4 Homemade Remedies To Clean Your Carpets On A Budget

The best ways to clean carpets yourself

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How to clean carpets yourself by hand is a normality for muddy footprints or a spilt drink to make its way to our carpets at home, but for some homeowners, it could make them a little too crazy to handle. For someone like Monica Geller (the famous character from the hit TV show “Friends”), her best bet would be a homemade solution as its cheaper and sometimes better than the costly cleaning agents or cleaning service providers.

But honestly, it actually does make just a little sense to rush to some professional cleaners for a stain or two when you could easily create some DIY liquid cleaners using daily household materials. Having these organic cleaners won’t just save you pennies, but will also keep your kids away from harmful chemicals that could be present in the commercial cleaners. The solution to your stained carpet could lie there in one of your cabinets at home. Let’s find out how you could create 4 different carpets cleaners from using stuff at your home.

1. Baking Soda, White Vinegar & Dishwashing Liquid

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Whether it’s a stained carpet or a wood furniture, baking soda is an extremely amazing cleaning agent. It’s basic in nature, so when mixed with acidic white vinegar, the two create carbon dioxide (when an acid reacts with a base, a salt is created while carbon dioxide is released). This gas generated turns out to be a cleaning bubble miracle. However, along with baking soda and vinegar, you would also need some water and dishwashing liquid.

You will need:
• 1 Small Spray Bottle
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• I cup warm water
• 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
• Absorbent towel
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• cleaning sponge

How to use it? (as a carpet cleaner)

Put all the aforementioned ingredients into a spray bottle and shake them well. When baking soda, i.e. a base, mixes up with vinegar, i.e. acidic in nature, the two create quite a show of cleaning bubbles. Add the dishwashing liquid to the bottle, then some vinegar, and finally baking soda, and then quickly screw the top to avoid bubbles from escaping.

First, vacuum the carpet area that you want to clean. Then, spray the affected areas with the carpet cleaner that you just made and starting rubbing on it gently. Be generous with using the spray, and dab with towel after rubbing. You would see some excellent cleaning results right away.

2. Lemon Juice + Hydrogen Peroxide

When you want to go a little aboard with your carpet cleaning, then using a hydrogen peroxide based carpet cleaner would do it. Hydrogen peroxide has some natural bleaching and cleaning characteristics as it can break the bond between dirt, bacteria and the soiled surface. When added with some lemon juice, the whole concoction becomes a little too powerful to get rid of the sticky speck. This one is probably the best stain remover that you could come across. It’s tried and tested by thousands of homeowners already.

You will need:
1 small spray bottle
hydrogen peroxide
lemon oil

How to use it?

In a spray bottle, fill 1/3 of it with hydrogen peroxide while the rest with water. Add around 5 drops of lemon juice or lemon essential oil and shake lightly to mix the ingredients. The hydrogen peroxide will work its way on breaking down the stain while the lemon oil will help with removing sticky particles.

Liberally spray the solution over the affected area and leave it aside for at least a minute. Use a scrub to loosen the fiber afterwards. This way, all the dirty stuff moves to the surface that you can remove using a blotting paper.

This solution also works on upholstered furniture too.

3. Vinegar and Ammonia

Vinegar is back on our DIY home carpet cleaners list, and this time, it’s partnered with ammonia to deal with the carpet stains. Using vinegar and ammonia together works out a great cleaning solution, but there are some safety measures that need your consideration before using ammonia. For instance, ammonia can cause discoloration of carpet or it can also cause urination problems for your pets.

You will need:
• 2 Spray bottles
• Tablet salt
• Blotting cloth
• Small container
• Sponges
• Spoon
• Bucket
• Vacuum

How to use it?

Because ammonia is quite strong, you will be required to mix it with lots of water. Fill a spray bottle with 5 parts of warm water and one part of vinegar. Use a spoon to stir the contents. In another bottle, use 5 parts of warm water and one-part ammonia.

Use the vinegar solution first on the carpet cleaner and let it soak for a few minutes; after that, use a blotting paper to get rid of excess liquid. Now use the ammonia liquid you prepared and spray it on the stained area. Blot excess liquid out and check the results. You may also have to repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.

4. Borax powder and vinegar

Last on our list is a mixture of vinegar and borax powder. If you aren’t comfortable with the chlorination issues of ammonia, borax is an excellent home cleaner without any phosphate or chlorine. It’s also safe and eco-friendly. Borax powder can also be used for killing fleas, leaving carpet infection-free and clean. All you need is some salt, vinegar, borax powder and a vacuum cleaner.

You will need:
¼ cup borax powder
¼ cup vinegar
¼ cup salt
water

How to use it?

Mix together the three ingredients that will turn out to be like a paste. You can use this paste for cleaning the heavily soiled parts of carpet. But before using it, vacuum the affected areas first. Using a brush to rub off the stain to the surface. Then use some water to take the mixture out and use a blotting paper to get it off the carpet.

We ensure that these four homemade carpet cleaning agents are all what you need. Make sure to follow the measurements for best results.

Post by Chris Groome

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