Baking soda and vinegar can be used to treat stains on a variety of materials from clothing to flooring. Clean the stained area per the manufacturer’s instructions first and then test the below solutions on a hidden area of the fabric or flooring to make sure it does not lose color or damage the material.

Treat stains as soon as possible

It is best to treat stains as soon as possible and before the fabric is washed with hot water, which can set the stain. If any residual food or liquids have not yet soaked into the fabric, use a cloth or the edge of a dull butter knife to gently remove what you can without rubbing the stain or pushing any liquid deeper into the fabric.

Lift stains on clothing, fabrics, and upholstery

For wet stains on clothing, fabrics and upholstery, sprinkle a little baking soda to soak up the remainder of the spill and gently dust off or vacuum the baking soda. Then mix equal parts water and white vinegar and blot the stain with a clean cloth until it is gone. Rinse the vinegar from the fabric and let it air dry.

Stains can be removed from leather jackets, shoes and boots by lightly rubbing a mixture of one part white vinegar and two parts linseed oil over the stain, and wiping with a clean cloth. Grease stains can be removed from suede by pouring a little white vinegar over an old toothbrush, very lightly scrubbing the stain, and then patting it dry.

Baking soda and vinegar lifts carpet and linoleum stains

To remove carpet stains from spills and pet accidents, pour white vinegar over the stain to soak and sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over the vinegar. Allow the stain to bubble as it lifts the stain and let it air dry for a few hours. Vacuum the baking soda residue and repeat the process if the stain was not fully lifted. If the baking soda gets caked on, you can scrub it gently with a brush before vacuuming.

Stains on linoleum floors can be treated by covering them with white vinegar and sprinkling with baking soda. Scrub the area with a brush or sponge and let it sit. Newer stains need as little as 15 minutes to soak, while older stains may need a few hours. Rinse the area with clean water and dry with a cloth or mop.

Additional uses

To remove chewing gum, warm a small amount of white vinegar to pour over the gum. Let it sit for a few minutes before removing and repeat as necessary.

Dipping silver onto aluminum foil with baking soda and water removes tarnish without being abrasive.