If your carpet is starting to show a bit of wear, you might be wondering if it’s possible to clean it using a natural homemade cleaner rather than a store bought one. Cleaners purchased from the store often contain harmful ingredients and people would rather not expose their pets and family to them. In the search for a safer cleaner, many people choose to make natural cleaners at home instead. These natural homemade cleaners are just as effective at removing stains as store-bought options.

Whether you want to remove odors, treat a single spot or stain, or deep clean the room, there are several simple options to choose from.

Carpet Deodorizer

You can remove carpet odors by sprinkling your carpet with baking soda. Just sprinkle the entire carpet and let it sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum the baking soda and the odors should be removed as well. If you want to add fragrance to this natural carpet deodorizer, you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda before sprinkling. My preferences are lavender and citrus.

Stain Remover

Spot treating stains can help your carpet look better for a longer period of time. As with most stains, it’s very important that you treat the stain as soon as possible. Stains that sit on your carpet for hours, days or even months, will be much more difficult to remove. To spot treat a stain, make a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub the stain. Allow the baking soda and water mixture to dry and vacuum up.

Carpet Cleaner

If you want to clean your entire carpet, mix a cup of white vinegar and two cups of water to a spray bottle along with two teaspoons of table salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well and spray your entire carpet. You will need to continue to shake the bottle as you go to make sure that the mixture stays combined. The salt will bind the stains so they come out easier. Let your carpet dry and vacuum as normal.

As with any type of cleaner, be sure that you test the cleaning mixture in a small, out of the way area to be sure that your carpet is colorfast. Once you’ve tested the carpet, these homemade solutions are safe to use and should help remove any stains or odors trapped in your carpet.