Deodorize your carpets after removing stains with vinegar
White Vinegar is one of the most popular domestic cleaning solutions due to its strong stain-removal properties and instant action. It can be used to eliminate mold, dissolve soapy residue from the bathroom surfaces, remove stains from carpets, and disinfect germs.
However, with all these fantastic benefits comes a little side effect. Vinegar, being 5% acetic acid(1), has a pungent smell that is hard to ignore. I’d be genuinely surprised if someone told me they liked the smell of vinegar.
So, how do you get rid of this smell? Here’s an easy way to deodorize vinegar odors for smell-free cleaning experience.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to remove the unpleasant odor of vinegar from the carpets.
Follow these steps soon after using vinegar to remove a stain from a carpet. The sooner you deodorize the surface, the better.
Start by blotting the area with a clean cloth. Only do this step if the carpet is still damp with vinegar. If the liquid has dried, you can move on to the next step.
By blotting the surface, you remove the excess vinegar from the carpet fibers, reducing the smell’s intensity.
Now, sprinkle baking soda onto the damp area of the carpet. Let the deodorizer sit for half an hour to an hour, depending on the extent of the smell.
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Once the baking soda has done its magic, vacuum the carpets, removing all traces of the deodorizer. If the smell persists, follow the steps again until the odor is completely gone.
If baking soda isn’t doing the trick, you can always use the good old vodka to remove the vinegary smell. Vodka can remove odors and kill bacteria living in your carpets.
It effectively removes strong odors like pet urine and vinegar. You can also use it to remove the urine smell from your cat litter. Before using vodka, do a spot test on one corner of your carpet.
If the liquid doesn’t discolor the carpet fibers, apply it to the affected area. Let it sit for up to 15 minutes and then remove the excess moisture using paper towels.
Alternatively, you can sprinkle baking soda on the vodka-soaked carpet to ensure it dries completely. Then, follow up with a thorough vacuuming session.
Since prevention is better than facing the consequences later, why not mask the smell of vinegar while you’re cleaning? When you’re making the cleaning product, you can add a deodorizer to mask the smell of acetic acid. Here’s how to do it:
Although lemon is one of the commonly used deodorizers, you can use other options too. However, make sure they’re strong enough to overcome the strong smell of vinegar. Some other deodorizers include tea tree leaves essence, rosemary oil, and eucalyptus oil.
Sure enough, vinegar can make your carpet clean as new, but it also leaves behind a nasty odor. While removing this smell, keep the following tips and warnings in mind.
If you’re worried about the potential toxicity of commercial cleaners or want to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle, consider using household items as cleaning agents.
Among all the natural cleaning solutions in your pantry, vinegar is possibly the most potent and effective option. However, it has a strong scent that lingers in the air and on the carpets after use.
In this guide, I’ve discussed a few ways to neutralize or mask the vinegar smell to keep your carpets smelling fresh. If you’ve got a stain to tend to, get the vinegar bottle out and let me know:
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