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How To Get Rid of Carpet Stains - Fast!

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June 29 - Write a "how-to" post.

Chances are, if you breathe, eat, drink, or live with others, there's a stain or two on a carpet in your home. Maybe it's soda, maybe it's food. Heck, maybe it's vomit - who knows! In our home we {had} a nice dark beer stain on our living room carpet.

And it stared at me all.day.long. No matter what I tried I couldn't get the darn thing out! It was stubborn. Dark, stubborn beer stain. Take note if you are feeling helpless about stains in your home:
And that, my friends, is bound to happen when your husband is a dark beer snob.

So here's what you do to get rid of your beer/food/vomit stains:

Move your furniture so you have enough space around the stain to get around. Vacuum the part of your carpet you'll be cleaning. Keep that vacuum near by - you'll need it again soon!

Moisten a dishtowel/washcloth/sponge and blot it on your stain. If your stain is still wet, you can skip this step.

Sprinkle baking soda over the moist stain. I rubbed it in with my fingers because my baking soda came out all clumpy. I think it worked better this way.
You should wait at least 10 minutes so now's the perfect time to go do something else - like some anatomy and physiology homework! 
Once your time is up, vacuum the baking soda paste up. You don't have to get it all but make sure there's not a lot left on the carpet.

In a small bowl or mixing container, combine about a cup of bathtub warm water with a splash of white distilled vinegar and a touch of dish soap. Like how precise I was there? Fine, if you really want a specific measurement I'd say it was a cup of water, a quarter cup of vinegar, and a tablespoon of dish soap. Happy? Good. For the record, I used the cheap distilled vinegar and the blue Dawn. Don't worry - you use so little of it that the blue color doesn't matter.

Using your wet towel/washcloth/sponge, soak up some of the soapy vinegar mixture and dab it onto the stain. It may get foamy, depending on how much baking soda you left on the carpet.
Keep blotting at the stain with your liquid mixture until the stain comes out - which for my pesky stain, wasn't that long.

Grab a dry towel and pat the carpet as dry as you can.

Your carpet should be looking a heck of a lot better! Vinegar and baking soda for the win! Again!
Stare at your now-brownish, gross colored liquid and think about how happy you are that you didn't have to go out and rent one of those expensive carpet cleaners.

Finally, if you're anything like me, you'll find about six gazillion more stains that you'll want to do the same to! I seriously spent an entire afternoon blotting my carpet. Furniture was everywhere, I used a pound of baking soda, Trevor must have thought I was nuts, but hey, at least my carpets were stain-free!

So, tell me, what are you gonna do with all the money you're saving using this method rather than hiring professionals? Seriously, try this and let me know how it worked for you!

This post is part of the Summer Blog Challenge. To see more posts inspired by the challenge visit my Summer Blog Challenge page!

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26 comments:

  1. I feel like an idiot - I've used the baking soda trick, but never followed up with the vinegar mixture. Now I have baking soda spots on my carpets! haha! Guess I'll be spending the afternoon running around the house with a cup of vinegar water! :)

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  2. Ooo! I'm doing this today! I've got a pink spot from a slushie in my daughter's room. Thanks!

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  3. fabulous cleaning tip and I must try it on a spot! I love love love baking soda and its powers!

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  4. I *knew* I could use baking soda and vinegar to clean these up, but I never figured out the exact steps. Thanks for telling me how!

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  5. Glad all four of you found my post useful! Let me know how it works out for you if you use it in your own home.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. GREAT tip! Thanks for sharing it!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  7. I know exactly where I can put this to use! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday.

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  8. Fantastic! We have a stain on our little one's rug and I've been hoping to find an eco friendly way to fix it. Thanks!

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  9. Fantastic! We have a stain on our little one's rug and I've been hoping to find an eco friendly way to fix it. Thanks!

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  10. Very cool tips and very sweet of ya to link up at localsugarhawaii.com today. I'm so excited to follow you on this beautiful site you've created here.

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  11. I have a stain that I've been trying to get up for weeks! I'm going to have to try this tomorrow. Thanks.

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  12. I love seeing all of the great DIY household cleaning items that bloggers post. This one is great - simple and cheaper than buying products from the store. Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie

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  13. That was a great tips on how to get rid on such stains. This would really be a big help in every household.

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  14. Hi there Sara! Do not forget to choose a cleaning solution that has a pH of 10 or less. Make sure you remove all the detergent after cleaning. Oh! One more thing: to expedite the drying time of the carpet, use a fan or a humidifier. Better check your carpet’s warranty too. If you use the improper method of cleaning your carpet, you risk voiding its warranty.

    Wilbert Padilla

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  15. Reading while cleaning your carpet? Talk about multitasking! It is good that you can incorporate other fun activities into your carpet-cleaning routine. You made it sound fun and highly enjoyable. Others will surely follow your step.

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  19. I just used this on a vomit stain that nothing else worked on, & it WORKED!!! I have a 4 year old & a 4 month old & I would much rather use this than those chemical filled cleaners, THANK U SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS!! :-)

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  20. Amusing DIY trick! I'm really impressed on how you explained this method. The images are superb as well! Scientifically, baking soda and vinegar creates a reaction called multi-step. The element found in both stuff forms carbonic acid. The foamy thing you'll see is the carbon dioxide that immediately falls apart from the solution. That's where the decomposition reaction takes place. The color of the stain is also removed during that process. Take note that not all stain can be removed by this process for it can still leave some small of amount of residue.
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