How to remove carpet stains & odors with home ingredients

Crude looking carpets in your home are embarrassing and can ruin a good day. They’re an eye sore and oftentimes foul smelling.

You won’t want to invite over company, and you won’t truly feel at home.

There’s good news, however. You can remove stains, spots, and odors from your carpets easily, affordably and in as little as a few hours.

If you are prone to dropping food, you walk around in your muddy work boots, or have a pet that has been urinating everywhere in your home or apartment, we have a recipe to make your carpets look and smell great again.

It not only eliminates the odor, it totally removes all existing stains. It’s a really simple process, and stains that have been there for years will never return.

The best part? We’ll show you how to have a super clean carpet while only spending $5 in ingredients that you probably already have under your kitchen sink or somewhere else in your home.

Ingredients needed:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Tap water
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish soap

Follow these steps to restore your carpets and have them looking like new again:

  1. Mix half distilled white vinegar and half water in spray bottle.
  2. Soak the stained area with mixture. Don’t be afraid to pour it on. Get it soaking wet.
  3. Wait a few minutes and soak up the excess moisture with a terry cloth towel. A terry cloth is very absorbent and pulls all the moisture out, but you can also use paper towels or a wet-dry vacuum to get the job done.
  4. Cover the entire stained/smelly area with baking soda.
  5. Mix hydrogen peroxide and dish soap (we like using Dawn) into a spray bottle. For every cup and half of hydrogen peroxide, mix in a teaspoon of dish soap.
  6. Saturate the entire area. Don’t be afraid to cover it thoroughly.
  7. Use a firm bristled brush to push baking soda and hydrogen peroxide/dish soap mixture deep into the stained area.
  8. Let sit for 15 minutes, and use terry cloth towel again to soak up excess moisture. Do not use wet-dry vacuum at this point, because you do not want to remove the baking soda from the carpet.
  9. Wait for the carpet to dry. This may take several hours. Use fans to speed up the drying process.
  10. Once dry, take a hard bristle brush to the carpet and break up any ingredients that might have hardened together.
  11. Vacuum the area to remove the excess baking soda.

Yes! Your carpets are beautiful again.

This process also works on mattresses, furniture and upholstery – if those happen to be funky, too.