How To Make Homemade Carpet Cleaner

You don’t need toxic carpet cleaners that contain harmful chemicals to remove carpet stains. All you need is a simple homemade carpet cleaner that is very effective but also inexpensive to make.

Most commercial carpet cleaners contain copolymers, methylisothiazolinone, alcohol ethoxylates, and artificial fragrance, which make the carpet cleaners harmful for the environment but also quite dangerous since some of these substances are cancerogenic.  

If you make your own carpet cleaner, you can use only safe ingredients that won’t cause any problems for the environment and you will not put your health at risk. And all you have to do to make it is pour the ingredients in a pitcher and mix.

You can use this carpet cleaner with a carpet steam cleaning machine or apply it to the carpet stains and scrub with a bristle brush.

DIY Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe

This quick and easy carpet cleaner recipe uses only 5 basic ingredients. While the ingredients are inexpensive, this carpet cleaner will definitely get rid of any stubborn carpet stains, leaving behind a lovely citrus scent and a perfectly clean carpet. This Wellness Maker solution also works great for rugs and upholstery that needs cleaning.


  • Large pitcher;
  • Spoon or spatula to mix;
  • Bristle brush; or clean cloth;
  • Spray bottle.


  • 6 cups of hot water;
  • 2 tablespoons of Castile soap;
  • 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar;
  • 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide;
  • 15-20 drops of lemon essential oil.


Add all the ingredients in the large pitcher.

Use a spoon or spatula to stir gently.

Transfer the carpet cleaner to a spray bottle and use as needed.

How To Use The Clean Your Carpet

Start by vacuuming the carpet. Make sure you use horizontal and vertical motions to remove all the dirt, dander, and hair.

Test the carpet cleaner in a hidden spot. While this cleaner is safe for most carpets and rugs, it is best to test it first since some rug fabrics can be very sensitive to cleaners.

Spray the carpet cleaner directly to the carpet stains.

Use the bristle brush to scrub and remove the stains. If you cannot use a bristle brush or any other brush on the carpet or rug, use a clean cloth soaked in the carpet cleaner.

You can also use the carpet cleaner in the carpet steam cleaning machine if you have one. Just poor the solution in the machine and use according to the instructions.

Why Lemon Essential Oil

Truth be told, you can use any essential oil in this carpet cleaner recipe. We like lemon essential oil because, besides its lovely citrus scent, it has purifying properties that makes it perfect for cleaning purposes.



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