7 Household Stain Removal Tricks

1. Vinegar
Vinegar is one of the strongest cleaning product you can have in your home. It can do everything from removing soap scum to cleaning carpet stains.  Here are 3 Ways to mix Vinegar,

Mix of 2 tablespoons of salt and a ½ cup of white vinegar. Apply the mixture to the stain with a cloth. Let the area dry and then vacuum the area. If the stain remains, repeat the process but add 2 tablespoons of Borax to the mixture.

Mix 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 1½ tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Apply the mixture with a cloth and then blot up the stain. This works well for fruit stains especially.

Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water. Apply with a cloth and blot. This simple treatment is great for coffee or tea stains.

2. Cornstarch
Mix cornstarch and milk to get a stain out of the carpet. But this one-to-one solution of milk and cornstarch is a great way to remove ink stains. Just make a paste of equal parts milk and cornstarch and spread it on the stain. Allow this mixture to dry. Gentle brush up the residue and then vacuum up whatever remains.

3. Salt
Salt is effective for three tough stains: wine, grease, and ketchup.
To remove a red wine stain, blot up the stain. Sprinkle the area liberally with salt and wait a half hour or so. Vacuum up the salt, apply cold water to the area, and blot. Now vacuum again.  To remove a grease stain, combine one part salt to four parts rubbing alcohol. Dab the mixture liberally onto the stain then blot with a clean cloth.

4. Baking Soda
With vomit or urine stains, baking soda is your best bet. Wipe up as much of the stain as you can then sprinkle baking soda over the area and pat it in with a clean cloth or paper towel. Let this dry completely and then vacuum up the residue. Baking soda will not only clear the area, but it will also sanitize it and deodorize it.

5. Club Soda
If you have pets, you need to keep some club soda on hand because club soda is great for removing pet urine stains. All you need to do is blot up as much of the urine as you can then soak the area with club soda. Blot again and then repeat the blotting and soaking process with tap water or tap water combined with white vinegar. Its also great for tea & coffee stains.

6. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an awesome stain remover for stains.  The stains that have be missed and appear out of nowhere. Combine a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a half teaspoon of cream of tartar and a dab of non-gel toothpaste to create a paste. Because hydrogen peroxide can cause discoloration in some fibers, test this paste on a hidden area of your carpet before using it on your stain.  Let it sit a few minutes then remove the paste with a damp cloth. You should now be able to blot up the stain.

7. Shaving Cream
This can remove set-in juice stains and grease or oil stains with shaving cream. Blot the stain and moisten it with water. Then just spray the stain with shaving cream and gently press it in with a cloth. (If you only have the gel-type shaving cream, squirt some in your hand, wet it, and work it into a foam before you apply it to the stain.) Wait a few minutes and then remove the shaving cream with a damp cloth. “Rinse” the area with another damp cloth and blot up the moisture.

If these DIY stain removing ideas don’t work call a professional carpet cleaning company.