12 Ways to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Every Room in Your Home

Drain Cleaner

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This mixture can be used to refresh a stinky drain and clear minor blockages. The action of the carbon dioxide gas bubbles released as the baking soda and vinegar react can help dislodge any food or waste that’s creating blockages and smells within your drains.

Steps

  1. Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda down the plughole.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to bubble.
  3. Once the bubbles stop, turn on your hot tap to maximum and run for five minutes.
  4. Flush with plenty of cold water.

Bathroom Cleaning Spray

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This gentle cleaning spray is great at removing soap scum, mildew, and hard water stains. It’s perfect for use in the bathroom but works just as well in other areas of the house as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

Steps

  1. Mix with a spoon and make sure all the baking soda is dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply to any areas you want to clean.
  3. Leave for 10 minutes before wiping the mixture away with a soft cloth or sponge. 
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How Do I Use Baking Soda As a Carpet Cleaner?

Now that you’re ready to try baking soda on the carpet, let’s look at two different purposes for using it. First, you can use baking soda for removing tough stains. But you can also use it for eliminating bad smells.

Removing Tough Carpet Stains Using Baking Soda

It’s easy to remove tough carpet stains with baking soda. However, the method will change depending on whether the stain is greasy or not.

For Greasy Stains

  1. Vacuum: Always start with vacuuming the carpet area. If there are other dirt and debris around, you run the risk of causing even more stains.
  2. Blot: Use a rag or paper towel to blot up as much of the grease as possible. Make sure you don’t rub it or you could spread it around.
  3. Sprinkle: Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over the stain so it’s completely covered.
  4. Brush: Use a really soft brush to gently work it into the fibers. If you’re worried that you’ll be unable to get all the baking soda out later, you can skip this step.
  5. Allow it to sit: Let the baking soda sit up to eight hours, or overnight.
  6. Vacuum: In the morning, vacuum the affected area thoroughly.
  7. Dish soap: If there is still a remaining stain, it’s time to get out the dish soap. Take one drop and blot it over the stain. Increase depending on the size of the stain. Cover the area in a little water and continue blotting until everything is absorbed.
  8. Repeat if necessary: If you’re still concerned about the stain, you can cover the area in baking soda again and leave for three hours. If not, skip to step 10.
  9. Vacuum: If doing step eight, vacuum up the remaining baking soda.
  10. Blot dry: Use a cloth or rag to blot the area dry.

For Non-Greasy Stains

  1. Vacuum: Always vacuum the area first to eliminate other dust, dirt and debris.
  2. Sprinkle: Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stained area.
  3. Spritz: Spritz with some hot water until the area is slightly damp.
  4. Let it sit: Leave the mixture to sit overnight.
  5. Vacuum: In the morning, vacuum the area and the stain should be gone.

Removing Tough Carpet Smells Using Baking Soda

Whether your stain has left an odor, or your carpets just need freshening, we have a great method to try.

  1. Vacuum the carpet: Before doing any kind of carpet cleaning, make sure to vacuum the area thoroughly.
  2. Sprinkle: Sprinkle baking soda generously over the entire carpet. You’ll want to make sure everyone in the family is prepared for this. They won’t be able to access the room for many hours.
  3. Brush: Use a dry brush to work the baking soda into the carpet so it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Leave it: Now leave it for up to 24 hours, or overnight. The smellier the carpet is, the longer you should leave it.
  5. Vacuum: Afterwards, vacuum it up and enjoy an odor-free room!

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.

Spruce up your living room with bicarbonate of soda

You can clean everything from the carpets to the windows with bicarbonate of soda. Keep reading to find out how!

14. Clean dirty rugs and carpets

Dirty carpet? Baking soda can be used for carpet cleaning. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, wait at least 15 minutes then sweep as much of it as you can and vacuum as normal.

For the best results, leave the powder to settle overnight. Your carpet or rug should look brighter and smell good – a nice way to refresh your carpet naturally. Just think how much you could save instead of splashing out on expensive carpet treatments. 

15. Shine silver ornaments and fittings

Combine three parts baking soda to one part water, mix and rub onto and into your silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly then dry with a clean cloth – they’ll be sparkling!

16. Make your own version of Febreze

Get your fabrics smelling amazing with this clever hack:

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle with 3/4 hot water.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda.
  3. Shake well and allow to cool a little.
  4. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
  5. Once cooled completely, give it another shake to combine the ingredients, and then spray on clothes and soft furnishings.

17. Remove smells from a sofa

It looks brand new!
It looks brand new!

Over time your sofa may become a bit whiffy. Sprinkle some baking soda onto a dry sofa and let it sit for 10-20 minutes before hoovering or brushing off.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a useful agent for teeth whitening, but did you know that it also does an excellent job as a carpet cleaner?

If you want to know how to clean a carpet with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, it is a relatively simple process, given that you follow the steps correctly.

First, cover the stain with a generous amount of baking soda, enough to create a small mound that rises above the stained area. Next, make a solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of plain washing detergent.

Pour the peroxide solution on the soda and wait for a few moments till the mixture completely penetrates through the stain. Use a scrubbing brush to work the solution into the carpet and then allow it to dry.

Once the wet area has dried up, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the residue, leaving behind a fresh-looking carpet. Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is a sure-shot way of removing stubborn stains from your carpets.

Removing Stains with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking soda has great absorbing properties while vinegar is known for removing even the hardest stains of fabric due to its tough acetic acid. Combining the two is truly hard to beat. Here is how to create the mixture.

