Homemade Carpet Cleaner

Making your own homemade carpet cleaner is not very difficult, and it makes cleaning your carpet much more convenient. When you make your own homemade carpet cleaner, not only can you keep more of it on hand, you can mix up a batch on demand. Mixing your own homemade carpet cleaner also means that you know exactly what is going into the cleaner (meaning no suspicious chemicals in your house). Here is what you need to know to make your own homemade carpet cleaner.

The most important ingredient in most homemade carpet spot remover is baking soda. There is a whole slew of homemade carpet cleaner recipes out there, and the majority of them list baking soda as a primary ingredient. To use as a spot remover, mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar, then dilute with water. Be careful, as this combination will create quite a bit of fizz, and make sure that you don't store it after you've used it. From there you can go in any number of different directions, but here is one popular homemade carpet cleaner recipe: Mix 1 TBS liquid Dawn dish detergent with 1 cup of water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and use as you would any other carpet cleaner. Spray it on the carpet, concentrating it on any stains, and scrub. If necessary, let it sit overnight and then vacuum. Always do a test patch somewhere inconspicuous on the carpet to avoid ruining your carpet.

You can make another type of homemade carpet cleaner using the Dawn, water, and adding 1 cup of ammonia. Make sure that you don't add bleach to this combination, as the fumes from this mixture can be deadly.

If you store your homemade carpet cleaner for future use, make sure that you clearly label both the spray bottle and the container that you put it into. List the ingredients that are in it in case it accidentally gets ingested. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

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