If you have carpets in your home then you know how expensive the carpet cleaning solutions, and the spot treating solutions can be. You do not have to spend a lot of money on your carpet cleaning supplies. You can make good carpet cleaning supplies at home, and usually you have the ingredients already on hand.
The first step to carpet cleaning is to treat the tough spots and stains. A good stain treatment can be mixed up using white distilled vinegar, and baking soda. You take the baking soda and pour it into a shallow dish then add enough vinegar to that to create a good paste. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to vigorously run the mixture into the stain. Let the mixture dry in place and then vacuum to remove. Some tough stains may need more than one treatment before they are eradicated.
You can fill your household carpet cleaning machine with equal parts of white distilled vinegar and hot water. Vinegar is a stain lifter, it is a deodorizer, and it is an antiseptic that kills germs. You will be amazed by the look of your carpet when you use this simple cleanser. This type of cleaner will not leave harmful chemical residues so your pets and children will be safe, it is inexpensive, and it has no harsh chemicals.
Backing soda and peroxide form a tough spot remover that will get greasy stains out with ease. Mix the two ingredients into a thick paste and apply it to the spot using an old toothbrush. You will want to rinse this substance away with cool water and a clean cloth because peroxide can actually bleach the carpet fibers causing them to discolor. You simply apply clean cool water to the spot and then blot it up using
You can make a carpet shampoo out of any household liquid cleaner. You can even make carpet shampoo from small amounts of shampoo and conditioner, or small amounts of dog shampoo to help repel fleas if you have pets in the house with you.
You can add cheap mouthwash to any carpet cleaning solution to help with odor reduction. You can also add liquid fabric refresher to any carpet cleaner to help reduce odors from pets, smoking, and household cooking.
You can make a dry carpet refresher out of baking soda. This inexpensive item can be shaken onto the surface of the carpet and allowed to remain for a few minutes, then vacuum it away to leave fresh smelling carpet behind.