How To Clean Carpets With Baking Soda & Vinegar [The Right Way]


How To Use Baking Soda As A Natural Carpet Cleaner

  If you’ve got some unsightly stains on your carpets, you’ve probably been searching for the best ways to remove them. There are tons of products on the market that are designed specifically for carpet stains, but these specialty products can be expensive. Plus, they’re often full of harsh chemicals which can ruin your carpets and harm the environment, and they aren’t even always effective against tough stains.

A more natural and inexpensive solution is to use baking soda as your carpet cleaner. Baking soda will help freshen up both appearance and smell, and it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals – so you can feel good about your own well-being, your carpets, and the environment. And, if combined with another natural cleaning agent, vinegar, it can take care of even the toughest stains out there.

Whether you should clean with just baking soda or a mixture of both will depend on what type of stain you’re dealing with.  

How to Get Baking Soda Out of Carpet – Method # 2

Another way to approach this type of carpet stain removal involves vacuuming and using a turbo brush.

  1. If the stained part of the carpet is dry, start by vacuuming the baking soda spots.
  2. If your vacuum happens to have a turbo brush that you can use, this is best; though you can also rub the end of the vacuum hose over the stain vigorously to help loosen the stain.
  3. Next, using a wet rag, go back over the affected area of the carpet until the stain disappears completely. 


Will Baking Soda Pull Urine Out Of Carpet?

Pet owners everywhere are familiar with the issue of urine on the carpet. Tackling it quickly with proper cleaning products is totally fine. However, it can sometimes leave stains, odors and even worse, residue.

Will baking soda work? Baking soda can absorb liquids, so if you leave it over the affected area overnight, it can definitely help to pull out any sort of liquid, including urine.

Baking Soda Reacts with Vinegar

Vinegar is undoubtedly an incredible weapon when it comes to fighting carpet smells and stains, and baking soda significantly reacts with the ingredients present in vinegar.

Baking soda and vinegar are like partners in crime, and together, they can do wonders in terms of removing dirty stains and unpleasant odors from carpets. Carpet cleaning with vinegar and baking soda is a simple but effective solution.

Cleaning a carpet with vinegar and baking soda is the best way to keep your carpet looking fresh and clean. The ideal method is to soak the affected areas with vinegar and then sprinkle some baking soda on top.

This process will result in a bubbling mixture as the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. Allow the mixture to absorb the stain for a few minutes. Then, you can wipe it and vacuum it up.

Helpful Tips and Tricks

Now, let’s talk about some helpful tips and tricks that you can do when using some of these methods.

A) Measure the amount with tablespoon

It is recommendable to measure the amount of baking soda with tablespoon. This way, you will know exactly how much to use.

Two tablespoons of baking soda should be enough for non-greasy stains removal. On the other hand, three to four tablespoons should do the job when it comes to greasy stains.

B) Vacuum slowly and thoroughly

When you need to vacuum the mixture or the stain, it is recommendable to do it slowly. This way, you will ensure that every part of the area will be cleaned perfectly. When vacuuming slowly, you will not miss any part of the area where you poured baking soda.

C) Spray baking soda evenly

It is also quite important to spread baking soda all over the stain. You can’t just pour all of it in the center of the area.

By spreading baking soda all over the stain, you will ensure perfect cleaning of the carpet. This way, you will use baking soda carpet freshener in the best possible light.

D) Don’t rub or put any pressure on the carpet

If you rub baking soda against your carpet, you risk of getting the carpet damaged. So, when you pour baking soda on the carpet, don’t rub it or apply any pressure on it.

Just leave there to sit and it will get the job done perfectly. This way, you will be able to do baking soda carpet cleaner methods properly.

Greasy Stain Removal

Not all stains are going to be simple for you to clean up. If there is any grease in the stain, you will need to take a different approach to help remove it. Try these four steps:

  1. To start, use a rag or paper towel to blot the stain, removing as much of the grease as possible. Be careful not to rub the grease; this will cause it to set in the carpet and can damage the carpet fibers.
  2. After you have thoroughly blotted, sprinkle dry baking soda on the stain and allow it to sit overnight. The longer that you allow it to sit, the more grease it will be able to absorb.
  3. In the morning, you will want to vacuum the area thoroughly. If you can’t see the stain anymore, you’re all done! If the stain is still visible, take a little dish soap (about the size of a dime to start) and begin to blot it into the stain to help cut through the grease.
    • Immediately follow with water and a towel to start blotting up the soapy residue. Always remember to blot so you don’t spread the grease or cause any damage to the carpet fibers.
  4. Finally, dry the area until it is slightly damp. Sprinkle another layer of baking soda onto the stain and allow it to sit for at least three hours before vacuuming the area again.

Is the grease stain still not coming out? Try these other methods of grease removal from HowStuffWorks, or give Clean Choice a call to schedule professional carpet cleaning in Maryland!

Does Baking Soda Kill Bacteria on Carpet?

Baking soda does not kill bacteria (2). If that’s your main goal when cleaning your carpet, we recommend going for a different cleaning product or trying steam cleaning.

Common Questions About Tea Stains

How do you get old tea stains out of carpet?

Tea stains can reappear if your carpet fiber absorbs all the liquid. Although it may have looked clean yesterday, the stains could have risen up to the surface again. To remove these old stains, here are the steps.

  1. Use warm water to cover the old tea stains.
  2. Blot up all the liquid using a clean microfiber cloth.
  3. Continue pressing down the fabric in the area, and make sure that the tea stains all the way at the bottom of the padding transfer to your fabric.
  4. Once you dry the area, put warm water on the area again, and continue removing the liquid.
  5. If the cloth comes clean and dry after repeatedly blotting it up, but you can still see a stain. Apply a carpet stain remover.
  6. Test the stain remover by putting it in an inconspicuous area. Follow the directions on the manual.
  7. Rinse it with cold water and dry it up.

