How to Remove Carpet Stains With Baking Soda

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Keep plenty of baking soda on hand for spills and stains.
Keep plenty of baking soda on hand for spills and stains. (Image: stain - splat image by angelo.gi from Fotolia.com)

Many homeowners have learned that a simple box of baking soda has many uses other than as a baking ingredient. Baking soda is a fine powder and a tough stain eliminator and odor-eater. The next time you need help to remove a stubborn stain, open a box of baking soda and you will soon discover the cleaning powers of this kitchen staple.

Things You'll Need

  • Mister
  • Vacuum
  • Cleaning rag
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • 1 gallon water
  • ½ cap dishwashing liquid
  • Heavy books
  • Towels
  • Cloths

Non-Greasy Stains

Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and mist the stain with hot water, using the mister.

Work the baking soda into the stain with your hands if the stain is deeply embedded into the carpet. Allow the baking soda to remain on the stain for several hours or overnight.

Vacuum the area.

Greasy Stains

Blot the grease with a cleaning rag or paper towel to remove as much grease as possible.

Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and allow the soda to set for several hours or overnight. The soda will absorb the grease as it sits.

Remove the baking soda with a vacuum. Examine the carpet for any remaining stain.

Dab a dry-cleaning solvent onto the remaining stain, using a clean cloth.

Blot the stain, using a cloth dampened with a solution of 1 gallon water and ½ cap of mild dishwashing liquid. Allow the solution to sit for 15 minutes.

Blot the stain with a cloth dampened in warm water. Continue blotting the stain until all the soap solution is removed from the carpet.

Cover the stain with a thick towel and place several heavy books on top of the towels.

Refresh the towels after an hour with another dry towel. Vacuum the area after the towels have absorbed most of the water.

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