Commercial spot removers for carpets and rugs usually contain substances such as chlorine and/or petroleum-bas­ed solvents. Although more and more spot removers are claiming to be easy on both the environment and your health, you don't really need to spend that unnecessary money. Luckily, you can tackle many common carpet stains with a vinegar and water solution, and sometimes with just undiluted vinegar alone. To get that foaming action that many products feature, place the vinegar solution into a well-rinsed foaming soap bottle.

Crayons and Glue:  If you have children, you have undoubtedly come across gum or crayon stains in your carpet. For each of these, use undiluted vinegar. To remove crayon stains, dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the stained area.

For a dried blob of white school glue on your carpet, try using a vinegar and water solution sponged in and blotted. If the spot is stubborn, warm up the vinegar a little bit on the stove or in your microwave and sponge it in undiluted. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrape it away. Clean up any residue using the vinegar and water solution