Household cleaning hacks to get rid of carpet stains and smells

Instead of expensive cleaners, try baking soda
Posted: 7:47 AM, Apr 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-23 11:47:55Z

The average person spends $42 every month just on cleaning supplies, according to a recent study. That adds up to over $500 per year. Let's help you cut down on those costs by using everyday items to clean instead of more expensive cleaning products. These are things you may already have in your home.

Carpet cleaners say right on the bottle that they specialize in getting rid of stains and odors. Try using just regular baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda onto the affected area of the carpet, use an old rag to rub it into the fibers that are stained.

Let it sit for at least ten minutes, then vacuum.

Double check the vacuum bag to make sure you see a good amount of baking soda that was picked up, it's not something you want to leave on the carpet. Foot traffic on top of old baking soda could cause a big mess.

This is suppose to pull up stains and remove odors, like pet accidents. We found it works very well on fresh stains.

A little goes a long way, too much baking soda could clog your vacuum.

Also, white vinegar and warm water will also pull up stains and remove odors. Vinegar dries odorless, so you do not need to be concerns with a vinegar smell lingering around.

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