Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

A while back I went shopping for all the ingredients to make the natural homemade cleaners I have pinned on my Home Cleaning Pinterest Board.

You may remember I made the Homemade Laundry Detergent and loved it!

Well, this week I made the Capet Stain Remover and I love it too. It is by far the best carpet cleaner I have ever used. Better than Spot Shot, Woolite, Resolve. 

Before:


After:


I followed the directions from this pin.

You need:

Baking soda
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Clear Dishwashing Liquid
2 cups warm water
Spray Bottle

Directions:

1. Your first dampen the dirty spots on your carpet with water. I just spritzed them with a water bottle. And then you pour a little baking soda on the stain.



2. Let baking soda absorb for 10 minutes and then vacuum.


3. Mix one tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon white vinegar with two cups of warm water and pour into spray bottle.
4. Spray the stain and scrub with a scrub brush. This was my kids' chore for the day.



5. Then blot with a white rag until all the liquid is absorbed.

Now the only problem with this carpet stain remover was it cleaned too well.  It cleaned so well that you can tell where the stains were and where I concentrated the baking soda and the vinegar/dishwashing solution. See the really clean spots below.  Obviously my whole carpet is dirty and I need to use this homemade carpet cleaner on the entire carpet.  My carpet is 8 years old and has never been cleaned unitl now.



So I had to go back and clean the spots inbetween the original stained spots.  So that it all looks one color, so it is all clean. If you are using this homemade cleaner on an older carpet, I would feather out the baking soda and vinegar solution so that the new clean spots blend in with the areas you have not cleaned.

I think this product would work really well with a new carpet that you just spilled meatballs on. . . you could just clean that one meatball spot and the clean spot would blend in with the rest of the carpet.

I did try this homemade carpet stain remover on clothes and it did not work.  But it works beautifully on carpets. I could not be more pleased.  It is cheaper, works better, and is free of the harmful chemicals found in commercial prodcuts. 

Have you tried this homemade carpet cleaner?  Do you make your own cleaning products? What is your favorite? Do share your recipes with me.

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26 comments:

  1. That's awesome Su! Love it! -Wendy B

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  2. Hey Su-

    You mention that this didn't work on clothes for you. I thought I'd share one with you that worked for me- in particular for armpit stains! I used this on several white pieces of clothing and on a blue shirt and I was shocked at the results! I love it!

    Hope you can get use out of this!

    Check out this pin on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/221872719112276747/

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  3. This is great! We just had new carpet put in our playroom, and sure enough, there's already been spills. I'm going to keep a batch of this on hand.

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  4. I could definitely use some spot cleaning at my house. I will try this out.

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  5. What kind of clear detergent did you use? Clear Dawn?

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    1. Palmolive. . Ultra & Clear. . but I imagine any Clear Liquid Dish Detergent would work.

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  6. It's no surprise that your homemade carpet cleaner is very effective. After all, baking soda and white vinegar are proven cleaning agents. What's nice about it is you combined their cleaning forces to take away the dirt on the carpet. Perhaps you can replace the clear liquid with a lemon or lime scented concoction to freshen the smell. That way, you’d have a clean and pleasant smelling carpet.

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  8. My carpet has been spotty for years. It was embarrassing. We rented carpet cleaners and tried some carpet cleaning products from the store without success. Yesterday I tried this and it is amazing. Plus there's no chemical smells. I used Bon Ami natural dish soap. Thanks for pinning this.

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  9. This is great! I’ve used vinegar and baking soda on my carpet before, but haven’t had much luck with removing stains. I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  10. Would this work on pet stains?
    We have a foster dog who likes to pee in the house.... :\
    And I have not found anything that gets those gross spots out.

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    1. Hi Kelly-

      I do not have any 4 legged animals here. . just 5 kiddos. Worth a try. Let me know if it works for you. Thanks for stopping by.

