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Do you have carpet in your home? Learn how to make two types of Homemade Carpet Cleaner, one for scrubbing and one for carpet cleaning machines. Both are made with natural, simple, and frugal ingredients.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner
If you have a toddler, pets, a husband, or basically 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 minimal carpet in the house, we tore it out and put in laminate, I’m not a fan of carpet!) We have carpet in the baby’s room, a small amount in the living room, and the main bedroom. It got dirty all the time.
Part of the problem is that my son wasn’t old enough to understand that we don’t take food all over the house yet, and I haven’t really pursued the rule since the house is so tiny, and I can easily vacuum up the crumbs anywhere in about 1 minute.
However, carpet is a little bit harder because the stains that get in it are a little harder to clean. Now that we are moved into the farmhouse, we will likely have even more carpet than we have right now (unless we tear up the old carpet, we find beautiful hardwood floors underneath!) so I’m preparing for the move with a new homemade carpet shampoo recipe.
We’ve developed a few different diy carpet cleaners that work great, and no harsh chemicals or nasty toxins are involved! The next time you get a stain in your carpet, give one of these natural carpet cleaners a try to make your own carpet cleaner that really works!
Are DIY Carpet Cleaners Any Good?
It depends on your stain. A year-old blood or juice stain might be difficult to get out (with any carpet cleaning solution, homemade or not). DIY Carpet Cleaners will work best on basic stains such as fresh stains, pet stains, and dirt.
Which Home Vacuum Cleaner is Best?
Most vacuum cleaners on the market today have the technology to get the job done. That being said, we personally have a Shark Stick vacuum because it’s easy to carry around the house and has lasted a long time.
Basic Homemade Carpet Cleaner
This carpet cleaner solution and method is one that use for hand scrubbing the carpets. This works best for small spots, pet stains, or to test an area of the carpet to see how it will react.
Ingredients in Homemade Carpet Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Cleaning Rag
Instructions for Cleaning Spots with Homemade Carpet Stain Remover
First, sprinkle a little baking soda directly onto any carpet stains. (You can also use this on rugs.)
Using a brush (any kind of brush will do, from an old hairbrush to an old toothbrush, you want to make sure it gets into the carpet fibers), brush it into the carpet slightly.
Put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray (or pour) it on top of the baking soda. Let it do its little chemical reaction, and after it bubbles up, scrub the carpet again with the brush.
Use the water and a rag to clean up most of the baking soda and any excess liquid. Using a rag is best since a paper towel will disintegrate and leave a bigger mess. Then you can run over the spot with a vacuum to remove any remaining baking soda still left.
This cleaner also removes smells from the carpet (such as from pet urine!).
**Note, please do a spot test on a small inconspicuous area of your carpet/rug first to ensure you won’t have any problems.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Machines
If you have a carpet cleaning machine or a carpet shampooer, you can use this recipe as the homemade carpet cleaning solution or homemade carpet shampoo that you add to the tank.
Ingredients in DIY Carpet Cleaner Solution
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 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 vinegar and dish soap.
Fill the container the rest of the way to the fill line with warm water and use the machine to clean up dirt, odor, and spills the same way you would use a commercial carpet shampoo.
This mixture is great because it actually does clean your carpets instead of just adding shampoo/detergents into the carpets as many of the commercial products do.
Make sure to test both of these solutions on a small carpet area first before using them on a larger spot. Do not use any drops of essential oil like lavender oil or lemon oil in your carpet cleaning solution. It’s not a good idea to add oil to your carpet.
Homemade Carpet Deodorizer
As mentioned above, you shouldn’t use essential oils in your carpet as oil could stain. Here’s an effective carpet deodorizer that you can try if you feel you need to get the carpets smelling fresh again.
Ingredients in Carpet Deodorizer
Spices (Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Peel, Dried Lavender, or Rose Petals are all good)
Mix the baking soda with your favorite herb or spice. Add to a small area of carpet first and vacuum up to make sure it’s not going to stain, and you can get it back out.
Sprinkle over the area of the carpet that you want to deodorize and vacuum up any excess baking soda and herbs with your vacuum cleaner.
How to Remove Oil or Coconut Oil from Carpet
I have a full tutorial on How to Remove Coconut Oil. Although the tutorial focuses on removing it from clothing, the same methods will still apply to your carpet.
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 comes while you have the chance!
More Homemade Cleaners
Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner– Give your bathroom a fresh clean scent and get rid of germs with this easy cleaner recipe!
Homemade Cleaning Wipes– These are similar to Lysol Wipes but they are non-toxic and work great for quick and easy cleanups!
9 DIY Recipes For Homemade Cleaners That Actually Work– So many basic cleaners can be made with just a few inexpensive, ingredients. These 9 recipes are easy to make and will make cleaning your home a much more enjoyable experience without all those chemicals.
If you have trouble keeping fabrics and soft items smelling fresh, you might also be interested in making this Homemade Fabric Softener.
If you love these Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes you will absolutely love my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. It features 130 recipes just like these that are perfect for your household!
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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This Homemade Carpet Cleaner was originally published on Little House Living in October 2013. It has been updated as of March 2023.