How to Make Natural Carpet Cleaner
If you have kids or pets then you likely have carpet stains. The dilemma is finding an effective carpet cleaner that is safe for children and pets. There are many effective carpet cleaners on the market but they can contain toxic or harsh chemicals.
The good news is that you can make your own carpet spot cleaner that is quick, safe and effective. Simply follow this DIY recipe to make carpet cleaner.
Natural Carpet Cleaner
- 1/4 cup of Borax
- 1/4 cup of Salt
- 1/3 cup of Vinegar
- Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and make a paste
- Blot the stain (if wet) and pick up any debris
- Using a cloth, rub the paste into stained area of the carpet
- Let the paste sit for a few hours until it dries
- Vacuum up the dried paste
- Wipe up any remaining remnants with a wet rag
- If any remnants of the stain remain scrub the stained area with wet rag
- Let the area dry and vacuum one last time.
DIY TIP:Test the carpet spot cleaner recipe first in hidden or discrete location to ensure it works well for your carpet type and color.
**If you are wanting to clean the entire carpet, not just spot clean we recommend using a steam cleaning system with no chemicals.**
Natural Carpet Deodorizer
If you have pets or kids you know they have a tendency to make messes on the carpet…bad smelling messes. Carpet stains can be removed but sometimes an odor is still left.
Follow this simple baking soda and tea tree oil recipe to help remove odors on your carpet. This recipe also works great for removing odors from couches or inside a car. Baking soda and tea tree oil do a great job of absorbing and neutralizing odors. It’s a simple and low cost way to remove odors from carpet and upholstered furniture.
Natural Carpet Deodorizer
- Combine 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to 1/2 cup of baking soda. You can adjust the proportions for treating larger or smaller areas.
- Sprinkle the baking soda mixture over the affected carpet area
- Let the mixture sit on the carpet for 1-2 hours (or overnight if possible).
- Vacuum up the mixture to remove it from the carpet.
- Baking Soda
- Tea Tree Oil
- Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to ½ cup of baking soda. Adjust proportions if treating a larger area
- Sprinkle baking soda mixture on carpet area
- Let it sit for 1-2 hours (or overnight if possible) to allow the odors to absorb in the baking soda.
- Vacuum up the baking soda mixture.
Natural Furniture Polish – Homemade Pledge
Give dust the boot with this all natural furniture polish. Most commercial furniture polish uses areosol cans and can contain other harmful chemicals. No need to worry about areosols or other chemicals with this DIY furniture polish, simply spray and wipe the dust away!
The olive oil in the furniture polish treats the wood and gives it a natural shine. The white vinegar provides the cleaning power while the lemon juice gives it a fresh clean scent. These 3 simple but effective ingredients will keep your wood furniture clean and glowing.
Natural Furniture Polish Recipe
- 2 tsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of warm water
- Pour ingredients into a spray bottle
- Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients together
- Spray wood furniture and wipe clean with a cotton or microfiber cloth
Make Homemade Air Freshener with Essential Oils
Commercial air fresheners may smell good but can contain toxic chemicals. People sensitive to these chemicals may have headaches, migraines or breathing issues. Replacing traditional air fresheners with essential oils is a great way to keep your house smelling great but without the harmful chemicals.
Essential oils can be purchased online or at your local craft store. Essential oils come in a variety of great smelling scents such as lavender, orange, peppermint and lemon grass. Using a diffuser is a great way spread essential oils throughout your house but its not neccessary. I like this DIY way of making home air freshener because it in your house, car or clothes.
Homemade Air Freshener with Essential Oils
- Fill a 160z spray bottle with warm water
- Put 10+ drops of your favorite essential oil in the spray bottle (Add more drops to adjust the smell to your liking)
- Shake the bottle well for 30 seconds and shake again before each additional use
- Spray in your car or room to provide a great smelling scent without any toxic chemicals!
- A 16 oz. clean spray bottle
- Warm water
- Essential oil(s)
- Fill the spray bottle with water leaving approximately 1 inch from the top.
- Use 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oils (adjust amount to your liking)
- Shake for 30 seconds. Shake again before each use.
Vinegar is the ultimate green cleaning products. You can use it in various ways to keep your house sparkling clean.
