Easy and Inexpensive DIY Recipes for 10 Common Cleaning Products (10 of 11)

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Vinegar, spray bottle and brush on carpet

Carpet Stain Lifter

I have to admit, I was skeptical of this simple recipe. Sometimes it is hard to believe that two simple ingredients will be powerful enough to cut through dog vomit stains. But, this mix from Earth Easy did just that and now we have a clean spot-free carpet again.

Make It: Mix one cup each of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain until wet. Use a brush to scrub the mixture into the stain. Wait 5-10 minutes. Gently wipe and blot up the stain with a water and soap-moistened cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Here are a few more carpet stain treatment ideas:

  • For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 - 30 minutes before vacuuming.
  • For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.
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Photo Credit: Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl