If you have carpet in your home, you probably have stains. And let’s face it: even without a stain, you never know what’s lurking between those fibers. Yuck! But at the same time, having your carpets professionally cleaned is an expense and hassle most of us don’t want to deal with.
Many of us choose to invest in a home carpet cleaning machine. These machines can be had for less than the cost of one professional cleaning. They typically use steam and/or brushes, along with suction, to get stains out of carpets or simply give them a good maintenance cleaning. These machines usually come with a sample of cleaner that’s meant for the machine. However, buying another bottle for your next cleaning can be expensive. Why bother with that, when you can make your own carpet cleaning solution that brings great results at a fraction of the cost? You can clean your carpets more often, for a lot less money.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Your Machine
What you’ll need:
Fill your pitcher or bucket with 1 gallon of warm water.
Add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1/4 cup of the liquid dish soap.
Pour the mixture into your carpet cleaning machine’s solution reservoir. You may need a funnel if the opening is small. At this time, add a few drops of essential oil, if you like (lavender and grapefruit are both popular scents).
Pre-treat any stains with some of this solution or another spot cleaner of your choice. Brush lightly and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
Follow the machine manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your carpets.
Money saved. Carpets cleaned. Disaster averted!