Natural Carpet Stain Remover
Non-toxic, Carpet Stain Remover Recipe
So you’ve just spilled the red wine on the carpet. Never fear! You don’t have to reach for toxic carpet cleaners that can contain naphthalene (which goes by moth flakes, white tar, or tar camphor) that is highly toxic to children and pets. Instead, try out some of these natural carpet stain removing techniques.
- Beer: Using a rag or eco-paper towels, soak up as much liquid as possible. Then saturate the area with a one to one solution of water and white vinegar and blot with a clean rag.
- Berries and fruit: Blot up as much of the food as possible and then apply a solution of laundry detergent and warm water. Blot again and then treat with equal parts water and vinegar. Repeat blotting with detergent mixture.
- Blood: Blot fresh stains repeatedly with cold water until the stain is removed. For dried blood, apply some glycerin, let stand for about 1 hour and then blot with water.
- Chewing gum: Apply a bag of ice to the chewing gum area and let stand so that the residue can freeze. Chip away the chewing gum and repeat if necessary.
- Coffee and tea: Blot as much of the liquid up with a rag and then using a sponge soaked in a water-vinegar solution, pat the area. Follow that with soapy water if need be and repeat.
- Grease: When troubled by grease stains, simply sprinkle the spot with corn starch and let it soak up the grease for 15 to 20 minutes, then vacuum. If necessary, follow by soaking the area with a solution of liquid laundry detergent, let stand several hours, then blot.
- Paint: Blot or scrape as much paint (latex or oil-based) up as possible. Then for latex paint, using liquid laundry detergent, blot the area and rinse with clean water. For hard to remove stains, try water-soluble paint remover solution. For oil-based paints blot the stain with rubbing alcohol repeatedly until the stain is removed.
- Rust: Pour lemon juice on the spot and let dry, then vacuum to remove any remaining residue. If the stain persists, cover the stain again with lemon juice and then with salt. Let dry and vacuum as before.
- Urine: You can usually find an enzyme-based pet stain remover at the pet store. Soak the area through the carpet and underlay then using a plastic bag (turn inside out to avoid any print-transfer), cover the stain and weight it down. Let stand for 48 hours so that the solution can do the work, then remove the cover and let air dry. Repeat if urine smell persists.
- Wax: After the wax cools, scrape up as much as possible. Then turn an unprinted paper bag onto the spot and lightly iron.