Tools:

  • Paper towels
  • Vacuum
  • Bucket/spray bottle

Ingredients:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Baking soda

Procedures:

  1. Blot the stain dry by using a paper towel. Just a gentle blot, don’t rub. Rubbing can only spread the stains more. Add more paper towels if needed. Make sure the spot is completely dry.
  2. Get a bucket or an empty spray bottle and mix water and vinegar together. These two should be in equal parts. So, when you use 2 cups of water, use 2 cups of vinegar as well. Soak the stained area with this solution. This will cut through stubborn stains and neutralise the smell making the dirt easy to remove.
  3. Scrub the beast stain the hard way. Carpet is composed of the thick fabric layer. You cannot remove the dirt if you just scrub it lightly. Scrub hard but not too much like causing the fibers to damage. For super bad smells and stains. Use 100% vinegar solution as vinegar alone is more powerful.
  4. This time, pour the baking soda. Do this while the area is still wet. Add a little vinegar then. Just vinegar, something not vinegar and water mixture. You will see fizzing and cackling afterwards which means the cleaning starts to work. Gently rub the baking soda deep down the carpet fibres for all-out cleanliness.
  5. Leave the baking soda on the carpet overnight. Sometimes it would take a day or two. Let it dry completely. Vacuum the baking soda right away. Your carpet will look really good after this.

Tips:

For hard to get urine or stains, you may call a professional carpet cleaner for they use extensive water extraction methods suitable for tougher stains.

Knowing how to clean carpet with vinegar and baking soda is just easy with this recipe. All you need to do is to take a small amount of vinegar and baking soda solution and pour it over the affected area of the carpet. Wait a few hours for it to dry. Do a little brushing then you are good to go.

Removing Non-Greasy Stains with Just Baking Soda

  If you’re dealing with a non-greasy stain, you should have a slightly easier time getting it up. Non-greasy stains are caused by things like tea, soda, wine, ink, and anything else that is colorful or dark, but without any oily or fatty residue. Because there’s no underlying residue in these stains, the baking soda only has to absorb the color causing the stain.

You’ll just need to use the following steps to remove your non-greasy stain with baking soda:

  1. First, sprinkle the top of the stain with the baking soda. Make sure it is completely covered and that it isn’t too thin.
  2. Next, you’ll need to wet the baking soda with cold water (never use heat because it could make the stain more difficult to remove), but don’t use too much or you could spread the stain. Using a spray bottle to mist the area is a good tactic because you just need the baking soda to be damp.
  3. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight – again, you shouldn’t rush this process because the longer you allow it to sit, the more it will be able to absorb.
  4. Finally, you should vacuum the area and check the stain.

Completing these steps should take care of most stains, but you may find that you need to repeat the process if the stain is stubborn.

Why Do So Many Experts Recommend Using Baking Soda on Carpets?

Know that the true experts do not recommended using baking soda on carpets.

Below are some thoughts we have on why baking soda is still recommended and used on carpets.

  • Ease of access: almost everyone has baking soda at home as it is a multi-purpose cleaning product
  • Baking soda is much more affordable than having your carpets professionally cleaned
  • Some people’s carpets and vacuums are very old so they may not be as concerned about the issues baking soda can cause
  • It is a natural product that you can feel safe using around kids and pets
  • Bicarbonate of soda is not irritating to the eyes or skin
  • It can neutralize bad odors

Removing Greasy Stains

If you have little kids in the house, you probably spend a lot of your time removing greasy stains from your carpets.

Greasy stains such as those from oil or face creams are challenging to clean because they leave behind very stubborn marks. However, there is no stain that a handful of baking soda can’t remove.

For a greasy stain, you first need to blot up as much of the grease as possible with the help of a paper towel. Make sure that you blot it by patting down the paper towel.

Avoid rubbing the grease because that will make the stain worse by setting it deep into the carpet. Once the blotting is done, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on the stain and let it sit overnight.

Doing the above will allow the soda to absorb as much grease as possible, which will make it easier for you to remove the stain.

Many homeowners often hesitate to use baking soda on a wet carpet, especially in the case of a wet, greasy stain. However, it is perfectly safe to use it on a damp carpet since it helps in drying.

Vacuum the stained areas properly the next morning, and in case the grease marks are still there, try blotting with soapy water and a towel.

FAQs

Can you clean a carpet with baking soda?

You should avoid cleaning carpet with baking soda. The particles will get deep in the carpet fibers and cannot be fully removed with a vacuum. In addition, baking soda could cause your vacuum’s motor to fail and in most cases voids your warranty.

How long should I leave baking soda on carpet?

You should immediately remove any baking soda that was put on your carpet.

Will baking soda damage my vacuum?

Yes! Baking soda and many other powders are not meant for vacuums. Baking soda can damage the motor and void your vacuum warranty.

How can I make my carpet smell good while vacuuming?

Spray white vinegar onto your carpet to absorb any odors. You can also use essential oils and diffuse them in the air.

Can I use baking soda in my carpet cleaner? No. Professional carpet cleaning solutions are made to remove stains effectively, so baking soda should not be mixed.

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Let us know in the comments below about your previous experiences with baking soda and whether these tips were useful in your household. 

About Maria Hernandez

About Maria Hernandez

Senior Floor Critic, 25 years of experience in residential and commercial cleaning Maria Hernandez has 25 years of experience in residential and commercial janitorial and cleaning services. From hardwood to carpet to marble floors, Maria has developed a deep expertise in cleaning and maintaining many different flooring types. Visit Website.

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