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Homemade Recipes for Carpet Shampoo
Hiring a professional to clean your carpets can be expensive. Many
people own carpet shampooers and they are able to clean their
carpets more frequently than those who have to hire someone to do
the job. The manufacturers of carpet cleaning machines recommend
using only their products to clean your floors, and they often
charge more than $10 per bottle of carpet shampoo so it isn’t
surprising they suggest that you use their products.
Homemade recipes for carpet shampoo can save money
while helping you to keep your floors clean. As with commercial
carpet shampoos you should test a small inconspicuous area first
to make sure you aren’t going to stain or damage the carpet -
this is very important! Different carpets are made with varying
materials and cleaning solutions work differently on each kind
of carpet fiber. There are many different recipes for homemade
carpet shampoo and various cleaning tips using household items
instead of shampoo. Some recipes work better on one type of
stain than another.
When your carpet does get
soiled it is important to remove as much of the matter
immediately. For wet messes you should blot the carpet dry with
paper towelling as soon as possible. Dry messes should be picked
up and swept or vacuumed up immediately. Once you have picked up
the mess as much as possible you can use one of the following
Homemade Recipes for Carpet Shampoo
- General Recipes
- Club soda will work for many stains, after blotting
the stain soak with club soda and blot until the stain
- A mixture of one part borax and two parts baking
soda or corn starch can be used to clean up messes in
carpets. After cleaning the mess with paper toweling as
well as you can, sprinkle the borax mixture liberally
and rub in to remove stains and odors. Allow to stand
for an hour then vacuum clean.
- For use in carpet cleaning machines a mixture of
liquid soap (castile soap, dish soap, or laundry soap
all will work) and vinegar. Use one tablespoon each of
vinegar and liquid soap for each quart of water. This
can also be put in a spray bottle to be applied directly
to the carpet.
- A mixture of one part liquid laundry soap
(non-bleach type) and one part liquid fabric softener
and six parts water can be used to clean and deodorize
carpets. This can be put in a spray bottle and applied
directly to the carpet or you can use this in your
carpet cleaning machine.
- Ink Stains
- As soon as you notice an ink stain you should
attempt to blot up excess ink without smearing it into
the rest of the carpet. Cream of Tartar and lemon juice
will remove ink. First sprinkle cream of tartar onto the
ink stain then add a couple drops of lemon juice and rub
gently, taking care not to smear the stain into the rest
of the carpet. Once the stain disappears vacuum the
excess cream of tartar.
- Isopropyl alcohol can remove ink stains. Use in a
well ventilated area. Pour the alcohol onto the stain
and gently blot until the ink disappears. Take care not
to smear the ink into other areas of the carpet while
removing the original stain.
- Cold water works best on blood stains,
especially if you can treat the stain immediately.
Club soda works well also.
Hydrogen peroxide will
remove blood stains from your carpet and from
clothing. You can pour peroxide directly on the
stain and it will bubble up and disappear. Rinse
well with clear water.
- Grease/Oily Stains
- Baking soda or corn starch can remove
grease/oily stains. First remove as much of the oil
(use paper towels and throw them away if possible)
then sprinkle either baking soda or corn starch
liberally over the soiled area. Rub in and leave
overnight to give enough time for the oils to be
absorbed. Vacuum the residue the next day.
- Pet Stains/Odors
- First, clean up the soiled area and remove any
solids, blot up excess moisture with paper toweling.
Wash stain with liquid dish soap and rinse with a
solution of one part vinegar to eight parts warm water.
Blot with towels or paper toweling. To remove excess
moisture cover with towels or paper towels and weigh
down the towels with something heavy (a book with a
brick or a pair of shoes on top of it works well). After
four to six hours the excess moisture should be gone,
uncover and allow to air dry.
- A mixture of vinegar and liquid soap (dish or laundry
both work well) can be used as carpet shampoo to remove pet
odor from your carpet. Mix one part vinegar to six parts
liquid soap. This can be used in a carpet cleaning machine
to clean and remove pet odors from your carpet.
- First remove as much of the vomit as you can with
paper towels. Use the same liquid soap/vinegar mixture
as you would for pet stains to clean the area.
- Baking soda can also be used to clean vomit from
carpet. First clean what you can with paper toweling or
rags. Then sprinkle with baking soda liberally. Rub in
and allow the baking soda to stand for an hour to soak
up odors then vacuum clean.
- A mixture of one part borax to two parts corn starch
or baking soda can be used the same way as the baking
soda method above.
- Red Wine
- Baking soda or corn starch can remove red wine from
your carpet. Sprinkle either baking soda or corn starch
on the area after blotting the excess moisture up. Rub
in the baking soda or corn starch then vacuum.
- Colored Punch
- Immediately blot the area with paper toweling to
remove excess punch. After blotting with paper towelling,
soak the spot with club soda and blot until the stain is
gone. Press excess moisture out by placing a towel or
paper towels on the area and covering with something
heavy for an hour to four hours then remove the towel
and allow to air dry.
- Borax can be used, as well as the borax and corn
starch/baking soda mixture for this type of stain too.
- Sprinkle salt in areas of the carpet that have been
soiled with soot (usually around a fireplace) . Allow
salt to sit for 15 or more minutes then vacuum.
- Odor neutralizers
- Baking soda can be sprinkled on the carpet and left
for 30 minutes to absorb any odor then vacuumed
- If you want to add essential oils to baking soda you can
make your own powdered carpet freshener. You should use the
type and amount of fragrance you like best; 20-30 drops of
essential oils to 4 cups baking soda is a good place to
- A mixture of two parts corn meal to one part borax
will remove odors. Let this mixture sit on the carpet
for an hour then vacuum to remove odors.
It is possible to damage your carpet
when using homemade recipes for carpet shampoo - so you should
always treat a very small inconspicuous area to test any
treatment before using on the whole carpet.