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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:

Ingredients:
  • 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!)

Method:
  • 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! 

73 comments:

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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!! :)

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    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

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  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.

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

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

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    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!

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

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    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.

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

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    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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