      Su

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    2. For pet urine stains (of kids) we have always used Rubbing alcohol! Soak up wetness you can with a towel then get the giant bottle of rubbing alcohol and pour directly where urine is. DRENCH it...let it soak through...then blot us the wetness with a towel and finish air drying. The alcohol is a strong smell but will disappear after drying....it will sanitize the urine and get rid of the pee marks and dries quickly...letting it soak through will keep the urine stain/smell from "resurfacing". We have done this to carpets, beds and even a couch when I was in college and had a naughty cat. Also the alcohol doesn't leave any residue to attract more dirt to "restrain" such as cleaners with soaps do. A professional carpet cleaner had reassured my beliefs in this when they came one to clean the carpets and noticed "previous" stain spots that had resurfaced from when my husband attempted to clean them...he said all they used is a solution of very hot water and rubbing alcohol for the reasons above. Good luck, it great you have the patients to take in a foster dog and I don't have the patients for our own!

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  11. I have to tell you that I used this on my sons carpet that was very badly stained. The stains were old, set in stains. This worked wonders. I thought there was no way ANYTHING would work. I have tried other carpet cleaners, but this is the only one that has magically done the job. Thank YOU!!!

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  12. Thank you so much! Over the summer our road was resurfaced and then my carpets (brand new and no stains before that) started turning a dark grey. I cleaned it with the machine over and over. Even rinsing it with vinegar a few times with the machine. It got better, but after a few days it was back. This (so far) is a miracle! I will update after a few days and see if the stain stayed away, but so far it's gone (never was before) and I am just screaming with joy!

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  13. While browsing the internet, I bumped into this site where she solely used rubbing alcohol in removing the paint stains on her carpet. I was a bit skeptical about it, thinking how would that be possible. Accidents happen and some paint spilled over my carpet. I treated it right away with rubbing alcohol and magically, it did work! You should try it! It might work for you too! [Pete Henderson]

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  14. I tried something similar to this last night on several spots in my living room that have occurred due to kids and guests. Let's just say, like you, I am finding that now the spot areas are super clean and the rest of the carpet looks dirty..lol! So I am wondering if I spray the carpet with a vinegar solution to saturate the carpet and THEN sprinkle baking soda and let sit for 24 hours if it will make a difference. I think the living room will be OFF LIMITS tonight as I try to get my carpet clean. OH..and what I used was saturate the spot with vinegar (regular white) and once it is soaked, pour baking soda on top. Then if you have a small stain, you can cover with a plate or bowl for 24-48 hours (until it is completely dry), and then vacuum put. The baking soda will absorb the stain AND the vinegar. No soaps, no other stuff..just the two products. I am curious about the rubbing alcohol idea now, though. Might have to try that next time. Also, I wonder how this works on couch cushions? Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Rachel-

      I tried this on my couch's arm and I had the same problem. . the dirty spot became sooo clean that it was "whiter, lighter" than the rest of the couch. So them I had to do some major blending. It worked too well. But again, my couch is a good 10 years old.

      Next time, I am going to try just 2 ingredients. . no soap. . like you suggested. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Keep me posted.

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  15. I just did this to my carpet and my mouth just fell open. Its awesome!! Thank you for posting this. I have 5 dogs and it removed their stains but I could tell that the baking soda was making it surface more but once I scrubbed with my scrub brush it went away. Thank you. And to whoever posted the thing about the alcohol for pet urine. Thank you im gonna try that as well!!

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  16. This is nice. I am also doing this for the little spots. Thanks for sharing.

    carpet cleaning

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  17. I love this! I added a few drops of lemon essential oil and basil essential oil to the liquid spritz. smells nice! Works great!

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  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! this works fantastically. I may just put it in the rug shampooer and do the whole darn rug next time.

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  19. Bunch of thanks for sharing this interesting and informative post. Keep it up

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  20. It is an indisputable fact that the mixture of soda and vinegar acts as the home made stain remover and it can even be safely applied on carpets and upholstery fearlessly.

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  21. Very interesting - I've been looking at quite a few blog posts like this today as I have a particularly bad stain from a weaning baby on the carpet (my fault really!). I haven't ever done my own cleaning before, I'm not really your typcial housewife - my husband and I work quite a lot, but now I'm on my maternity leave I thought I might try a few of these ideas. I like natural, green ones best - good for baby, good for me and good for the carpets, rugs or anything else I'm cleaning. In the past, admittedly, Ive used carpet cleaner sutton coldfield professional companies, which you'll probably make fun of me for saying that's more my cup of tea :P I admire you and people like you for making this information available, I will share it on my Facebook, thank you!

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