Homemade Carpet Cleaner That Actually Works
Whether it’s a spilled glass of wine or your kids or dogs tracking mud inside, messes will happen on your carpet. When they do, you don’t have to turn to toxic chemicals to clean them up. Instead, discover how to make this homemade carpet cleaner that actually works!
Are Carpet Cleaners Toxic?
Store-bought carpet cleaners have a dirty secret: they are VERY dangerous to your health, the health of your family, and the environment.
Many carpet cleaners emit a toxic fume called naphthalene, which is a known carcinogen. The Environmental Working Group gives naphthalene an “F” because it has a high level of concern for causing cancer and it’s very toxic to aquatic life.
Naphthalene is especially dangerous to children who play on carpets after they’re cleaned. Plus, the fumes from carpet cleaners can cause eye, liver, and kidney damage.
How to Make Homemade Carpet Cleaner
Now you know why you never want to reach for another bottle of store-bought carpet cleaner. But you still need to clean your carpets. That’s when you can use this homemade carpet cleaner!
This natural carpet cleaner is easy to make, requires only a few simple ingredients that you likely already have at home, costs less money than store-bought cleaners, and can work on spot-cleaning furniture and rugs.
Since all carpets aren’t made the same, it’s a good idea to test this carpet cleaner in an inconspicuous spot before using it on those big stains.
Ingredients for Homemade Carpet Cleaner
To make your natural carpet cleaner, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:
- 16-ounce glass spray bottle
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of liquid soap
- Baking soda
- Clean eco-friendly sponge
- Clean organic unbleached cotton unpaper towel
How to Use Homemade Carpet Cleaner
- Add the water, white vinegar, and liquid soap to the glass spray bottle. Shake gently to combine.
- If you’re dealing with dirt or food, vacuum the area to get up as many loose particles as possible. Use the abrasive side of the sponge to gently loosen the dirt and debris.
- If you’re dealing with liquid, soak up as much of the spill as possible.
- Sprinkle the baking soda over the area and spray generously with the carpet cleaner.
- Dab and wipe with the cotton unpaper towel to absorb the carpet cleaner and remove the stain. (See why I always recommend using cotton unpaper towels for eco-friendly cleaning.)
Getting Those Carpets Clean
Don’t forget about all the other floors in your house. If you have wood floors, you can make a homemade hardwood cleaner or a homemade laminate floor cleaner. This homemade tile floor cleaner is also ideal for the tile in your house.
Messes on carpets happen. But when they do, you don’t have to turn to expensive and dangerous cleaning concoctions. Instead, you simply need to make this effective homemade carpet cleaner.
More Eco-Friendly Living Tips
Now that you see how easy it is to make your own homemade carpet cleaner, are you interested in even more eco-friendly living tips? Then be sure to check out some of our other popular posts:
- Homemade Dusting Spray
- Reusable Disinfecting Wipes
- Natural and Homemade Soft Scrub
- Homemade Furniture Polish