Vinegar safely cleans carpets and rugs, removes odors and kills dust mites, as well as bacteria and mildew. Using vinegar will restore the look of worn and dingy rugs, is cost-effective and does not require rinsing after cleaning.
Lightly spray the bottom of the rug with full-strength white distilled vinegar to prevent mildew from forming on the floor under the rug. To restore the rug and eliminate dust mites, shake the rug outside to remove dust and other particles. Mix one cup vinegar with one gallon water, dip a clean broom into the solution, and brush the rug with the broom. Allow the rug to dry.
Remove light stains by mixing 1/4 cup vinegar with one cup water in a clean spray bottle. Spray the stain and allow it to sit for a couple minutes before blotting it up with a clean cloth. For ground-in dirt stains, use full-strength vinegar. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.