How to Reduce Carpet Odor

We have all been in a situation where the stench of something nasty has sunk into your clean carpet, and no matter how much you scrub the smell won't come out. You don't need a miracle to clean your carpets.

All you need is some simple household goods such as baking soda and vinegar. Here are a few simple tips that can help you get rid of that nasty carpet odor and let your house continue to smell amazing once again.

The first step is to sprinkle baking soda on the area that the smell is originating from. Brush the baking soda around with a broom to allow it to work its way down into the fibers of the carpet. Once you have done this, allow it to sit overnight.

The next day vacuum up the baking soda and check to see if the smell is gone. If the odor remains, as it often will with liquid induced smells, it's time to get out the vinegar. Vinegar has an acid that allows it to eat through the bacteria causing the smell, while still not causing any harm to the carpet.

The vinegar can be applied either with a spray bottle or blotted on with a cloth. Make sure that you use enough vinegar to allow it to do the job, but try not to saturate the entire carpet. After allowing the vinegar to sit for approximately 15 minutes, blot the area dry with a clean wash cloth.

Proceed to rinse the carpet by spraying it with water and dabbing it dry with a separate cloth. Once this is done allow the area to dry then check for any remaining odor. If done correctly these methods are able to remove almost any odor from your carpet or rugs. However, if any of the smell persists, repeat the above steps until your carpet is smelling as good as new.