How to Make Homemade Carpet Cleaner to Spread With a Broom

Clean carpet with a homemade cleaner
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Commercial carpet cleaners can be expensive, and many carpet powders simply add a scent to the carpet without necessarily cleaning it. You can make your own dry carpet cleaner to brush into the carpet. Using a broom, you can reach deep into the fibers of the carpet, deodorizing, cleaning and absorbing moisture.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Borax
  • Container
  • Broom
  • Vacuum

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Pour 2 cups of baking soda, 2 cups of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of borax into a container with a lid. This should cover a section of carpeting measuring 10x10 feet.

Sprinkle a heavy dusting of the powder on your carpeting and brush the powder into the carpet fibers with a broom. Run the broom in all directions, working the powder into the pile of the carpet.

Let the powder sit overnight when possible, then vacuum it up. The elements combine to absorb moisture, clean, deodorize and disinfect, leaving you with a fresh, odor- and bacteria-free carpet.


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