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DS emptied the water cooler in our kitchen a couple weeks ago and it went onto the playroom carpet. the carpet smells a little now.it;'s not too bad but a little musty like.the thing is the carpet is practically brand new! what can I do to get the smell out naturally? should I worry about mold? it's pretty dry here but the smell has me wondering.
 

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check to make sure it is colorfast on your carpet first, but you can spray the carpet down a bit to make it damp, and brush some borax into the fibers, let dry and vacuum up. The problem with carpet is that you may have some moisture in the pad underneath, and that can't be fixed from what i know. good luck
 

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A spray bottle of white vinegar sprayed to the musty area should help kill mildew and any odors. Like Tiffany said, make sure it doesn't affect your carpet ( I have cheap apartment carpet and it doesn't do anything to it, so I use it all the time to deskunk pet accidents). If you want to saturate the area with vinegar, that's good too. You can use a towel to soak up the excess and it'll make sure all the stuff from your carpet and padding are soaked up (including whatever mess is there).<br><br>
After it's all dry, sprinkle baking soda on the area (it's the main ingredient in Carpet Fresh and other carpet deodorizers), smush it in a little with your foot or shoe or something, wait as long as you can (1 day is good), and vacuum it up.<br><br>
I hear borax is awesome at cleaning. I personally don't bring any in the house because I have a dog in the house, who walks everywhere and sometimes licks random stuff on surfaces. Borax and washing soda are more caustic cousins of baking soda (higher pH - highly basic) and are harmful if swallowed and can be irritating to skin. Baking soda is food grade and only has a pH of 8.0 (water is 7.0, neutral), so I use that. Of course, the stronger something is, the better it cleans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I use my carpet cleaning machine filled with hot water and a few drops of lavender essential oil for basic everyday odors. For stronger/nastier odors (like cat pee) I use vinegar and hot water in the machine.
 
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