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Homemade Carpet Cleaner

Updated on January 24, 2012
Keep your carpets clean and save money by making your own carpet cleaner.
Keep your carpets clean and save money by making your own carpet cleaner. | Source

Homeowners install carpeting on their floors to have a soft, warm floor under their feet. Carpet comes in a wide range of colors, styles, patterns and materials thus allowing it to fit into any design theme. Carpeting gives a warm and inviting feel to a room and looks beautiful when it’s new and clean. Over time, high traffic, kids spills and pet messes the carpet can begin to look dirty. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner or renting a carpet steamer to clean the carpeting are both good options, but they can be expensive. Making your own carpet cleaner to spot clean or to clean the entire surface is a much more economical choice and is just as effective.

Carpet Cleaner Recipe

Add ¼ cup 20 Mule Team Borax, ¼ washing soda, ¼ cup castile soap – finely grated, 1 tablespoon ammonia and 1 quart hot water to a bucket.

Stir the mixture with a stir stick or long handled wood spoon until the castile soap dissolves.

Mix the cleaning solution with a hand mixer or stir it vigorously until you have a thick head of suds.

Using the Carpet Cleaning Solution

Scoop up only the suds from the top of the bucket on a clean, dry sponge. If you are cleaning a large area of carpeting, scoop up the suds on a sponge mop. Do not submerge the sponge or sponge mop into the water.

First attack stains. Rub the cleaning suds into the stain, beginning at the outer edge and working toward the middle. Do not rub the sponge back and forth across the stain because you may spread the stain. Continue to rub suds into the stain until it disappears. If stains remain difficult to remove, scoop up suds on a soft bristle scrub brush and brush the suds from the outer edge of the carpet stain toward the center until they are no longer visible.

Begin in the corner of the room. Rub the suds into the carpet. Clean the carpet in small, manageable 2 by 2 foot sections. Move section by section over the room until the whole carpet has been cleaned.

Whip the cleaning solution as necessary to create more suds.

Let the carpeting air dry. Feel the surface to determine if it is dry.

Vacuum the carpet to remove the carpet loosen dirt and dry suds.

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Always test a small, hidden area of the carpet to test for colorfastness before applying the cleaning solution over the entire carpet.

Spot clean the carpet before the dirt, spills and stain have a chance to set. Once stains set, they are more difficult to remove than fresh stains.


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      maxie 5 years ago

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      carpetanchorage 5 years ago from Anchorage Alaska

      ammonia is the key element to your carpet cleaning recipe, but you have to be really careful with ammonia. If breathed it in a few times and if you get too much in at once you'll be on the ground gasping for air.