I was watching Avengers when my younger one spilled soda all over the carpet. I was like, “God! I gotta clean that again…”

Yes, you read that right. Again!

My kids are young and therefore, they always spill things all over the carpets.

And the only thing that I could think about then was that I don’t really have the budget to call carpet cleaning professionals repeatedly.

Yet, me being me, I wanted to see what Captain America does next.

So, I sat and continued to watch the movie because I felt a bit sluggish and didn’t want to clean it right away.

Should have known – biggest mistake of my life!

My woolen carpet soaked it and started stinking after a while.

I thought of calling in the experts but I knew I couldn’t call them for every little spill.

There had to be a better and eco-friendly solution.

I researched about the various ways to make shampoos that can clean carpets and used them.

Some worked while others didn’t.

Now I don’t want you’ll to waste time in using methods that don’t work so, I’m sharing the ones that worked for me.

I’ve tried and tested these.

4 DIY Shampoo Recipes to Clean Carpets

1. Synthetic Carpet Cleaner at Home

You’ll need the following.

  • 1/2 gallon of water
  • 1/2 gallon vinegar (white)

Now follow the procedure below.

  • Take a bucket and mix both the ingredients.
  • Make sure they are well combined.
  • As per the manufacturer’s instructions, add this solution to your carpet cleaning machine and begin to clean.
  • Make sure not to wet your carpets too much as they may shrink.

2.  Shampoo for Lighter Colored Carpets

You’ll need the following.

  • 1.5 quarts hot water
  • One tbsp dish soap
  • 7-8 drops of essential oil
  • 4 tbsp, 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide

Now follow the procedure below.

  • Hydrogen peroxide is the main ingredient of this recipe. But before using the formula, use it on a small part of your carpet.
  • It is important to check if the solution is compatible with the carpet or not.
  • Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Stir them until combined.
  • Pour this solution into the water reservoir along with hot water.
  • Use it to clean carpets.

Don’t use the solution on dark colored carpets it will de-color your carpet and leave spots.

3. Carpet Shampoo for Carpet Cleaning Machine

You’ll need the following.

  • 2 tbsp ammonia
  • 1 tsp liquid dish soap
  • 2 cups of rubbing alcohol
  • 10-12 drops of essential oil

If you use a steam carpet cleaner, you can bid goodbye to the harmful cleaners recommended with it.

You can use this recipe instead. This recipe uses cheap ingredients to make the solution and works like magic.

  • Take an empty gallon sized container.
  • Combine all the ingredients in the container, along with lukewarm water.
  • Add this solution to the reservoir of the cleaning machine.

Note: Since the solution isn’t concentrated, you will not need extra water.

This homemade cleaning solution not only cleans your carpets, but you can also use it to mop floors and clean your bathroom.

4.  DIY Enzyme-Citrus Cleaner

You’ll need the following.

  • 7 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups of lemon and orange zest
  • 1-liter water
  • A container like a bottle to hold the liquid and peels

You may already know about how the enzyme can break down stains and odors.

So, by using this recipe you can ditch all those carpet cleaners and prepare a similar product at home that is as efficient as them.

However, you will need a little patience as this is a bit time-consuming.

Follow the steps below.

  • Add brown sugar, lemon and orange zest in the container.
  • Pour water and place the cap tight.
  • Shake it thoroughly for the ingredients to mix well.
  • Now leave the cap half open so that the gases formed are released to make sure your container doesn’t explode.
  • Keep the solution untouched for about three months.
  • After three months, it is ready to use
  • Spray it directly onto the stain, and with a clean cloth pat the area.
  • Let it dry and vacuum like usual.

6 Benefits of Using Shampoo as a Carpet Cleaner

Using carpet shampoo has a number of benefits.

Here are the 6 best ones!

  1. Carpet shampoos are really effective. It leaves your carpet clean, healthy, and tidy.
  2. It’s one of the easiest method to clean your carpets.
  3. You need to soak the carpet with the carpet solution and then use the carpet cleaning machine. This ensures your carpets are cleaned thoroughly.
  4. Among all the methods, carpet shampooing is the most affordable.
  5. You don’t need to invest in costly equipment or solutions.
  6. Carpet shampoos can remove more soil from the carpet as compared to other methods.

In spite of using DIY cleaning methods, there are some stubborn stains that only the carpet cleaning professionals can remove.

Hence, it’s advisable to get in touch with them at least once or twice a year or as often as you need.

Dri-Masters for Professional Carpet Cleaning Services

If you are looking for carpet cleaning in Columbia, you can get in touch with Dri-Masters who have been in business since 1992.

They are a family-owned and operated company.

You can call them on 888-763-9794.

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