Carpet Cleaning Recipes
Source of Recipe
Homemade carpet cleaning solutions llected from the internet.
Simply Simple Green
I have cleaned my carpets many, many times with those rental machines and I always use Simple Green. It works wonderfully and will make your carpet absolutely new looking. It removes so many tough stains. You can find it at most home improvement type stores and can get a gallon of the stuff for around $10 or less
Get Great Results with Windex and Water
A friend of mine who does professional carpet cleaning told me to use equal amounts of Windex and hot water. I use it in my Bissell carpet cleaner with great results! My 5-year-old carpet is pale beige and still looks brand new Vinegar Works Great!
I've used just about every kind of carpet cleaner solution in my steam cleaner. None of them compare to one simple cheap solution, which is vinegar mixed with water. I use a solution of about 1 to 10 and am amazed at the results every time. It gets rid of spots that come back to the surface and cleans my steam cleaner at the same time. The vinegar smell does stay around until the carpet is completely dry. I usually spray the carpet down with some no-vacuuming foam afterwards while the carpet is still wet and light some candles.
Try This for Great Results
Add about 3 teaspoons of clear dishwashing liquid (non moisturizing), 1/4 cup of ammonia, and 1/4 cup of vinegar to a few gallons of water. I've also used 1/2 cup of vinegar to a few gallons of water. Everything comes out great!
This Recipe Kills Odors
I have used grocery store rental carpet machines before and have come up with my own "recipe." Use one scoop of OxiClean, one cup of generic Fabreeze or one cup of vinegar, and the recommended hot water. The outcome is not only clean, but it also kills all odors. I used this formula on a very used couch that smelled of dirty dogs so bad that I would not even bring it into my home and the outcome was wonderful. Do not worry about using vinegar. Once the vinegar dries, the smell is gone.
Try Using Tide
I use Tide laundry soap in the machine.
I did and it worked better than the expensive carpet shampoo. It cleaned better, and it did not foam up, so there was no need for defoamer solution. It smelled really nice and it did not leave a residue on my carpet.
Plain Old White Vinegar
I use plain old white distilled vinegar for all of my carpet cleaning. I have a machine that I use on a regular basis for cleaning carpets in my home. With allergies in the house and four dogs as well, this has proven to be a great, inexpensive solution. Just mix it as you would the regular cleaning solution, and when the carpet dries, there will be no more smell from the vinegar. This works great on most stains.
Just Clean with Water
I recently read a tip that came from a school custodian. He said to just clean carpets with hot water, no detergent, as the soap only helps collect and hold in more dirt.
Works Every Time!
The solution for the carpet cleaning machines can be very expensive! I had a friend who told me that solution is often not needed. The last time I rented the machine, I just used very hot water (the hotter, the better) for cleaning the carpet. For stubborn or set in stains, I use club soda. Just pour generously on the stain and blot up with a dry towel or cloth. It has worked for me every time!
A Tried and True Favorite
My favorite carpet cleaner (and I've used it many times over many years) is hot water and OxiClean (or one of those types of cleaners). It does the best job and does not leave a residue or ruin your scotchgard.
Carpet stain: Remove light carpet stains with a paste made of salt and vinegar. Dissolve 2 tablespoons salt in ½ cup vinegar. Rub this into carpet stains and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue.
Remove heavy carpet stains with a paste made of salt, borax, and vinegar. Dissolve 2 tablespoons salt and 2 tablespoons borax in ½ cup vinegar. Rub this into carpet stains and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue.
As with all cleaning products, test these old-time solutions to cleaning problems before using them. Always try them out on an inconspicuous area of rugs, upholstery, or clothing.
1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 tablespoon household ammonia 1 quart water
Mix vinegar, ammonia and water together. Apply the carpet cleaner to spots on the carpet with a soft rag. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Use a fan to speed drying time.