I can’t remember where I first got the recipe from, but we shared it on our blog roughly two years ago and it’s genius.
All you need are two ingredients plus water and a tiny bit of elbow grease. One is a common household item & the other one of our favorite essential oils! This post contains affiliate/distributor links that support Kids Activities Blog.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe
Use bottle of hydrogen peroxide that is 1/3 full. If you have a full bottle, either pour some of it out, or use another dark colored bottle. Any clear or semi-translucent bottles will break down the hydrogen-peroxide neutralizing the cleaner.
Fill the bottle the remaining 2/3 of the way full of water. Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake lightly.
The peroxide breaks down stains and the lemon oil helps release sticky particles.
Liberally spray the carpet with the cleaner mix. After the mix has set for a min or so, use the scrub brush to loosen the fibers. The yucky stuff moves to the surface. Use a rag an wipe the carpet, blotting out any liquid.
Repeat a couple of times until your carpet is clean.
You can also use this cleaning mix on upholstered furniture.
Be careful on some carpets. It did not affect our car carpet, but hydrogen-peroxide has been known to lighten darker flooring. Test it behind a door to make sure that it won’t lighten your spread.
If it bleaches, dilute with more water.
For super stubborn stains, or say gum ground into your carpet, try the steam cleaner! Bet you didn’t think of these ways to use a steam cleaner.