Want cleaner carpets? Shaving cream and baking soda are your friends.

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If you have guests over and your rug doesn’t look fresh, there’s an easy way to spruce it up in about an hour with a few inexpensive items you probably already have around the house – no steam cleaners. ‘is necessary.

This process is affordable and easy, and all you need is shaving cream and baking soda. (You can also learn how to clean your window air conditionerand how to clean your blender.)

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How to remove stains with a squirt of shaving cream

First, your carpet probably needs a spot cleaning. A simple and inexpensive solution to get rid of carpet stains is shaving cream. Spray the stain with foam shaving cream (not the gel type) and let sit for 30 minutes.

Then wipe it with a clean cloth. This solution works on a wide range of stain types, including grease. Before tackling the stain, test an inconspicuous area of ​​your carpet to make sure it won’t cause any discoloration.

Refresh your carpet with baking soda

Next, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the carpet and let sit for 10 minutes. How liberal? You will need about one box of baking soda per 10 by 10 foot (3 by 3 meter) room.

Baking soda will absorb odors and cling to dirt particles, making them easier to remove. After the 10 minutes are up, vacuum as usual. Your carpet will be extra fresh and clean.

If you have stains on your carpet (even pet urine), we have tips to get rid of it.

Bonus tip: Get rid of pet odors

Pet odors are nearly impossible to eliminate, but there is a solution. Mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (you can use two tablespoons of peppermint extract instead). Then spray the stinky area with the solution and let it dry.

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