Homemade Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaners

Carpet cleaning is a task that must be completed from time to time, as a vacuum cleaning will not always collect the odor, bacteria, and other elements that can often accumulate within the fibers of the carpet. While there are a variety of commercial carpet cleaning products available at nearly any grocery store, these items typically come with a price that we might not willing to pay. Instead of buying high-priced commercial products, make your own homemade heavy-duty carpet cleaner using household supplies.

Close-up of texture of carpet
credit: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Heavy Duty Cleaner and Deodorizer

For carpet that requires cleaning as well as deodorizing, sprinkle a thick dusting of baking soda over the carpet. Baking soda is inexpensive and can be bought in bulk, making it convenient for use as a carpet deodorizer. Baking soda quickly absorbs odor, as well as moisture, and works as a cleaning agent that is safe for carpeting. Allow the baking soda to work overnight and vacuum in the morning. You will be left with a clean, fresh carpet that is odor-free.

Heavy Duty Stain Remover

To remove stubborn stains from carpeting, mix one part water with one part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray directly onto the carpet stain, let sit for five minutes, then scrub with a cleaning brush to break apart the stain. Vacuum or wipe with a damp cloth when finished cleaning, to collect any remaining residue.

Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaning Solution

For carpeting that is heavily soiled and in need of a deep cleaning, mix equal parts of salt, borax and white vinegar. Make a large enough solution to cover the entire carpet, as you need to put a thin coating of this paste across the entire carpet. Using a cleaning brush, scoop this paste onto the brush, then scrub into the carpet. After you have cleaned the carpet, allow the solution to sit for three to four hours, then vacuum. The paste will now be dried and will collect easily with the vacuum cleaner. This heavy-duty solution will clean, deodorize and disinfect the carpeting, leaving it with a fresh, like-new look.