One reason some people may steer clear of using vinegar is because of the not so pleasant aroma. Well, you don’t have to worry because even though it doesn’t smell too good when you’re using it when it dries there no smell at all!
Using white distilled vinegar as an all-around cleaner is preferable to store bought harsh, toxic chemical blends because it is safe to use.
DIY Ideas for Cleaning with Vinegar
Windows & Mirrors – Fill a 16 oz. spray bottle with ½ vinegar and ½ water to clean windows and mirrors then wipe down with newspaper for a streak-free shine.
Microwave – To clean out a dirty microwave put 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes and wipe out with a damp cloth. This will loosen the food particles for easy cleanup.
Dishwasher – To help remove the film left over from your dishwasher soap you can fill your rinse dispenser with vinegar and your dishes will come out squeaky clean.
Refrigerator & Counter Tops – Keeping a spray bottle on hand filled with ½ vinegar and ½ water makes it easy to grab to clean the counter tops. Use it to clean out the refrigerator on a regular basis too. You won’t have to worry about using this solution around your food because it is non-toxic and all natural.
Coffee Pot – To keep your coffee pot free from nasty buildup, use a full pot of straight vinegar and run through a normal brew cycle. Then run two regular pots of water through the brew cycle. Do this once a month and your coffee pot will thank you.
Underarm Stains – To get rid of these unsightly stains many people just throw the shirt away but you don’t have to. Use full strength vinegar in a spray bottle to soak the stained areas. Leave in for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual and you should be rid of the underarm stains and any associated odor.
Fabric Softener – You can use vinegar in place of your normal fabric softener in the rinse cycle for the same (or better) effect for a lot less.
Toilet – pour in 1 cup of full strength vinegar, leave it for 10 minutes and clean as usual. Your bowl will be clean and fresh.
Tub/Shower – Use vinegar, the half and half mixture in a spray bottle, to keep your shower clean. Just grab it when you’re done showering and spray down the shower, tub and shower curtain, let it dry and voila! Even when cleaning around babies’ bath toys, you won’t have to worry if any get on them because it’s safe to use.
These are just some of the uses for vinegar to make your home green clean!
Many commercial carpet cleaners and fresheners use toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols, pesticides, lye,
and phthalates (among others) in their ingredients. Using these products is not only dangerous for the environment and your health, but it can also make your carpet more resistant to cleanings. For example, soaps actually help carpets to collect and hold in the dirt.
Instead of using harsh commercial shampoos, consider making your own greener carpet cleaner.
These are few great ways to remove stains, clean and deodorize your carpet for some of the common problems we all face at one time or another:
Bright Liquid Spills
Red wine, fruit juice, and other liquid are some of the toughest to get out of carpet. The key is to clean up while the spot is still wet. First, blot up (do not rub – rubbing will only push it further into the carpet) as much liquid as you can with a clean cloth or paper towel, then generously pour table salt all over the area and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up and your would-be stain will be gone.
If your stain has already dried – you can use same the process but wet your affected area with club soda to re-wet the stain. Stains are easier to remove when wet. Then proceed with the directions above. Repeat process, if necessary.
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet area and leave overnight. This allows the baking soda to absorb the smells. Then just vacuum it up.
Pet Stains & Odors
Pet stains and odors (urine or feces) can be a little harder to get rid of and may take a couple cleanings to cure. First blot up (do not rub – this will only push it further into the carpet) the affected area with a clean cloth or paper towels then soak the area with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Once this is almost dry sprinkle baking soda over it and allow to fully dry. Be sure the vinegar is almost dry because if you add the baking soda when it’s too wet it will turn into a goopy paste that will be difficult to vacuum up.
A steam cleaner is nice tool because it helps remove dirt and particles from your carpet with heat. Although using the harsh chemical products recommended for steam cleaners often discourages people from using them. Not to worry, here’s a safe alternative: Use plain old vinegar and water in a 1 to 10 ratio and your carpet will come out clean and deodorized.
An easy way to freshen your carpet and whole home is to make a simple essential oil spray. Use a spray bottle and add 4 drops essential oils per 1 cup water. Spray around your home on furniture, curtains and carpet for a refreshing clean smell.