The Best DIY Carpet Cleaning Recipes for Home


Is your house carpets looking a little down and out? Kids, pets, and day to day use can really wear carpets down, leaving unsightly stains and odor that you must remove. If you want to freshen up your carpet, remove stains, and banish odor, take a look below at these 5 best DIY Carpet cleaning recipes. You will find that treating your own carpets is a great way to get the job done with less money and using less chemicals.

Machine Cleaning Solution #1

This liquid solution is meant for your carpet cleaning machines in place of the over the counter solution. Since the container size of machines will vary, we are showing you this recipe in parts instead of actual measurements.

Mix all of the ingredients in a bottle and pour into the machine compartment. Clean your carpets using the machine as you typically would. The vinegar will clean a stain and deodorize, while the essential oil with freshen and disinfect the carpet.

Machine Cleaning Solution #2

Like the recipe above, this liquid solution is intended for your carpet cleaning machines. You can make a batch of this up anytime you need some quick carpet cleaning done.

  • ½ gallon of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
  • 2 tablespoons of 3% peroxide

Combine ingredients and mix well. Put the mixture into the compartment as directed and clean as usual.

Spot Treatment

Do you have a small spot or stain that needs to be treated? A batch of this spot treatment will do the trick. It is perfect for loosening up stains prior to steaming as well. It can handle pet stains especially and is great for removing the odor.

Combine the ingredients and apply with a cloth (never spray the solution onto the fabric) and blot. You can rinse with warm water when done and soak up with a soft cloth.

Carpet Degreaser

Did you spill an oil-based product on your carpet that needs a clean? Then give this recipe for carpet degreaser a try. It will help soak up the oil and allow you to treat the carpet further.

Make a paste from the ingredients. Spread the paste over the stain and let it sit until dry. This might take several hours. When it dries a powder will form which you can then vacuum up, taking the stain along with it.

Carpet Deodorizer

When your carpet is nice and clean, you can now treat it for any underlying odor.

Mix the ingredients well and sprinkle liberally onto your carpet. A sugar shaker is perfect for getting this job done! Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum up. It will absorb any odor, freshen the space, and get the carpet looking great!

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      • Josie says:

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  • Peter says:

    Thanks for compiling all of the solutions Josie!
    Number 3 is important. Some would just directly clean the carpet using one solution, without pre-treating the stains. Using a separate solution to spot clean your carpet before moving to cleaning the entire carpet is a good move, professionals use this same technique. Carpet cleaning DIYs are very popular and it works. It is also ideal that every once in a while have the professional clean the carpet for you. This will leave you with a well-maintained carpet that can last for years and years

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