9 Common Household Products That Actually Clean Your Carpets And Stains

9 Common household products that actually clean your carpets and stains

1. Ammonia. Lift out stains from carpeting and upholstery by sponging them with 1 cup of clear ammonia in 1/2 gallon (2 liters) warm water. Let it dry thoroughly, then repeat if needed.

2. Baby Wipes. Use a baby wipe to blot up coffee spills from your rug or carpet. They absorb both the liquid and the stain. You can use wipes for spills on your clothing and furniture. I ALWAYS keep wipes in the car, and use them way too often!

3. Beer. Getting coffee or tea stains out your rug may seem impossible, but you can literally lift it out by pouring a bit of beer right on top. Rub the beer lightly into the material, and the stain should disappear. You may have to  repeat the process a couple of times to remove all traces of the stain.

4. Borax. Thoroughly dampen the area, then rub in some borax. Let the area dry, then vacuum or blot it with a solution of equal parts vinegar and soapy water, then let dry. Repeat if necessary. Make sure you test the procedure on an inconspicuous corner of the rug or on a carpet scrap before applying it to the stain.

5. Cornstarch. This actually works on ink. Mix milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to  the ink stain. Allow the concoction to dry on the carpet for a few hours, then  brush off the dried residue and vacuum it up.

6. Salt.  Salt can remove grease from your carpet. You just mix up 1 part salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease stain, being careful to rub in the  direction of the rug’s natural nap.

7. Shaving Cream. Your little one is very sorry for spilling a little juice on the carpet, so  make it “all better” with some shaving cream on the spot. Blot the stain, pat it with a wet sponge, squirt some shaving cream on it, and then wipe clean with a damp sponge. Use the same technique on your clothes for small stains. Shaving cream can remove that spot of breakfast you discovered you’re wearing during  your once-over.

8. Vinegar. You can lift out many stains from your carpet with vinegar.

  • Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in  1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.
  • For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use  in the same way.
  • For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon  vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain using a dry  cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.
  • To make spray-on spot and stain remover, fill a spray bottle with 5 parts  water and 1 part vinegar. Fill a second spray bottle with 1 part non-sudsy  ammonia and 5 parts water. Saturate a stain with the vinegar solution. Let it  settle for a few minutes, then blot thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Then  spray and blot using the ammonia solution. Repeat until the stain is gone.

9. WD-40. Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with  WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.

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