How to Make Your Own Carpet Cleaner

Save Money, Keep Your Carpet Clean

If your home has carpet in it, then you know the struggle of keeping your carpet clean. It can be expensive to rent a carpet cleaning machine or to hire a professional company to come clean your carpets for you. Thankfully, you don’t have to rely on paying other people in order to have clean carpet because you can make your own DIY carpet cleaner at home.

There are many benefits to making your own carpet cleaner.

Save Money

If you are trying to save money, making your own carpet cleaning solution is a great option. When you make your own carpet cleaner, you only need a few ingredients and it will last longer so you don’t have to keep purchasing commercial cleaning products so frequently.

If you make your own solution, you will also save money on renting expensive carpet cleaning machines or hiring a professional company to come out to your house. If you want to shampoo all your carpets, you may still need to rent a commercial cleaning machine if you don’t own one, but you don’t have to splurge on the expensive commercial cleaning solutions that are sold in stores.

Environmentally Friendly

Creating your own carpet cleaner is more environmentally friendly than purchasing commercial cleaning solutions. When you make your own carpet cleaning solution, you know exactly what is in it. The same cannot be said about commercial cleaning products. If you want to keep your family and your pets safe from hazardous chemicals, be aware of what you are using.

Some commercial cleaning solutions may contain harsh chemicals that negatively affect those living in the home.


After a spill has occurred is not the time you want to discover you are out of carpet cleaner or stain remover. However, if you make your own carpet cleaner, you can always be sure you have some ready so you never run out. When you need carpet cleaner, you want to be able to reach in the cabinet and grab it.

You don’t want to discover that your bottle is empty and you have to go out to the store to purchase carpet cleaner. Having it already made makes cleaning up messes easier and more convenient.

How to Make Carpet Cleaner

There are many different ingredients and recipes you can use to make carpet cleaner yourself. You can create a solution for stains and a different solution to put in your carpet cleaning machine. You will want to address all of the obvious stains before using your carpet cleaning machine.

DIY Carpet Cleaner for Stains

If you have individual stains on your carpet that need more attention than the rest of the carpet, this is a great solution to use. The best part is that you probably already have these two simple ingredients on hand. For individual stains, all you need is white vinegar and baking soda.

You will not need to mix the two ingredients together, you just have to make sure you apply them to the stain in the correct order. First, pour a small amount of the vinegar on the stain. Second, sprinkle some of the baking soda on top of the vinegar. The vinegar will soak into the stain, working to soften it up. The baking soda does the lifting and the deodorizing.

Once you have sprinkled the baking soda on top of the vinegar, it will begin to bubble a little. If the stain is small, let the spot dry and then vacuum over it. If the stain is more stubborn, let the solution sit on it for at least 30 minutes and then blot the stain with a wet cloth. You may need to repeat the process a few times on more difficult stains.

DIY Carpet Cleaner for Machines

Depending on how much foot-traffic you have on your carpet, you will need to shampoo your carpets with a carpet cleaning machine occasionally. If you don’t own one, you can rent one from several different retail stores. When you rent a machine, you still have to purchase the solution that goes into the machine.

This is where it gets expensive because you may need more than one bottle of cleaner. However, you can make your own carpet cleaner with just two ingredients: vinegar and water. You will mix equal parts hot water and vinegar and pour the solution into the reservoir tank on your carpet cleaning machine. Then use your cleaning machine as instructed.

It is important to clean your carpets on a regular basis to remove all the things that get trapped deep down in the carpet fibers. Not only can you prevent the spreading of allergens and bacteria, you will also improve the appearance and smell of your home. If your carpet has stains, it will be impossible for your home to appear clean.

Your carpet traps dirt, pet hair, human hair, bacteria, dust, and anything else that gets tracked in by people or pets. Cleaning your carpets regularly will eliminate the amount of dirt and allergens that are trapped in your carpet so you can keep your home cleaner and your family healthier.

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