Stain Removal Tricks and Shortcuts

Homemade Carpet-Cleaning Solutions

These stain-busters are made of products you probably have on hand, but make sure to follow the recipes exactly.

By Jennifer Jafarzadeh
Muddy, yellow boots on carpetWendell T. Webber

Synthetic-Carpet Cleaners

Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.
 

  • Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.
  • Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
  • Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover.


Natural-Fiber-Carpet Cleaners

Place these solutions (except the solvent) in spray bottles and mist them lightly onto the stain.
 

  • Detergent solution: Mix one teaspoon of translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Vinegar solution: Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of water.
  • Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Solvent solution: Same as for synthetic carpets (see above).
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