DIY Carpet Cleaning Recipes
Is your carpet looking a little down and out? Kids, pets, and day to day use can really wear carpets down, leaving unsightly stains and odor. If you want to freshen up your carpet, remove stains, and banish odor, take a look below at these 5 best DIY Carpet cleaning recipes. You will find that treating your own carpets is a great way to get the job done with less money and using less chemicals.
1. Machine Cleaning Solution #1
This solution is meant for your carpet cleaning machines in place of the over the counter solution. Since the container size of machines will vary, we are showing you this recipe in parts instead of actual measurements.
1/2 part of white vinegar
1/2 part of warm water
5-7 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients in a bottle and pour into the machine compartment. Clean your carpets using the machine as you typically would. The vinegar will clean and deodorize, while the essential oil with freshen and disinfect the carpet.
2. Machine Cleaning Solution #2
Like the recipe above, this solution is intended for your carpet cleaning machines. You can make a batch of this up anytime you need some quick carpet cleaning done.
½ gallon of hot water
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
½ tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
2 tablespoons of 3% peroxide
Combine ingredients and mix well. Put the mixture into the compartment as directed and clean as usual.
3. Spot Treatment
Do you have a small spot or stain that needs to be treated? A batch of this spot treatment will do the trick. It is perfect for loosening up stains prior to steaming as well. It can handle pet stains especially and is great for removing the odor.
1 cup clear ammonia
½ gallon hot water
1-3 drops essential oil of your choice
Combine the ingredients and apply with a cloth (never spray the solution onto the fabric) and blot. You can rinse with warm water when done and soak up with a soft cloth.
4. Carpet Degreaser
Did you spill an oil-based product on your carpet? Then give this recipe for carpet degreaser a try. It will help soak up the oil and allow you to treat the carpet further.
½ cup of cornstarch
1 tablespoon hot water
1-2 drops of essential oil of your choice
Make a paste from the ingredients. Spread the paste over the stain and let it sit until dry. This might take several hours. When it dries a powder will form which you can then vacuum up, taking the stain along with it.
5. Carpet Deodorizer
When your carpet is nice and clean, you can now treat it for any underlying odor.
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup of borax
10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
Mix the ingredients well and sprinkle liberally onto your carpet. A sugar shaker is perfect for getting this job done! Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum up. It will absorb any odor, freshen the space, and get the carpet looking great!