Things You'll Need
Harsh chemicals in carpet cleansers can cause skin irritation. Natural cleaners are much kinder to the skin and the carpet, as well as much less expensive than commercial counterparts. You can make your own carpet cleaner with natural ingredients that you already have in your pantry. It can be used with or without a carpet cleaning machine for spot cleaning or to clean the entire carpet.
Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part distilled water in a spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
Spray the solution directly onto the stain or use it in your carpet cleaner machine. Allow it to sit on the stain for 5 to 10 minutes.
Blot the excess vinegar solution up with clean towels until the carpet is nearly dry. Alternately, suck up the moisture with the carpet machine.
Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda to form a paste and rub it into any stubborn stains. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then wipe it up with a clean towel.
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet liberally once it has dried from cleaning. Allow to sit for several hours or overnight, then vacuum. This will deodorize the carpet.
Keep the vinegar solution mixed in a spray bottle for quick clean-ups of small spills.
Club soda can be used to remove wine or grape juice. Blot up as much of the stain as possible, then add club soda. Blot up the soda and most, if not all, of the stain will disappear too.
Always test in a hidden area to make sure the vinegar does not damage the carpet.