If you clean your own carpets or have ever considered buying a machine to do it yourself, this Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution will knock your socks off! In fact, I’m certain you’ll never buy expensive machine cleaners again!
I’m very picky when it comes to my carpets and I don’t like stains. For years I bought expensive “professional” cleaners to get my carpets the cleanest (or so I thought). This simple homemade version works better and costs just pennies to make! And, there are no harsh chemicals involved!
Your carpet will be clean, soft and fluffy with no lingering smell. Just read our reader comments and make sure to leave one of your own when you see the amazing results.
Easy Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution for Machines
HOT Water (approx. 1 gallon of water)
1 Tablespoon Dawn (or other dish soap)
1 1/2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
1/4 Cup 3% Peroxide
First, fill your machine’s water reserve with HOT tap water. You’ll want this as hot as you can get it from the tap. Leave space for the other ingredients. *If you have a solution tank, just leave that empty.
Then add 1 tablespoon Dawn dish soap. Other varieties work well, but don’t use any “with bleach”. Then add the vinegar and peroxide. 3% peroxide is the type used on cuts and is found in any store in the first aid section.
Be sure to add the dish soap after the water or you’ll have a full container of soap bubbles before the water nears the top of the container. Resist the temptation to add extra soap!
Clean your floors with your machine as you normally would. You can rinse by using hot water, but I’ve found there is actually no need for rinsing. It’s truly amazing how well this simple solution works!
Need a Machine for your Cleaner?
I have two machines that work really well on my almost white carpets! The Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge is an impressive cleaner with no frills. It gets the job done and the carpets clean!
If you are serious about your carpets this Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner is another great option. I have it (and love it) and it makes my nearly white carpets look brand new after using my homemade solution.
If you have high traffic stains or stubborn spills that won’t come out of your carpet, don’t give up. This recipe took stains out of my carpet that have been there through cleanings with professional cleaners!
Check out our Homemade Spot Cleaner you can make yourself which does not require a machine. This solution is stronger and effective on pet stains, grease and stubborn dirt!
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