Accidents happen. When they do, a drop of dish soap, a little vinegar, and a bucket of water get out the stains.
Unfortunately, the house we live in had problems before we got here. The family who lived here before us had two large dogs who thought the hallways all had restroom signs on them. I’ve been battling carpet stains and a little bit of a sour smell since we moved in.
For hours at a time, I have battled carpet stains. The biggest problem, I think is that the previous tenants seem to have used an entire can of carpet cleaner for each spot. Perhaps they forgot to actually clean anything, too, letting copious amount of cleaner “do the work” by just soaking in.
The point being, that between neglected spots and set in chemicals, when I try to clean certain areas of the carpet, no soap is necessary: simply add a drop of water and the carpet suds starts all on its own. It’s almost something like a horror movie, but the demons haunting my house are soap bubbles.
For those areas, vinegar and water and quite a bit of time seem to work.
My sister-in-law has been selling Young Living Essential Oils. She got me some Thieves. It smells great and is perfect for fall (I think that anything autumn themed is perfect year-round, though, since everything about this season is my favorite.)
To freshen everything up after the carpet is clean, I add about 15 drops of thieves to a cup of baking soda (any essential oils will work, I just used thieves this time because I wanted to play with my new toy), let it all soak in, then sprinkle it on the carpet and let it sit overnight.