Homemade Carpet or Spot Cleaner

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Homemade Carpet or Spot Cleaner
Thu, 04-04-2013 - 12:47pm

One day out of pure desperation, I tried baking soda and vinegar. And… it worked! Baking soda and vinegar are good for many, many things, but I’ve rarely heard them recommended for carpet. I’ve purchased many different brands of spot cleaners over the years, but I always find myself coming back to this simple, frugal, and all-natural stand-by.

(If you are worried about discoloration, please test on a small, hidden area first. I’ve never had problems with that, but you never know…)

Homemade Carpet or Spot Cleaner


  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda (not baking powder– there is a difference!)
  • Lemon essential oil (optional– I use doTERRA essential oils exclusively in my home)
  • Old towels or rags


1. If using the lemon essential oil, mix it with the baking soda, then sprinkle the mixture on the spot. Allow it to sit on the stain for a little while– anywhere from an hour to overnight. Lemon is a wonderful all-around cleaner, and it helps to deodorize the carpet as well. If you aren’t using the lemon, then sprinkle plain baking soda over the stain.

2. Mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle (remember to repurpose!) Generously spray this mixture on the baking soda and allow it to fizz.

3. Lay a towel or rag over the wet spot and press on it to absorb the moisture. I’ve heard it’s not recommended to “scrub” carpet, since it can damage the fibers. However, you can bet I’ve definitely done some scrubbing at my house in moments of desperation… *ahem* Proceed at your own risk.

4. Depending on the severity and age of the stain, you may have to repeat this process more than once.

It make take several applications, but I have had great luck at removing the toughest of stains. And, it’s all natural so you don’t have to worry about any toxic chemicals in your house. And, it sure beats driving the 80 mile round trip to town to pick up spot cleaner

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