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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Home Made Carpet Cleaner Solution

Most of our house has hardwood floors, but some bedrooms have carpet, as does the family room and a set of stairs.  That's nice on a cold winter's morning, but notsomuch when you have mucky boys.

Enter my carpet cleaner.

Bought years ago when we lived in a house which was mostly carpeted, it has paid for itself about a million times over.  Less than three uses and I was already saving money over renting a machine!

But for a (tragically) long time I paid the RIDICULOUS price for the special carpet cleaner solution. . .assuming that there had to be some very crucial formula required to work well in the machine AND not damage carpets.

I should have known better.  Seriously.  Shame on me!

Of COURSE there is a home made carpet cleaning solution!  And it's a FRACTION of the cost of the stuff that is sold right next to the machines.  Literally only pennies!!  Here it is:

  • Hot water (as hot as it comes from the tap)
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide (3%. . .the regular stuff you find in the first aid section)
  • 1 Tablespoon Mild Dish Soap (Ivory/Dawn/etc. . .but make sure there is no BLEACH in the ingredients!)

  • Add vinegar and peroxide to tank of cleaner
  • Fill tank up with hot water from the tap
  • Add dish soap (don't do it first, or you will have lots of foamy suds, and resist the temptation to add any more than the one tablespoon!)
  • Replace tank in machine
  • Clean as per your machine's directions!
How easy and cheap is that?

Now just to figure out a home made recipe to PREVENT the muck in the first place! 


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  2. Hi there! This is wonderful!! I just used this formula on some stains from cat vomit that I had tried everything on but to no avail. I don't have a scrubber machine, so my machine was my hands; still worked great!! It took some time, but totally worth it!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

    1. I am so glad you like it! I have to say, the first time I actually tried it I was both ecstatic over how well it worked and simultaneously frustrated over how much I have spent on store bought cleaners over the years. I can't believe how expensive that stuff is! So welcome to the world of cheap and effective! :) ~Robynne

  3. Thank god!! I found a cleaner for muy carpet. Help me a lot wjth the high traffic, muy carpeta look so clean.the cleaner is so cheap and work for me.thanks for sharing.

    1. I am so glad. . .we use it ALL. THE. TIME! I can't even fathom the expense of store bought!

  4. This is perfect!! Worked as it should in my machine...Spots/Stains are history - Thank you for posting this!!!

    1. Really pleased it works well for you! We have a kind of red clay in our dirt, tracked in by the kids and dogs and cats, and it works like magic on that horrible stuff!

  5. How much hot water is added? I am wanting to use this as a spray spot cleaner.

    1. It depends on the machine, but most have a water tank that is somewhere between 3/4 and 1 gallon. For a spot cleaner, I would probably use about 3/4 of a gallon with the above ingredients.

  6. Does anyone know if a little bit of febreeze can be added to this mixture to take away from the vinegar smell?

    1. I was also wondering about that. I am going to try a tablespoon of fabric softener to see if that helps. I'll find a favorite scent and hope for the best!


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