If you’re like most homeowners, your carpets could use a little love. And, if you’re also like most homeowners, you know that having your carpets professionally cleaned can be a little pricey. The good new is, lifestyle blogger and HomeAdvisor contributor, Michelle Hinckley has a few wallet-friendly tips to give your carpets a new lease on life.

Get out the vacuum: Several passes with a vacuum will do wonders for most carpets. While vacuuming won’t tackle stains or liquid damage, it will root out discoloration-causing dirt and grime (especially in lighter carpets).

Upgrade your cleaning products: Generic cleaners are perfect for emergencies or small touch ups. But for tougher, deep-rooted stains, use a professional-grade cleaner. Professional cleaners tackle pesky stains that generic cleaners won’t touch, and they do it without damaging your carpets.

Brew a homemade cleaner: Mix together baking soda, cloves, rosemary and cinnamon for a sweet-smelling solution that will neutralize your carpet’s unpleasant smells. While this blend may sound like the makings of a magic potion, the only thing mysteriously disappearing will be the odors from your carpet.

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  1. Paulina, October 21:

    Hi, the previous owners had pets so I definitely need to freshen up the carpets to get rid of the smell. How would you apply your home brew potion?

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