The worst part about having a light colored carpet is that every little stain shows. Such was the case on the medium sized stain I found in our carpet, of unknown origin (meaning I have no clue what was spilled there) and duration (saw it last night for the first time). As most of you know, the longer a stain sets in, the harder it will be to remove. So first thing this morning I decided to try and get it out. Since I did not have any stain remover in the house, and did not feel like going out just to get that, I decided to make my own eco-friendly carpet stain remover recipe with the products I already had.
There are many online recipes for eco-friendly stain removers. Most had a few ingredients in common: vinegar, castile soap, glycerin, borax, and salt. Like any green cleaner, I keep vinegar in stock by the gallon, and have soaps that contain both glycerin and castile soap (which I figured should work just as well). Unfortunately, I don’t normally use borax and was unable to use it. Still, the stain remover I was able to create with the ingredients available (Vinegar, glycerin based body wash, eco-friendly laundry detergent and salt) did a wonderful job.
Here is my impromptu carpet stain remover recipe for anyone who’s interested:
2 oz Distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon glycerin based bodywash
1 tablespoon eco-friendly laundry detergent
1 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a medium/small container and use a brush with hard bristles to scrub. Trust me, once you see how great it is, you’ll be going around the house searching for other spots. As you can see, I made a small amount since I only had the one spot. You can always double or triple your quantities depending on how much you think you need. Give it a try and be sure to let me know how it worked for you.
And remember, always Stay Green!