Soda, Vinegar, Peroxide, Citric Acid: 5 Folk Remedies for Carpet Cleaning

A carpet or rug on the floor is a real salvation for your feet, especially during the cold season. However, carpets get dirty quickly, especially if you have children or pets at home.

How to Clean Carpet with Vanish, Liquid Soap, or Shampoo

Classic household chemicals are a great option for cleaning carpets. Many housewives use it, then the carpet quickly becomes clean and smells good. You need to first remove the dust from the carpet, use a vacuum cleaner to do this, or knock the carpet outdoors.

Then take shampoo, liquid soap, dishwashing detergent, or vanish. Dissolve the product in water to a thick lather, apply with a sponge to the carpet, leave it on for a few minutes, rub thoroughly, and rinse with water. In the end, the carpet should be dried with a hair dryer, so as not to provoke the process of rotting the fabric.

How to clean a carpet with baking soda and vinegar and powder.

The remedy based on the above three ingredients perfectly copes with any dirt. You need:

  • 0.5 cup of boiling water;
  • 70 ml of vinegar;
  • 1 tbsp of baking soda;
  • 1 tbsp of powder.

Mix all these ingredients, pour into a bottle, and through a sprayer spray on the carpet. Take a cloth of cotton cloth, rub the carpet thoroughly, and then use a damp sponge to remove the rest of the liquid.

Useful tip: powder can be replaced with dishwashing detergent and even old stains can be removed.

How to clean a rug at home – citric acid

Another folk method – is “washing” the carpet with acid. Especially successful is this method for those who need to remove stubborn stains. Dilute the acid in water in a 1:1 ratio and pour the solution on the stain. As an alternative, concentrated lemon juice can be used. Allow it to sit for two hours and then rinse and pat the carpet dry.

How to clean a light-colored carpet on the floor with glycerin

Also suitable for getting rid of various stains, which is especially good in the case of light-colored carpets – on them, the dirt is most visible. Glycerin in pure form should be applied to the stain, leave it for 1-2 hours, and then wipe the area with a damp cloth.

Peroxide is an alternative to glycerin, which is also best used for light-colored carpets. In this case, the stain should be moistened with water, poured over with peroxide, and rubbed immediately with a soft brush. If the dirt does not disappear, the procedure can be repeated.

How to freshen a carpet made of different types of fibers
Before you start cleaning, you need to pay attention to the material from which the carpet is made:

  • silk, viscose, hand-woven wool – dry cleaning only;
  • ordinary wool – baking soda, vinegar, salt, starch;
  • synthetics – salt, vinegar, soap solutions.

It is also important to take into account the type of pile. The short pile is the easiest to clean, here is acceptable wet or dry cleaning. It is better to use a soft brush and not rub it hard, and the best remedies are ammonia, turpentine, or vinegar. The long pile is more finicky, so to avoid ruining the carpet, arm yourself with a microfiber rag. After cleaning, be sure to dry the carpet and “lift” the pile.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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