DIY Carpet Stain Removal Recipes

DIY Carpet Stain Removal Recipes

cleaning-carpet-spotsLast time on the blog, we discussed the fact that carpet stains can be an unsightly and undesirable addition to the otherwise lovely carpeting in your home.  At Georgia Carpet Industries, we believe that great stain protected carpet can mean the difference between a quick and easy cleanup or a spot that can never be removed, but we understand that stains do happen! Thankfully, when it comes to carpet stains (whether they are new or existing stains), it is possible to remove them with items you already have around your house.

Previously, we recommended that you use a carpet cleaning product that has a CRI Seal of Approval when you encounter a stain. But what if you do not have this type of cleaning product on hand?  Here are some other options you can consider:

  • “Use plain water. Surprisingly, water often works better than untested carpet cleaners do.
  • Use a detergent solution.  Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water.  Never use laundry detergent; it may contain bleach or simply be too harsh.
  • Use a white vinegar solution.  Mix one cup white (not red wine or cider) vinegar with 1 cup of water.  White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes effective on tannins (weak vegetable dyes found in tea and coffee), and it leaves no residue.  However, be careful because acids can set some other dye stains.” (“Cleaning Spots and Spills,” The Carpet and Rug Institute)

And below we have included some additional, tried-and-true recipes for do-it-yourself carpet stain removal.  These carpet stain protection options incorporate simple items that you probably already have in your pantry or under your kitchen sink.  Please do remember, though, that you should take your carpet type, color, style and the stain type into consideration before trying any of these methods.  It is important to use your discretion since your individual results can depend on a variety of factors.

Now let’s take a look at these carpet stain removal recipes.  First, check out this completely chemical-free carpet stain removal method.  All you need is tap water, a towel and iron!  By combining the damp towel and heat from the iron, this method acts like a steam cleaning (on a smaller scale, of course).



“How to Remove Carpet Stains Without Chemicals”

(Please note that this method should not be used on P.E.T fiber carpets or Olefin).


Step 1:  Gather supplies. You will need an iron and a light-colored towel (one that won’t bleed color).

Step 2:  Wet the towel completely.  Fold the towel (make sure to get at least 2 folds if not three).

Step 3:  Using high heat, press iron down on towel.  This is creating steam which raises the stain to surface of carpet or onto the towel itself.

Step 4:  Keep the iron pressed to the towel about 3 seconds.  Release iron and check progress.  Repeat if needed.

Step 5:  If repeating, let towel cool in between.  You may need to gently rub stain with towel to completely release it from the carpet.

(Source: “Spilled Wine, Coffee, etc.” from Bigger Than the Three of Us)

The next carpet stain removal recipe incorporates hot water, with the addition of a few other items that you are sure to already have on hand!

“Upholstery & Carpet Stain Remover”


1 tbsp dish soap (regular Dawn is recommended)

1 tbsp white vinegar

2 cups hot water

Baking soda


Step 1:  Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and wait 10 minutes. Then vacuum it up.

Step 2:  Mix the dish soap, vinegar, and water together.

Step 3:  With a clean cloth, start dabbing the stain remover on the stain. Keep blotting until it’s completely gone.

(Source: “Upholstery & Carpet Stain Remover” from Couponing to Disney)

We hope that some of these do-it-yourself carpet stain removal methods will help you in the unfortunate event of stains in your home!

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1 Response

  1. Emily Dowd says:

    I always use iron when cleaning stains from my carpet. I have a nice simple recipe that cleans almost each stain with the help of an iron, it literally steams everything out of the carpet.Thank you for sharing this recipe, it’s simple too and quite efficient. Greets!

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