How to remove a vinegar smell from carpet

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How to remove a vinegar smell from carpet
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet before vacuuming it to remove odours. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Vinegar is a gentle, natural cleaning product that can be used for many different purposes. Using vinegar on a carpet spot usually is effective at removing the stain, but it also can leave a lingering, acidic odour. If you want to keep your carpet clean and smelling fresh, you can eliminate odours from vinegar by using another gentle household product--baking soda. Baking soda is inexpensive, and the odour removal process is quick and simple.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

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  1. 1

    Blot the area affected by the vinegar if it is still damp. Use a clean, white cloth.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle baking soda over the affected area of carpet and let it sit for about an hour.

  3. 3

    Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Reapply more baking soda and vacuum again if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • The passing of time also will help to eliminate vinegar odours. As the vinegar evaporates from the carpet, the smell will eventually fade as well.

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