I'll admit, I'm slightly OCD when it comes to clean floors. I'm constantly sweeping, vacuuming, wiping or mopping them. Having a toddler and two little dogs doesn't exactly help the matter. Carpets are in a cleaning category of their own-- they're basically, in my mind, dirt and grime magnets and need constant sanitization. This is why we decided to invest in a quality, carpet cleaner! We bought this one and have been super happy with it! The only problem: the cleaning solution that the carpet cleaner came with, and recommended using (of course, made by the makers of the carpet cleaner), consisted of toxic ingredients and had a VERY strong, artificial fragrance -- things a always steer clear of in my cleaning products. (Read more about the toxicity of household cleaners here.) For a fraction of the price, and using ingredients that I already had on hand, I was able to make an AMAZING homemade, carpet cleaning solution for my carpet cleaner! Fragrance-free, eco-friendly, non-toxic, and all those other great hyphenated words. It works just as well as commercial cleaners, without the headache-inducing fragrance.
What You Will Need
- 4 litre jug (like an old milk jug)
- 3.75 litres of Hot water (unless you're carpet cleaner heats the water, like mine does, then just use room temp. water.)
- 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide, 3%
- 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Dish Soap (Resist the urge to add more! This is all you need.) - I like this one