Carpet cleaning can be a tricky and messy task, especially when it comes to cleaning everyday stains.

But you can’t always afford to hire a carpet cleaning professional or run to the store for that branded carpet cleaning solution you saw in the commercials the other day, can you?

So the only other option you have left is homemade cleaning solutions. Sounds good?

You’d be happy to know that the solution to all your carpet cleaning problems lies in your home.

We’re talking about vinegar – the magical liquid cleanser with myriad uses.

You might wonder, why use vinegar for carpet cleaning?

Well, that’s because it is eco-friendly, pocket-friendly, child-friendly, pet-friendly, and also readily available.

Vinegar sure is an effective solution, but using it in combination with other readily available solutions makes it an even more effective carpet cleaning tool.

We’re bringing to you the best carpet cleaning DIYs with vinegar

4 Effective Vinegar Combinations for DIY Carpet Cleaning

1. Carpet Cleaning with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is a chemical compound that is easily soluble in water.

This in turn makes it an easy-to-use cleaning solution.

Baking soda combined with vinegar makes one of the best solutions for carpet cleaning.


  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Brush / cloth

Before going ahead with this or any DIY, ensure that you first run a test on a small patch of your carpet. Lookout for any discoloration or changes in texture on using certain chemicals by waiting for at least 24 hours to estimate the correct result. 

5 Steps to Prepare the Mixture

  1. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to 1 liter of warm water and allow it to settle in a spray bottle.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda evenly on your entire carpet surface.
  3. Let the baking soda sit on your carpet for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming.
  4. Spray the solution of vinegar onto your carpet and allow the vinegar to react with the soda for 30 minutes.
  5. Finally, clean the carpet off with a brush or cloth to ensure your carpet is completely dry.

2. Combining Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and a disinfectant due to which it is widely used in carpet cleaning solutions.

This chemical compound is inexpensive and when mixed with vinegar, works wonders on stained carpets.


  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towel / clean cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner

5 Steps to Prepare the Mixture

  1. Pour some concentrated hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and concentrated vinegar in another.
  2. First start by spraying vinegar on the affected areas of your carpet, followed by peroxide. Ensure that you spray each of these solutions immediately after the other to see effective results.
  3. Allow the two solutions to settle into your carpet.
  4. Without rubbing off the stains, blot them using a paper towel or clean cloth. Do not rub the stain, as that will cause it to set deeper in the carpet. Blot the stain with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  5. Vacuum the area dry to remove the remaining moisture off your carpet.

3. Perfect Spot Stain Combo of Vinegar and Salt

Salt is a great ingredient that helps absorb liquid and dirt in no time.

Adding vinegar to salt makes removing fresh stains of fruits and other liquids an effortless task.

This is by far is the most eco-friendly carpet cleaning solution, and you must give it a shot.


  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Clear essential oil
  • Spray bottle

6 Steps to Prepare the Mixture

  1. Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar and some water to a spray bottle.
  2. Further add 1 teaspoon of salt to the spray bottle and shake the mixture.
  3. Add eight to 10 drops of essential oil to this mixture (use colorless oils, as colored ones may worsen the stains on your carpet instead of reducing them).
  4. Spray this solution onto fresh stains and blot it, do not rub. For older stains, you can first vacuum the area of your carpet and then use this on the stain for it to be more effective.
  5. Saturate the stain with the cleaner and leave it on until it dries.
  6. Finally vacuum the treated area of your carpet to see the best results.

4. Mixing Vinegar and Detergent

Dish washing liquid is great for spot removal and overall cleaning of your carpet.

Vinegar is an acid and baking soda a base, and these two react giving rise to carbon dioxide.

This results in a bubble solution, lots of bubbles.

The bubbles combined with detergent makes for the most effective cleaner for removing tough stains and soil from your carpet.


  • Dish washing liquid
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean absorbent towel
  • Clean sponge

5 Steps to Prepare the Mixture 

  1. Add the mixture of vinegar and baking soda to a spray bottle.
  2. Add dish washing liquid to this mixture further topping it with warm water.
  3. Vacuum the affected area and wipe the area gently with the abrasive side of a sponge.
  4. Spray the mixture onto the affected area, followed by dabbing it with a clean cloth.
  5. Continue dabbing until the area is completely dry and the stain completely removed.

Your carpet should look clean, get deodorized and stay germ-free by these cost-effective DIY carpet cleaning solutions with vinegar.

We’d always recommend treating your carpets with professional carpet cleaning and spot stain removal treatments every six months to once a year for a healthier home.

If you’re struggling with cleaning up your own mess or just don’t have enough time to tend to your carpets, you can always Contact Dri-Masters.

We have been in the business since 1992 and provide services for carpet cleaning in Rockville and neighboring cities.

Let your carpet mishaps be our mess to clean!