Even if you vacuum regularly, dust can build up on your carpet, making it harder to get clean with vacuuming alone. However, when you combine the cleaning power of baking soda with the scrubbing power of vinegar and water. You can use homemade cleaning products to clean your carpet effectively and effortlessly. Here are five easy ways to clean your carpet with baking soda.
5 Easy Ways to Clean Your Carpet with Baking Soda
1) Dry the spot
If your carpet is just dirty, or you have a spot that’s been stained, try sprinkling baking soda on it and letting it sit for 20 minutes. The soda will soak up moisture as well as release any lingering odors. Then, give your carpet a good vacuum. It should be nearly back to normal. If there are still some visible stains, you can use club soda in place of water when using your steam cleaner to clean. Club soda works especially well at lifting out grease stains from carpets. Or if you have pets who like to get their paws dirty (or mud tracked inside), sprinkle baking soda over the mess before scrubbing it in with warm water and soap. For tougher stains, let them sit overnight first then wash them away in the morning.
2) Sprinkle baking soda on the wet area
Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over any wet spots on your carpet. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuum up any remaining residue. Which should be stained and spotty by now. You may need to repeat these steps a few times if your carpets are especially dirty or if you have multiple wet spots. But if you vacuum between cleanings, you shouldn’t have trouble removing all of your stains. To freshen your carpet, even more, repeat steps 2-4 every time you vacuum until there are no more stain marks left on your carpet. If at any point in these steps you find that baking soda isn’t strong enough for a particularly nasty spot, try adding lemon juice to help remove tough stains.
3) Let it sit overnight
Though baking soda is an excellent cleaner, it can take up to 24 hours for it to break down most stains. You don’t want that build-up sitting in your carpeting so give it some time before you vacuum. If you don’t have time to let it sit overnight, be sure to go over your carpet at least a few times with a good vacuum after you apply baking soda. It may not get everything but anything extra will certainly help.
4) Vacuum in the morning
Vacuuming carpet when it’s dry can lead to fine dust particles being stirred up and spread around. But if you vacuum in the morning, after your carpet has absorbed any daily moisture (from shoes, spills, etc.), you’re more likely to get a deeper clean. Plus, a very early vacuum will help make sure allergens don’t get stirred up before your first cup of coffee. And did we mention that vacuuming at breakfast is a great way to start your day?
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5) Blot stain with vinegar
I can’t say enough about vinegar. Vinegar is a natural carpet cleaner and deodorizer that is also great for cleaning household surfaces. Apply vinegar liberally over stains and watch as they disappear right before your eyes! If you want to play it safe, spray some white vinegar on a cloth or sponge and dab it over areas of your carpet that need an extra cleaning boost. Be sure not to let it dry because as soon as it dries, most of its power disappears.