I am just going to start with my little disclaimer. If you have or have rented a steam cleaner. They have a label that says only use with the labeled store bought solution or warranty may be voided. If this concerns you, then this recipe may not be for you.
If you are looking for a way to keep your carpets clean for less with fewer chemicals…then read on!
Ok, I have 3 kids and ….wait for it…..3 dogs. Yep. We are a house of 3’s apparently. The kids are pretty much past the stage of really dirtying the carpets. There is the occasional sick kid, or tracking of dirt on the shoes, but the kids aren’t my problem right now. It is the puppies.
We adopted two red bone coonhound puppies 2 months ago and we have been house training them. All was right in the world until one got a bladder infection. You can imagine what that has done to our house training efforts, and my sanity.
We already owned a steam cleaner (THANK GOODNESS!), but I hate purchasing those expensive solutions that don’t really seem to work. I knew there was a better way. I have tried several things in my steam cleaner and all have cleaned the carpets remarkably well at a fraction of the cost. So I am going to share them with you!
Vinegar Carpet Solution
Seriously, I cup full of white vinegar in the tank full of hot water. That is it. My kids laugh and say the house smells like pickles. But when the pickle smell subsides it takes the other odors with it. No chemicals, and no carpet damage. This will remove light stains but if you have heavy stains…read on.
This is my go to solution in the high traffic areas. I mix it ahead of time and label it so I know what it is under the sink.
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 2 Tbsp Clear Dish Soap
I just shake it together really well and put a cup in the tank of my steam cleaner with the hot water. I also make sure I rinse after this one because of the dishsoap. It works wonders. The vinegar deodorizes, the peroxide kills bacteria and removes stains, and the dish soap lifts dirt! LOVE
Last but not least is when you just don’t have time to fool around. LOL I will add about 2 Tbsp of Tide Detergent to the tank with the hot water and have at it. Not only does it smell good but it lifts the stains really well. Again I make sure I do a pass of just water afterward to rinse the carpet.
I hope these recipes help you save money and time while cleaning your carpets!