When it comes to carpet cleaning, we like to suggest that you hire a professional, but we also understand that there are times when you want to do it yourself.
Whether you are in a rush or are a hardcore do it yourself, you might find yourself in need of a good homemade carpet cleaning solution. Spills, kids and pets happen. Sometimes even a broken pipe or overflowing toilet. So what can you do?
Here are a few of the best…
Dish Detergent Solution
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You can make a great spot cleaning solution with some basic dish detergent.
Add one tablespoon of regular mild dishwashing soap to a quart of water.
Mist the solution on your carpet and then rinse it with your carpet shampooer or blot it with a clean white towel.
DO NOT use laundry detergent or hand soap.
I see a lot of homemade cleaning solution recipes on the internet that say to use laundry detergent but this can damage your carpet.
It is simply too strong to use for carpet cleaning. Hand soap contains lotion which could leave an oily residue on carpet.
Vinegar Cleaning Solution
Mix one part white distilled vinegar and two parts water.
Add the solution to your cleaning machine or spray it on to your carpet using a trigger sprayer or small garden sprayer.
If using a cleaning machine to apply the solution, simply rinse your carpet.
If using a separate sprayer, spray the solution on the carpet, let it dwell a moment and rinse or blot with a clean towel.
This solution is particularly good on pet stains and things like coffee and tea.
If using a cleaning machine, rinse the solution out of your machine when done.
The acidic nature of vinegar can dry the seals in the machine over time.
A little bit of everything here makes a good mixture.
Add 1/4 cup of household ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar and a tablespoon of a mild dish soap to two gallons of water.
Fill your carpet cleaning machine with the solution and clean away.
When using ammonia, always test a hidden part of your carpet first and be sure to provide for adequate ventilation.
NEVER mix bleach with ammonia or you will get a deadly chlorine gas.
Yes, you read that right. One of the best and definitely simplest carpet cleaning solutions is plain water.
Get the hottest water that you can and rinse away.
It won’t leave a residue and it will help remove any soaps and detergents left in your carpet from previously cleaning and spotting attempts.
Professional Carpet Cleaning Solution
Okay, it is not exactly homemade, but if you are going to clean your carpet more than once, why not invest in a professional quality carpet cleaning solution.
A bottle of professional pre-spray will cost you about the same money as a bottle of the stuff Bissell wants to sell you but it will last WAY longer.
Most professional cleaning solutions are made to be diluted heavily so one gallon of professional cleaner will yield you around 32 gallons of ready to use cleaner, on average.
What you should NOT use on your carpet.
A quick search on the internet for “homemade carpet cleaning solutions” and I get some recipes that make me cringe.
Some people swear by some crazy things and maybe their recipes worked for them but some cleaners are very likely to damage a carpet.
Do NOT use laundry detergent, engine degreasers such as Simple Green, Windex, fabric softener, bathroom cleaners, bleach, milk (seriously, I ran across a recipe that said to use milk and ammonia) or solvents.
I hope this gives you some ideas for homemade carpet cleaning supplies you can use. If you have something I didn’t list, let me know in the comments!