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How to make homemade carpet shampoo or rug cleaner

Updated February 21, 2017

Carpeting requires a more thorough cleaning than a vacuum every so often, as a vacuum only lifts dirt from the surface and does not disinfect or reach deep into the fibres of the carpeting. Commercial carpet shampoos and rug cleaning products are high-priced and contain chemical ingredients that many people do not want to use in their homes. You can quickly make your own homemade carpet cleaner that will kill bacteria plus give the carpet a deep, thorough cleaning.

Pour 2 cups water and 2 cups white vinegar into a container. The vinegar will clean, deodorise and disinfect without damaging the carpet.

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the container. The baking soda will clean and deodorise.

Pour 1/4 cup washing powder into the container. The detergent will clean and leave your carpet with a fresh scent.

Dip a cleaning cloth into the mixture and scrub into your carpeting. Or pour this liquid solution into the fluid canister of a steam cleaner, and run the cleaner as you normally would.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Container
  • Baking soda
  • Washing powder
  • Cleaning rag or steam cleaner
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.