It’s easy for carpets to acquire grime and stains, and regular carpet shampoos are important for the upkeep of your floor. Even if you buy a new carpet, the constant traffic will add dust and dirt quicker than you might imagine. Carpet products can be expensive, so here are some homemade remedies to make your job of carpet shampooing cheap and easy.
- Basic Detergent-and-Water Cleaner Mix together 1 cup of water with 1/4 tsp of dish detergent, and continue to add water and detergent until you have the proper amount for what you are going to clean. This recipe should give you a very simple-to-clean-with shampoo without leaving behind much residue. You can use this in a carpet cleaner or rub it in with a mop. Vacuum it out when it’s dried.
- Furniture and Carpet Solution For one gallon of this easy to make cleaner, try putting in 1/2 cup of a bleach free household cleaner (your preference) as well as 1/2 cup of fabric softener and 1 cup of ammonia. When you wash the carpet with this, it will give it a nice, soft washing. It can be used in a carpet cleaner or lathered on with a rag, and don’t forget to vacuum the residue.
- Windex and Water For this simple solution, just take equal parts of your favorite window cleaner and combine it with the same amount of water. There is ammonia in the mix that will help to get stains up without leaving a lot of residue. Treat it the same way you would treat the other solutions, by washing the carpet in either a carpet cleaner or by hand and vacuuming it up afterwards.
- Spot by Spot For a simple spot remover, mix together the same amount of baking soda and vinegar until it’s a thick paste, and then put warm water in until it thins out. Use a sponge or toothbrush to scrub the solution into each stain on the floor. Then pour club soda over each spot, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Finally, scrub it out with the sponge or toothbrush again.
- A Good, Dry Clean For this waterless cleaning solution, mix together 1/2 cup of baking powder with 3-4 oz of corn flour. To add a nice fragrance, put some potpourri and dried bay leaves in and mix it up. Then sprinkle the mixture all over the carpet, and sweep the contents corner to corner with a broom. Leave it overnight, and vacuum it in the morning.