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DIY Thursday: homemade carpet stain remover

From dropped vegemite toast to juice spills, muddy boots to pet ‘accidents’, carpets are a magnet for grubby stains. And since we spend so much time indoors, especially in winter, it’s important to keep up with those little spots and stains before they become big ones.
 
The problem is commercial stain removers are expensive, not to mention a toxic soup.  If you’d prefer to save your cash, and your family from exposure to harmful chemicals, we’ve got the answer.
 
This super-simple DIY carpet stain remover takes just minutes to make from items you probably already have in your pantry.  It works wonders on most stains, particularly “smelly” ones – since together, vinegar, baking soda and eucalyptus oil are nature’sodour-busting power trio.
 
(Important: as all carpets react differently to different substances, make sure you do a patch test somewhere inconspicuous on yours first before using this solution on a large or prominent area)
 
Bosisto’s Magic DIY Carpet Cleaner
You’ll need:
An empty trigger spray bottle
1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid 
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon baking soda
 
Directions:
Place dishwashing liquid and eucalyptus oil in a large bowl and mix together.  Add white vinegar and warm water and mix gently until all combined.  Add baking soda, a little at a time (warning: it will fizz!).  Pour solution into a trigger spray bottle, label and use sparingly on stains as required.
 
TIP:  For particularly tough stains, separating the ingredients can work best.   Add a few drops of Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil to 1 tbsp baking soda (dry) and apply generously over the stain.  Leave overnight.  In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda then clean the area with a 1:2 solution of vinegar and warm water.
 
Carpet Stains - 5 Golden Rules
1.  Act quickly – the longer you wait, the longer a stain will “set in”.
2.  Never rub a carpet stain because it will only make it worse.  Gently dab or ‘tamp’ using paper towels (a meat tenderiser is a great ‘tamping’ tool)
3. Try to remove as much of the substance from the carpet as possible before treating the stain.
4.  For wax or chewing gum on carpets, use an ice-cube to harden then gently scrape off.  If there is any residue left, Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray is a natural solvent which can help remove it harmlessly.
5. Never “over wet” carpet while treating stains.  Wet carpets attract more dirt and can leave the area looking worse than before.