A Natural Alternative to Shampooing Your Carpet
A dirty, stained carpet can really distract from the appearance of an overall clean house. As a mother of 2 young boys, and 2 dogs (1 large, 1 small) I am no stranger to dirt, spills, and "whoopsies." After about 2 years of only spot cleaning our carpet, it was starting to look worn down and just dirty all over. I needed to do something about it.
Not only can the cost to rent a shampooer or steam cleaner be costly, you then have to buy their shampoo or cleaning solution to use with it. Many off the shelf carpet cleaners use chemicals to get your carpet clean. These cleaners sometimes actually leave a residue that can cause your carpet to get dirty again faster! Having small children who spend a large portion of their days on the floor and put everything, including their hands, in their mouths, make this even less desirable as I definitely don't want my kids or pets ingesting these chemicals.
Here's What I Use
After searching and asking around to my natural momma friends, here is the solution I ended up using that worked for me.
- 3/4 cup white vinegar*
- 1/4 cup washing soda**
- About 3 liters of hot water
*Add the ingredients in this order! If you add the water first, and follow with vinegar and washing soda you will overflow! I learned this the hard way.
**You can probably use baking soda instead if you prefer, but I haven't tried it.
To clean my carpet I used a friend's Kirby vacuum with the shampooer attachment, only instead of using their foaming shampoo, I used this. It wasn't foamy, but man was the water in that thing dirty, and my carpets haven't looked this good since we moved in! It took up all of the stains in our carpet, including a coffee stain that had been sitting for months, as I was too lazy to move the couches to clean it.