Get Those Carpet Stains Out: Best Nontoxic Methods for Spot Cleaning

Banish blotches the safe way with pantry staples, to get your rugs looking as clean as the day they came home

Carpets and rugs are comfortable underfoot, but they’re also magnets for stains. From holiday gatherings to everyday use, carpets and rugs often take a lot of abuse.

But keeping your floor coverings looking their best is easier than you may think. A simple detergent solvent made with ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 teaspoon dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle can remove many household stains.

Caution: Before you tackle any stain on your carpet, always test the cleaning solution on a scrap or inconspicuous area for colorfastness. Don’t forget to read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for both synthetic and natural-fiber rugs. If you have an antique or delicate rug, consult an expert carpet cleaner before attempting any DIY methods.


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