Homemade Carpet Cleaner
If you have a toddler, or pets, or a husband, or ANYONE living in your house, the carpet is bound to get a stain at some point. For some reason I forgot this when we moved into the rv. (We had very little carpet in the house, we tore it out and put in laminate, I'm not a fan of carpet!) We have carpet in the 2nd room (baby's room), a small amount in the living room, and in the main bedroom. It gets dirty. All the time.
See, my son isn't old enough yet to understand that we don't take food all over the house and I haven't really pursued the rule since the house is so tiny I can easily vacuum up the crumbs anywhere in about 1 minute, but with stains that get in the carpet it gets a little harder to clean. Now that we are moving into the farmhouse we will likely have more carpet than we have right now (unless when we tear up the old carpet we find beautiful hardwood floors underneath!) so I'm preparing for that time with some new homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes.
We've come up with a few different solutions that work great, no chemicals or nasty toxins involved! The next time you get a stain in your carpet you might want to try one of these solutions first.
Basic Homemade Carpet Cleaner
What You Need:
- Baking Soda
First, sprinkle a little baking soda directly into the stain on the carpet, brush it into the carpet slightly with the brush (any kind of brush will do from an old hair brush to an old toothbrush, you just want to make sure it gets into the carpet fibers). Put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray (or just pour) it on the top of the baking soda. Let it do its little chemical reaction and then scrub the carpet again with the brush. Use the water and a rag to clean up the baking soda as well as you can and then run over the spot with a vacuum. This cleaner also works well to remove smells from the carpet (such as from pet stains!).
Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Machine
What You Need:
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tablespoon dish soap (preferably with no dye in it if your carpet is light colored)
- warm water
In the bottom of your carpet cleaner machine, add the vinegar, peroxide, and dish soap. Fill the container the rest of the way to the fill line with warm water and use the same as you would any commercial carpet shampoo. This recipe is great because it actually does clean your carpets instead of adding shampoo into the carpets like many of the commercial products do.
Make sure to test both of these solutions on a small area of carpet first before using them on a larger spot.
Are you fall cleaning right now? Here's a FREE Printable Fall Cleaning Checklist to keep you on track. Make sure you get everything cleaned and freshened before winter while you have the chance!
And here's another great easy cleaning recipe to try for Homemade Cleaning Wipes. These are similar to Lysol Wipes but they are non-toxic and work great for quick and easy cleanups!
Have you ever made your own homemade carpet cleaner or homemade carpet cleaner for machines? Did it work out for you? What's your recipe?
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