Homemade Carpet Cleaner

If you have kids and/or pets, carpet stains are nothing new for you. Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of different cleaning products. Here are my favorite homemade carpet cleaner recipes. One of the things I like best about these is that they do not contain a bunch of chemicals. We do a lot of playing and just hanging out on the living room floor, so this is the perfect solution. It keeps my carpet clean and me worry free.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe

This is a great spot cleaner. Mix one cup white vinegar and one cup warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture  directly on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a damp cloth to rub out the stain and the vinegar.

If that doesn’t get the stain out, try this:

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

Mix everything to make a paste . Use your fingertips to rub it into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum over it several times to get everything up.

Homemade Steam Carpet Cleaner Solution

When you are ready to give your carpets a good steam cleaning, try this solution.

  • 1/4 cup lemon-scented ammonia
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons dish washing soap
  • a little less than 1 gallon hot water

Mix everything in a large bucket. Pour it into your steam cleaner and then follow the regular directions of use.

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  1. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    This is a dream come true.

  2. Vicky Busby says:

    The second cleaner recipe is my go to cleaner for everything. I make it in spray bottles and use for all of my cleaning needs. I label it Clean-All.


  4. Vinegar is also my recipe of cleaning. It works great for any type of hard cleaning. And it’s also very easy to apply!!

  5. Just for shampooing to get rid of heavy duty pet stains:

    Cascade (powdered)
    Vinegar (distilled)

    Make a huge batch if you have a big problem. I don’t remember the amounts, but you will need more water than you do the dishwashing powder and vinegar.

  6. My go to for pet and children urine and feces is hydrogen peroxide. I first check for color fastness and then spray or pour with straight peroxide. Then I rinse with water. Peroxide removes germs from the urine/feces and breaks it down. Peroxide also works with desitin. Sometimes the desitin is really stubborn so I add a drop of dishwashing liquid. I have twin boys so they are always making messes and my cat liked to wet on the bathroom rug.

  7. My carpet is black i have cleaned it twice this year and it is still black please help me.

  8. I’m so glad you posted this! I am in the middle of one of those furious house-cleaning kicks in preparation for a new baby. One of my next projects is the family room carpet, but I really didn’t want to subject myself, my children who spend all day coloring and playing on that carpet, and a newborn who will spend the better part of his first few months squirming on the thing, to the chemicals.

    Now I can get up the nerve to face the carpet cleaner, which has been mockingly staring at me for months now. Thanks!

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