If you have an active household, the celebrations, the pitter-patter of little feet and an animal or two can really take a toll on your clean carpets. Different types of cleaning products are needed to tackle different kinds of stains, from spilled wine and food to muddy shoes and dirty paws. But keeping a cupboard full of store-bought carpet cleaners and stain removers can quickly take a big bite out of your budget. Fear not. You very likely have products already on hand that can tackle most common types of stains from greasy chicken and chocolate to those darling dirty feet. We have some solutions that effectively remove carpet stains or pre-treat traffic areas before cleaning carpets. Using these solutions sometimes requires a little more time and patience to completely remove a stain. They may not work as fast as some store-bought products, but they do work and can save you tons of money, while keeping your carpets showroom new. Read out solutions at our sister site, Living on the Cheap.