When dealing with carpet stains, your first instinct might be to hit them with an arsenal of chemicals. But as we all know, harsh chemical cleaners can be bad for the environment, bad for your health and, in some cases, bad for your carpets.
But what’s the alternative? Well, there are lots of simple and natural ways to remove carpet stains without resorting to potentially harmful chemicals.
Why choose Natural Stain Removers?
There are plenty of great reasons to embrace green cleaning. Firstly, it will save you money. Chances are you already have everything you need at home to get rid of a wide range of carpet stains.
Additionally, these natural cleaning methods are far kinder to the environment than chemical cleaners. Along with releasing harmful fumes when used, these chemicals can wreak havoc on ecosystems if they’re washed down the drain or disposed of improperly.
So save money and the environment by trying these natural carpet stain removers next time there’s a spill in your home.
Vinegar is your best friend when it comes to most household stains. All you need to do is mix up a solution of one cup of vinegar to two cups of water. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and then dab at the stained area and leave it sit for about 15 minutes.
Soak another cloth with warm water and blot at the stain. Then leave for another hour. When you return, you should see the stain has lightened and hopefully lifted. You may need to repeat this process a few times to completely remove the stain.
White Wine or Vodka
If you spill red wine, head to your drink cabinet for a bottle of white wine or vodka. Alcohol acts as a degreasing agent, so it can be extremely good at breaking down stains. With your choice of clear alcohol, wet the stained area and dab with a clean cloth. You should see the stain start to lift.
White wine is also a great way to remove red wine stains. White wine contains enzymes that help to neutralise the stain-causing compounds in red wine.
However, you should never use an alcoholic beverage as a stain remover if you’ve already tried using another cleaning agent, since the alcohol could react unpredictably with the cleaner.
While there are plenty of ways to get rid of coffee stains, beer works surprisingly well. Add a little beer to a clean cloth and gently rub the stain. It should start to lift. You may need to do this a few times to fully get rid of the stain though. Make sure you use a beer that’s clear and light in colour (a coffee stout will only exacerbate the problem!). And as with any untested cleaning product, you should always test it on a hidden section of the carpet first.
Cornstarch or Baking Soda
Baking soda or cornstarch are great for pre-treating and removing stains from carpets. Both are incredibly absorbent and can help to draw stains and odours out of the carpet fibres. A mixture of vinegar and baking soda is a great natural alternative to chemically-based carpet dry cleaning solutions. Liberally sprinkle the mixture onto the stain and leave for several hours. Then simply vacuum the carpets and the stains should be gone.
Salt is another great option for removing stains. As with cornstarch or baking soda, salt is incredibly absorbent and can be used to draw a wet stain out of the carpet fibres. Simply sprinkle a generous amount of salt over the stain and leave for 10 to 15 minutes before vacuuming up the salt (and the stain!).
Plain soda water is another great stain removal option. While soda water is nothing more than carbonated water (with a few salts), it has long been used as a stain remover. Simply put some soda in a spray bottle and spray the affected area. Then blot it up with a clean, dry cloth. You may need to do this a few times to remove the stain completely.
It’s worth bearing in mind that most of these cleaning solutions will only work on fresh stains. For deep stains that have had time to settle into the carpet fibres, you may need professional steam cleaning or carpet dry cleaning.
Getting stains out of your carpet shouldn’t be a difficult process and nor should it mean using expensive and potentially harmful chemicals. Next time you need to clean up a stain, try these natural alternatives instead.