How to make your own carpet cleaner

How to make carpet cleaner


I am probably a bit of a cleaning nerd but I like to clean.

Well, more the enjoyment over the end result perhaps than the process itself.

This last weekend I took full advantage of the 3 day weekend and did some serious deep cleaning in our home.

Lifting a layer of winter dirt and grime (and it never ceases to amaze me how bad it really is lol!) makes my house sparkle and my heart happy as I put my feet up and enjoy the end result.

This year I used a combination of store bought items and homemade cleaning supplies too.

I have to admit, I experienced some serious sticker shock looking up and down a long aisle of supplies and trying to decide what I needed.  I ended up with new good quality gloves, magic-erase sponges, a new bucket, some Febreeze and a little determination to make my own cleaning supplies this year.

I started with my carpets.  Nothing brightens your home faster than clean, fluffy carpets.

I wanted something that I could use to spot clean in areas that I didn’t need to run the big machine through, and then also do a super deep clean when needed with our carpet cleaner.

Using some things I already on hand plus a couple things I bought I came up with a carpet cleaning solution that worked so well I could not believe it.  My carpets smelled great and I will spare you from pictures of the sludge that came out of them.  And we thought we were clean people ha!

Here is what I did:


Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe (for carpet machines and spot cleaning!)

Half gallon container (I used a recycled coffee creamer container from Costco)

4 T. laundry soap of your choice

2 T. fabric softener 

2 T. powdered Oxyclean (Dollar Tree is a great place to pick this up!)

1/4 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 

Hot Water to fill your container (leave some space as the Oxy will bubble for a bit)


Carpet cleaner recipe


How to make your own cleaning supplies


Blend until the Oxy granules have dissolved and allow the mixtures to sit open for a bit before pouring into your container (this will avoid pressure build up from the Oxy in ACTION!)

I used this in my carpet cleaning machine and I was SO impressed by the results.

It’s that simple to make a good supply of carpet cleaner for pennies! 


How to make carpet cleaner


Happy Spring Cleaning!!

Stay crafty-

xo, Tanya 

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  1. I really need to try this! Thanks for sharing your own recipe!

  2. Great tip! It’s always good for people to be proactive in cleaning their own carpet stains. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It is a great DIY carpet cleaner tip. Making your own carpet cleaner is fun and cost effective no doubt. I’ll surely follow your tips added here. I got some really easy DIY carpet cleaning tips from Sheen cleaning services. Those professionals are the best in providing quality service. Anyways, thanks for sharing this post.

  4. Thanks for the tip! What kind of stains were you dealing with? I like using part vinegar and part water for stain removal. I like that these things can be made at home, but for those super tough stain it’s better to call the pros.

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  7. Michelle A Calhoun says

    Do you put this in the soap section of the carpet cleaner and still add water in the water section? Or do you use this alone without extra water in the machine?

  8. I just made a batch of your mixture I had all the ingredients in my laundry room and I must say not only does it smell delightful, I used Meyers lavender fabric softener, it did a fantastic job I’m hooked won’t use anything else. Thanks for sharin

  9. I’ve been seeing a lot of these DIY carpet cleaning lists around lately. This one has some unique solutions I’m thinking of trying out. If they work well I’ll put them in my cleaning toolbox. Always on the look out for natural effective cleaning solutions. Thanks!

  10. I appreciate you sharing this post. Will read on…

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, it really helped me a lot. I would recommend your site to everyone I know and I am hoping that you would also do the same to our site carpet shampooing cleaning. Thank you and more power.

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