Are you fed up with spending so much money on all the latest and most advertised “magic” stain removers and cleaning products? Well, there is a way to save a lot of money, and even more – reduce the health risks for you, your children and your pets from the fumes of all the chemicals contained in your varying cleaning and washing detergents. Plus, with the natural cleaning methods, you will also reduce the negative impact on the environment, which the majority of the commercial chemically based cleaning solutions have.
So, if you are wondering how to remove stains from your carpet using natural cleaning solutions, there is actually a wide variety of completely natural and safe choices for you. Most of them are as efficient as and even more efficient than the chemical based ones. In order to prepare an almost universal carpet stain removal products which are perfectly safe, cheap and natural, all you need to do is to mix a cup of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and a teaspoon of baking soda – all in a spray bottle. Once you mix these perfectly safe ingredients in the spray bottle there will be somewhat of a reaction between the acid and base ingredients (aka the vinegar and baking soda). Don’t mind the bubbles – they are great for efficient cleaning. This reaction is why it recommended that you add the baking soda last and above a sink so that the entire solution doesn’t erupt and spill out of the spray bottle. For an old stain or a dried off dirt stain, first of all, vacuum the stained area thoroughly. If there are hard particles left on the stained surface, then proceed to gently scrub it off with a spoon or with the abrasive side of a dry sponge.
If the stain is from a liquid spill, then make sure you blot out as much of the spilled liquid before proceeding to treat the spot with your newly made natural cleaning solution. After you are ready, spray some of the “magic” natural cleaner or the stained spot and dab it up with a clean cloth. Repeat until the entire stain has moved from the carpet to the cleaning cloth. Proceed to rinse out the area with a damp cloth with clear water. Blot out as much of the water as you can with paper towels and let the area dry completely.
There are a number of other natural stain removal tricks which can come in handy too.
White vinegar is definitely the number one natural cleaning solution which can be used for removal of a number of different stains, for disinfecting as well as for cleaning and polishing of surfaces.
One of the methods for stain removal with vinegar is to treat the stain with a solution made of two tablespoons of salt mixed in half a cup of white vinegar. Let it dry out completely and then vacuum it all off. Along with the dried powder so should the stain disappear. For tough stains, you can mix a spoon of vinegar with a spoon of cornstarch, rub it on the stain and let it sit for at least 24 hours and then vacuum it off.
The runner-up in the natural cleaning solutions competition is baking soda. Sprinkling a nasty stain with baking soda and letting it sit for a while before vacuuming it will not only clean the spot but will naturally deodorize it.