Remove Stains with Balsamic Vinegar

With many stain removal products containing chemicals, it can be hard to find natural products that are effective at removing stains and cleaning fabric or carpet. Vinegar can be used as a cleaning agent, provided you select the correct one. Balsamic vinegar is typically a poor choice because of the deep, rich colour. White balsamic vinegar has the cleaning ability of vinegar, a less potent odour and no colour to worsen the stain.

Combine 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar.

Wet a clean, white cloth and carefully pat the stain. Blot the area with a paper towel to absorb any liquid.

Pat the stain and blot the excess liquid until the stain disappears.

Soak up as much as possible if the stain is still wet, using paper towels.

Combine 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish detergent.

Pat the stain with a clean, white cloth dipped in the vinegar and dish detergent solution. Soak up the excess water solution with a dry towel as you go. Repeat the process until the stain disappears.

Apply cold water with a sponge to rinse the area and blot it with a towel until it is dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean, white cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Dish detergent
  • Dry towel
  • Sponge
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