Making Carpet Cleaner at Home

Making Carpet Cleaner at Home

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

You don't need to use harsh, expensive chemicals to clean you carpets. Despite what most people think, most store bought cleaning solutions can be replaced with simple mixtures of other ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards. Don't buy into the marketing hype - you can save money and time by making your own carpet cleaning solutions using ingredients you already have! But obviously the next question is: "how do I make my own homemade carpet cleaner?" That's an excellent question! Read on...

The first way to clean a stain using ingredients you already have in the home is using soda water to clean stains before they dry into the carpet. This is a great emergency cleaner if you spill food or drink on the carpet. Use a small amount of club soda (don't soak the area) to life the stain, and then soak up the residue using papertowel or a dry cloth. You can also cover the still-damp region in baking soda so soak up the remainder and then vacuum the power up later.

For most stains, all you need is a spray bottle, a little detergent and some elbow grease. Mix some warm water with a couple of teaspoons of standard dishwashing detergent and spray on the area where the stain is. Using paper towel or a clean dry cloth, lightly dab the area until the stain is removed. You may have to repeat this a few times for those tough stains.

Of course, tougher stains call for tougher cleaning agents. If detergent doesn't work for you, try a solution of 10 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. As above, mix in a spray bottle and spray a light coating over the stained area. Dab with a cloth, and repeat until the stain is removed. You can also use apple cider vinegar if white vinegar isn't available; although using brown vinegar is not recommended.

More difficult stains can be dealt with using ammonia. Again, in a spray bottle, mix 1 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of ammonia. Spray the area lightly (using rubber gloves) and dab with some absorbent material. As always, be careful when mixing and handling the ammonia and make sure you only use it in a well ventilated area. Avoid mixing the ammonia with other cleaning agents as chemical reactions may occur.

It's important you test all aforementioned solutions on a small region of carpet before expanding it to clean a large area. Some discoloration or staining may occur on certain carpets, so you just need to be careful.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

Now that you can make your own carpet cleaner at home, you're ready to save money AND get your carpets to "like-new" condition, quickly and easily.

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