Our house doesn't have a lot of carpet. In fact, it is all hardwood floors except for our spare bedroom. Last week I was working on cleaning up and organizing our spare bedroom, and I found this stain underneath a basket full of craft supplies:
No one knows what it is or where it came from. It wasn't there when I put the basket there a year or two ago, and all that was in the basket is yarn. So anyway, I thought I remembered seeing a pin on Pinterest about removing carpet stains. Sure enough, I was right. I followed this link to find an easy recipe for a miracle carpet cleaner using things that most everyone already has in their house.
All you need is a small bowl/container, hydrogen peroxide, blue Dawn dish detergent, and an old toothbrush or other scrub brush.
I poured a little bit of peroxide into a bowl, and then squirted some Dawn in. I used an old toothbrush to mix it up, and then I started scrubbing at the stain. It didn't even take much scrubbing; the stain came out almost instantly. I scrubbed for an extra long time just to make sure I got it good and clean. Then I took a rag and some hot water and washed the soap out of the carpet. Here is what it looks like now:
Not too shabby, huh? So remember this for the future: Don't spend money on rug shampoos or for professional carpet cleaning when you can get stains out so easily (and cheaply) by yourself.