Cleaning your carpet is not that hard but instead of buying expensive cleaners that could contain chemicals make your own carpet cleaners using what you have in the house. These are easy to make and contain no harsh chemicals to hurt children and pets. Even if you are taking the proper care of your carpet, you should still try to clean it at least once a month, more if you have little ones and pets in your house. If they are not cleaned they will start to look worn out and dingy. Using homemade cleaners can be just as effective at cleaning and deodorizing your carpet as the more expensive ones.
Vinegar and water
The vinegar that you should use is regular white vinegar. This carpet cleaner is made by mixing equal parts warm water, and vinegar. Mix them in a spray bottle and spray it on the carpet, let sit for at least ten minutes and then vacuum. If there are stains spray it with the cleaner and scrub it with a brush to get the stain out. For the tougher stains, you may have to do this several times. This carpet cleaning solution is great for cleaning and removing bad odors from the carpet. If you prefer to use a carpet cleaning machine, you can still add some vinegar to the cleaning solution or you can just use vinegar and water.
Vinegar, salt, and Borax
This carpet cleaner is good to use on stubborn stains. Mix equal parts of all three ingredients to make a thick paste and apply it to the stain, letting it dry. Once it is dry just use the vacuum to get it up. You can repeat this if necessary for stubborn stains and ones that have been there awhile.
Lemon juice and cream of tartar
This can be used for ink stains on your carpet. Make a paste of a few drops of lemon juice and cream of tartar and put it on the ink stain. Once the mixture has dried, you can use the vacuum to get the paste up. Repeat if the stain is not totally removed.
Baking soda and essential oils
To help eliminate bad odors from your carpet, especially if they are pet odors, use essential oils and baking soda. Mix enough essential oil with the baking soda to get the fragrance you want and then sprinkle it on the carpet. Leave it on the carpet for twenty-thirty minutes and then vacuum the carpet.
These are just some of the many different homemade carpet cleaners you can make to clean and deodorize your carpets. To avoid cleaning stubborn stains that may not totally come out of the carpet wipe up any spills immediately.