Five Eco-Friendly Stain Removal Tips for Carpeting

Today Ben Clark is taking over the blog to give you five eco-friendly spot removal tips. I would definitely recommend trying out these options before breaking out the harsh chemical strain removers. 

Hi, my name is Ben Clark. I am the owner of the world’s greatest company (at least I think so). I own Kern Carpet Cleaning. Additionally, I am a dad. This means that I am either cleaning up messes at work or I am cleaning up messes at home.

I think we can all agree that we envy our kids’ limitless-supply of energy. However that same energy often results in spills, stains and food covered floors. Today, I am going to talk about five eco-friendly carpet cleaning secrets. These tricks will show you how to use common household items to clean stains out of your carpet.

1. Baking Soda

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Let’s start with one of my favorites:  Baking Soda. Most of you grew up with this in your spice cabinet. Personally, my mom kept Baking Soda in the refrigerator, but that is beside the point. This pasty powder can be used to remove some of your toughest stains.

Start by mixing baking soda and water together until you form a thick paste.  Massage the paste into your carpet and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. After the paste has had time to soak into your carpet, use a tooth-brush to scrub the stain.  This will work on most stains.

2. Cornmeal

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If you are anything like me, you won’t use this method. I happen to LOVE corn muffins, so naturally, I wouldn’t dream of pouring cornmeal all over my carpet. However, for those of you who are less-attached to the worlds most delicious muffin, this will work wonders on carpet stains. This can even remove grease stains.

Use cornmeal by simply pouring all over a grease stain. Let the meal sit for 30 minutes. Next, vacuum up the mixture and scrub out any remaining stains with soap and water.

3. Table Salt

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Salt is similar to corn meal as in it absorbed stains. This works best for liquid stains like spilled juices. Soon after your child spills their fruit punch on your white carpet,  pour salt over the stain.Wait 15-30 minutes to let the salt absorb most of the stain, after which you can vacuum up the salt particles.

If you are able to see remaining of the stain, you can repeat this two or three times. Lastly, you can use soap and water to scrub-out any remaining spots.

4. Vinegar

Vinegar is admittedly pungent, but ironically it works miracles on smelly carpets. If you have a stain that smells (like urine), pour vinegar over it.

I recommend you pour a healthy dose on your stain and let it sit in your carpet for 20 minutes. After the vinegar has had enough time to interact with your stain, soak up the vinegar with dry towels.

Lastly, wait until your floor is 100% dry and use a vacuum to suck up the particles that will have formed on top of your carpet. This will remove most smelly stains. There are some, like cat urine, that will need something specially created to fight off cat urine bacteria.

5. Blot and Keep it clean

Remember that stains are typically not set as soon as they touch your carpet. More often, they are set when people mishandled them. The first thing you should do to a stain is blot it with a dry towel. Try to remove as much liquid as possible from your carpet without pressing the stain deeper into your floor.

Secondly, use dye-free, unscented soap and warm water. This is not only eco-friendly but it is also better of your carpets. You don’t want to a colored soap into your stain because that will make it harder to remove. An unscented bar of soap can be used to remove basic stains out of your carpet.

I hope these tips will help you keep your house stain free.


Ben Clark

 Leave a comment below if you know of any eco-friendly carpet cleaning tricks.  

Spring Cleaning without the Toxic Chemicals – Cleaning with 3 Non-Toxic Household Items

It’s that time of year again… yes, yes, time for spring cleaning.  Open the windows, pull out the rugs and get to scrubbing. But don’t suffocate yourself with harsh chemicals found in standard cleaning products! Here are my top three favorite non-toxic cleaning items that you likely already have around the house.

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Vinegar.  Plain ol’ white distilled vinegar found for a couple bucks at the grocery store works wonders. It might smell at first but that odor will quickly dissipate. Due to the level of acidity, it is amazing at killing all sorts of germs and mold.

I use it every time I wash laundry. I pour a bit of vinegar not only directly on my clothes but also in the fabric softener cartridge. Vinegar helps take the smell out of clothing and also removes residue from soap that may build up in the fabric over time.  Running your dishwasher through a cycle with vinegar in the cartridge will also remove soap scum and build up – I do it about every six weeks or so.

I wipe down my counters with vinegar and any other surfaces need disinfecting. I leave a cup out to eat up smells in my laundry room that sometimes occur if it gets too damp in the laundry room. I also use a cup of vinegar to attract fruit flies if they happen to find their way into my kitchen.

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Baking soda. I LOVE this little miracle worker. I used to use Comet for every tough stain on my counter that wouldn’t wash off with soap and water but now I just pull out the baking soda. It’s almost magical how amazing it is at removing all sorts of stains (including red wine). It is also great at removing the stickiness that price tags leave on frames and other items.

Baking soda is also a phenomenal odor eater.  If my garbage gets smelly, I’ll wash it out and sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom to keep it fresh.

For a deep cleaning, instead of using 409 or similar counter cleaners, I wipe down the counter with water, sprinkle baking soda on it and scrub it well, then wipe off the baking soda again with warm water.


Lemon. Lemon juice is very acidic which makes it great for cleaning with and a huge perk is that it smells very fresh!  It cuts through soap scum on bathroom hardware and shower doors and shines the metal. On my shower doors I like to cut a lemon in half, dip it into baking soda and scrub the door with the lemon. I let that sit for about five minutes and wash it off with a sponge. You won’t believe how well it works!

If you happen to use a microwave, cut a lemon in half and put it in a small bowl of water. Cook the lemon for 5 minutes on max power.  The lemon and water get the inside of the microwave all steamy which makes it so effortless to clean. Just wipe out the inside and you’ll be done in a snap.

Vinegar, baking soda and lemon are not only very economical on your pocketbook, but eco –friendly and non-toxic!

Take care, Stephanie


What are some of your natural cleaning tips?

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