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, or pets, or 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 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 baby’s room, a small amount in the living room, and in the main bedroom. It gets dirty all the time.
Part of the problem is that my son isn’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 of the stains that get in it are a little harder to clean. Now that we are moving into the farmhouse we will likely have even 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 the move with some new homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes.
We’ve come up with a few different solutions that work great and there are no chemicals or nasty toxins involved! The next time you get a stain in your carpet, give one of these solutions a try!
Basic Homemade Carpet Cleaner
What You Need:
- Baking Soda
First, sprinkle a little baking soda directly onto the stain on the carpet. Using a 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) brush it into the carpet slightly. 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 after it bubbles up then scrub the carpet again with the brush.
Use the water and a rag to clean up the majority of the baking soda. Then you can run over the spot with a vacuum to get any remaining baking soda out. This cleaner also works well to remove smells from the carpet (such as from pet stains!).
Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Machines
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 machine the way you would use with a commercial carpet shampoo.
This recipe is great because it actually does clean your carpets instead of just 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.
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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?
This Homemade Carpet Cleaner was originally published on Little House Living in October 2013. It has been updated as of October 2019.