed. (Use in a spray bottle for spot cleaning or in a “steam” cleaner for area. You can also use on no-wax linoleum floors.) Along with its ability to deodorize and disinfect, vinegar acts as a softener as well.

I had a tough spot on the carpet that just would not come clean after trying several off the shelf carpet cleaning solutions. The worst part was the odor (one of the dogs had an accident)…it was driving me nuts!

I decided to try putting baking soda on the area and dampening it (not soaking) with hot water. I gently scrubbed it and pressed towels on it to try to lift the moisture. After letting it set all night, came back the next morning and vacuumed. The urine odor was much less, but still there.

Decided to try adding some white vinegar to the mix. Made up a solution of one part white vinegar to one and half parts hot water and applied it to the area. Did the gentle scrubbing and blotting action again.

The stain and odor from the dog urine are now gone! No more RESOLVE® carpet cleaner for me.

I have also used KIDS 'N' PETS Enzymatic Stain & Odor Remover and was happy with the results it gave on an "easier" stain. Have yet to really put it to the test…hoping I won't have another opportunity anytime soon.

Shaving cream is also recommended by some as a spot cleaner, although I’ve never personally used it. The same has been said about club soda and fresh carpet and rug stains.

*** Before using anything, test an inconspicuous part of your rug for color fastness. ***

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