 What is the best carpet stain remover?

The best carpet stain remover depends on what kind of fabric you have. One of the best stain removal techniques is using a baking soda paste or white vinegar. Classic stain removers also work well.

Warning! 7 places you should NEVER use baking soda

Here are a few of the best carpet stain removing tips that you can try:

  • Use a light-colored or white cloth when you are cleaning the stains. Colored fabric is not good because you can accidentally pull the dye into the carpet.
  • Make sure that you use cold water on stains because warm water set the stains and make it difficult to remove.
  • Try using the salt and baking soda techniques from above on the stains.
  • If the stain is still present, you can use white vinegar or carpet stain remover.

  How to remove bleach stains from carpets

How do you remove old tea stains?

You can use white vinegar and diluted water to remove old tea stains completely. Make sure that you test the vinegar in an inconspicuous spot before tackling the stain. If your carpet doesn’t handle vinegar well, it could end up bleaching the fabric.

  1. Mix the white vinegar into the diluted water. Make sure that you use a 1:1 ratio.
  2. Use a sponge to scrub it on the stain gently.
  3. Let it rest for five to ten minutes before rinsing.
  4. Blot the liquid using a clean white cloth.
  5. If it is not compatible, you can experience a bleaching effect on your carpet.

Fabric Matters

The fabric of your carpet plays an important role in deciding the type of method you should be used for stain removal. So, here we have some tricks that you can use to remove stains from any type of fabric. Take a look at the top 3 tricks that you can opt for soda stain removal.

Removing Pet Odors and Smells from Carpet

  If you’ve got pets, then you know that along with their usually loving and joyful personalities can come some not-so-lovable smells. These smells can come from “accidents” in the house, or they can simply accumulate in areas where your pets hang out because of repeated exposure. Pet odors can not only be embarrassing if you have company over, but they can also become unbearable for you and others living with you if they’re not addressed.

But thankfully, baking soda can do the trick for getting rid of those pet smells.

If you find that one or more of the rooms in your house has a general “pet smell” from the animals just being there frequently, you can start by simply sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda over the entire carpet and allowing it to sit for a few hours. This should give the baking soda time to absorb the odors coming from the carpets. Then, you simply vacuum it all up!

If, however, your pet smells stem from more concentrated sources such as urine, then you’ll need to either treat them as a non-greasy stain above, or take it a step farther and add some vinegar to the mixture.

Does baking soda stain carpet?

While bicarbonate of soda (baking soda, sodium bicarbonate) can remove some marks on your carpet but only when used with an acid solution. If you use it without the acid (something like vinegar) it does little.

The problem with this is that it depends on what you are trying to remove. A side effect of using this is you end up with a white residue which can be hard to remove. There are easier ways to get the same result.

We are often asked if baking soda will stain carpet. We have never found that bicarb or baking soda (the same thing) to ever stain carpet. Some are also concerned that the vinegar will bleach carpet. There is little risk of this happening, even with woollen carpets.

A Note to Remember

It is true that vinegar and baking soda can be used in carpet cleaning but not really as good as you think. According to science, vinegar is a fine disinfectant. It has a pretty impressive germ-killing ability but it is not as strong as bleach. It is probably good on mild dirt and stains such as pet urine but not on tougher ones.

When it comes to pet accidents, baking soda works as a deodoriser as discussed above. It will absorb odour while not hurting anything. Using these natural alternatives may leave residues causing the carpet to get dirty faster. All that said you need soap and hot water to clean your carpet thoroughly or better call professionals.

Carpet cleaning technicians can do the job properly leaving only clean and fresh carpet behind. Nevertheless, vinegar and baking soda along with other homemade ingredients are a much healthier choice. They are great cleaning alternatives on a budget.

About this article

Co-authored by: Haim Shemesh Carpet & Rug Cleaning Specialist This article was co-authored by Haim Shemesh. Haim Shemesh is a Carpet and Rug Cleaning Specialist and the Owner of Sunlight Fine Rug Care & Restoration, a business based in New York City. Haim specializes in Oriental, Persian, handmade, and antique rug cleaning and repair. He also conducts rug restoration along with fire damage care. He has over 17 years of experience in the carpet cleaning industry. Sunlight Fine Rug Care & Restoration has been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2017 and 2018. Their clients include Staples, Ace Hotel, Momofuku, Banana Republic, and more. This article has been viewed 731,126 times. 51 votes – 97% Co-authors: 11 Updated: August 10, 2021 Views: 731,126

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To deodorize carpet with baking soda, start by vacuuming it so it’s as clean as possible. Then, pour a liberal amount of baking soda over the parts of the carpet you want to deodorize. After you’ve covered the carpet with baking soda, scrub it into the carpet fibers using a dry sponge. Let the baking soda sit for several hours so it has time to absorb all of the bad odors. Finally, vacuum up the baking soda and when you’re finished, your carpet should be odor-free. If you want to learn how to wash your carpet before you apply baking soda, keep reading the article!

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Get Rid of Baking Soda Residue

One primary concern that some people might have is how to get baking soda out of a carpet. It is possible that even after a thorough vacuuming, your carpet still gives off a strong scent of baking soda.

The best way to get baking soda remains out of your carpet is by soaking a clean sponge in a mixture of water and vinegar. Dab the sponge on the affected area and then let it dry.

If the residue on the carpet is already dry, try vacuuming it up. Rub the residue with a brush to loosen it so that it can be vacuumed up.

If that doesn’t work either, use a steam cleaner if you have one. If you don’t own a steam cleaner, you can always rent one for emergencies.

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