The Best Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe


Carpet cleaning solution can be expensive and sometimes leaves an unpleasant smell. It's easy to make your own solution in minutes. This homemade recipe will leave your carpets clean, and your home smelling like fresh laundry.

For more home cleaning tips such as How to Make DIY Laundry Pods and How to Clean Wood Floors Properly, see below.

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  • If you don't own a carpet cleaner, you can rent one. It's pretty inexpensive to rent an industrial carpet cleaner at most grocery and home improvement stores.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 gallon plastic or glass container with lid
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/8 cup dish liquid
  • 1 tablespoon Oxiclean
  • 1/2 cup fabric softener
  • Funnel
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  • Dab a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the carpet in a small, relatively hidden area -- under a sofa or behind the draperies. Wait 30 minutes. If the carpet changes color, do not use this cleaning formula.

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Step 1

Using a funnel, add all ingredients except the water to your container.

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Step 2

Fill the remainder of your container with warm water.

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Step 3

Fill the reservoir of your carpet cleaner with warm water and add 2 ounces of the homemade solution.

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Step 4

Clean your carpet according to the carpet cleaner's instructions.

Save the rest of your solution for the next time your pet stomps through your home with muddy paws, your kids forget to take off their shoes, or for cleaning up after your next party.

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