Get old, dark stains out of your light-colored carpet once and for all. Pour, don't sprinkle, apple cider vinegar all over stain. Immediately after, drown puddle of vinegar with a mound of baking soda; it should be fizzing. Leave this for 24 hours, or until baking soda has completely absorbed the vinegar. Vacuum up the baking soda clumps; repeat if necessary. This has saved me from renting a carpet cleaner - ever!
By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, AK
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By Sheila I.04/09/2014
Can you use ordinary white vinegar instead?
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What would happen if I used baking soda and white vinager on my carpet to get out stains? Would this work or would it damage my carpet?
Candace from Houston, TX
I worked as a carpet cleaner for five years and have seen the result of vinegar/BS in the carpet, generally way too strong for a carpet. Call the pros they should give free advice. (03/30/2007)