What is a good homemade recipe for carpet cleaning? I have three bedrooms to clean. Thanks.
By ptravel from Lords Valley, PA
I always mix Pine Sol and ammonia in water. I used it for spot cleaning with a hand brush, but I'm sure it would work for the entire carpet. My husband used to work on big trucks and would track in black grease, and this mixture never let me down. (05/06/2009)
Several years back while shopping at the dollar store I noticed the gal in line behind me that was buying 8 bottles of cleaner called "Awesome". I asked her why she was buying so many & she said she was getting ready to clean her wall to wall carpeting and that it's the best carpet cleaner she's ever used. She said she puts it in to those carpet steam cleaners you rent & she can do her whole house for under $8 in cleaner. She said she swears by it & has used it for years! I've seen "Awesome" at every dollar store in my area. It's a highly concentrated cleaner. I always keep a bottle on hand because it's great for so many things (there's a long list on the bottle with the proper dilutions).
Me? I've always sworn by plain old hydrogen peroxide for carpets. You can use it to spot treat the bad areas before you start. Especially if you have pets that pee on your carpet! Put it in a well-marked spray bottle & be sure it gets down into the padding (always check a spot for color-fastness with any cleaner first). But if I was cleaning MY carpets, I would never use a wet carpet cleaner (because of mold & toxins), I would use a dry carpet cleaner.
For spot cleaning I used dishwasher soap and water in a spray bottle, or I used shaving cream. Sometimes Pine Sol diluted in a water bottle works too. I really like shaving cream because of its ease of use and it doesn't get the carpet to0 wet. (05/07/2009)
By Robyn Fed
I've used vinegar and a couple of drops of dish detergent. Mix with lots of water - in fact fill carpet container with water, add 3 cups vinegar and 2-3 drops of dish detergent. Works for me! I have my own carpet cleaner machine. (05/14/2009)
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