Looking to sell your home?  Here are three essential household items that will help remove those tough stains before you put your house on the market.


These following cleaning alternatives can be effective yet less expensive opposed to an abundance of pricey chemical cleaning products, which may be harmful to people and the environment. If you have old stains lingering on your carpet, couch or mattress, these natural cleaning items are the perfect way for homeowners to cut costs.


All homeowners have felt the rush of anxiety that comes when a guest or pet stains the carpet, and you do not have any stain remover in your home. If your carpet is made of synthetic materials or natural fibers, vinegar is the perfect solution to remove a variety of stains. Try these different homemade vinegar carpet cleaning solutions to eliminate common stains and worries.

  • For light carpet stains: Combine 2 tablespoons salt in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.

  • For tough carpet stains: Combine 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain. Let it dry for a day, then vacuum.

For the best results, always treat stains right away. If stains are left untouched for a few days, they can become difficult to eliminate. However, with a few preventive household natural cleaning items under your belt, your carpet will be as good as new with minimal effort.

Hydrogen Peroxide.

If vinegar fails to eliminate those mystery stains, try hydrogen peroxide. Combine a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and toothpaste, apply to the stain with a soft cloth and rinse. This household item can also clean a variety of different appliances such as, the refrigerator and dishwasher. For more information on hydrogen peroxide uses click here.


Baking Soda.

Compared to all homemade carpet cleaners, baking soda is the best choice to quickly clean urine and grease stains from your carpet. Baking soda will not only remove the urine stains, but clean, sanitize and deodorize the carpet spot. To eliminate urine stains pour baking soda over the area, let dry and vacuum up remaining mixture. For grease stains, apply baking soda over area and gently scrub with brush to the affected area. Let it sit for about five hours and then vacuum up the remaining to remove the stain.