By Sis from Lower AL
Vinegar will work but you might need to spray it a few times for a few days. Do not over saturate unless it's just a small spot or you'll end up with a whole new set of problems. If it's just a spot here or there what islandsage suggests is the way to go.
It also helps to place small bowls with vinegar around the room because that helps remove odors too.
I put half white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of dish detergent. I spray and over-soak the area where the 'aroma' is emitting... in about 10-20 minutes I take a rag, soaked with water, and rub rub rub the area and keep the rag really wet. Keep rubbing, and then put paper towels lightly over the wet area, and let dry completely. At least one day! The paper towels are to protect the wet spot, and keep people from walking on the spot, and pets off the strange smelling area. In two days, no more smell. If, per chance, it still smells, redo the process. It works. White vinegar is the best!
We just moved into a new home, with new carpet! Now the dogs are having accidents (or are they?) on the carpet. How do I get the smell out of the carpet without spending a fortune?
By heymom from Moose Lake, MN
Use diluted white vinegar in place of carpet cleaning solution in your carpet cleaner. My daughter moved into a home with really disgusting carpets and being on a budget she decided to try this method. Worked better than any commercial cleaner she had tried previously.
How do I get rid of carpet odors?
Carol from Davis, CA
Borateem and water are great for almost any cleaning project. So are baking soda and water. Try them in a steam cleaner (rented) instead of the real expensive soaps you can get with the rental. After they dry the carpet may feel a little stiff but a good vacuum will fix that.
Are you sure its the carpets? Does your furniture or drapes need cleaning? if you have recently moved in you may be inheiriting someone elses cigarrete smoke or incense smoke on your walls. Wash them down with Murphy's Oil soap for wood, baking soda and water for paint or use a well wrung cloth for wallpaper. Good luck. (07/11/2006)
By Carla Bledsoe
One of my cats did a few Number 2's on the carpet in my bedroom. I explained to him that this behavior is unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and he is to go outside to do his business. He has been very good since, but I cannot get rid of the terrible smell.
I have tried white vinegar, but it still stinks to high heaven every time the room has been closed for some time. Will it help to put charcoal in the room for a few hours and close everything up? Any other help will be appreciated. Thank you. Kind regards.
Willem from Republic of South Africa
I use it in the bottom of my trash cans, also in laundry to freshen a load. It's stronger than baking soda. It's also good to repel pests if you have a problem with them, just put a little line of the white powder under your cabinets. The bugs won't cross the line. It's toxic to them. (03/19/2007)
By Debbie from SC USA
What can I use or make to remove the odor from my daughter's bedroom carpet? Not the entire room just the area where she gets into bed and sits.
By Carol from Castro Balley, CA
I use this on the carpet, in the air, as perfume on my clothes, on wet laundry before going into the dryer, to freshen the laundry waiting to be washed and also in the bathroom. I also found that Palmolive Bleach Alternative dish detergent works. Add five or six squirts into a load of laundry or more. Can get stains out of laundry better than detergent meant for the laundry.
I don't like laundry detergent, because it upsets my skin on my hands. So I use Palmolive Bleach Alternative dish soap and it is cheaper too, and I put in in my soap dispensers all around the house, diluted with water.
Anyway I have heard of using apple cider vinegar as a spray for the carpet. I haven't tried it yet. (08/08/2009)
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