About two years ago now (it really is shocking sometimes how quickly time passes!), I posted a “recipe” for a homemade cleaning solution for use in carpet cleaning machines. I still stand by that cleaning solution, and would recommend it to anyone! It’s easy to make and can save you quite a bit of money over those expensive store-bought cleaning solutions. But a reader recently told me about another homemade carpet cleaner that I was eager to try, and that’s what I’m sharing with you today! Because it never hurts to have options, right? :-)
Like the old formula, the solution I’ll be sharing with you today uses white vinegar to clean and deodorize. But this formula also packs an antibacterial punch thanks to the addition of Lysol concentrate disinfectant. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way, so a capful is all you need here! And apart from a bit of warm water, the only other ingredient in this recipe is rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, so adding it to a carpet cleaner solution like this can help your carpets dry out more quickly after you’ve cleaned them! These ingredients come together to form a powerful cleaner, and even the most stubborn dirt and grime won’t stand a chance against you and your carpet cleaner!
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Speaking of which, I also thought I’d mention that I ended up buying my own carpet cleaning machine. (I had been renting them pretty regularly for blog posts, so I thought it made more sense to just buy my own!) It’s called the BISSEL PowerForce, and I’ve really enjoyed using it so far! It’s much smaller and lighter than those rental machines, so it’s perfect for my home since only the bedrooms have carpet. If your home has a lot of carpet, you may want to look for a model that’s a bit larger than this one! But I thought I’d share, just in case you happened to be in the market for a carpet cleaner of your own. :-) Now, onto that recipe!
Homemade Carpet Cleaner Solution
Fill the water reservoir about halfway full with clean, warm water.
Pour the rubbing alcohol and Lysol concentrate into the reservoir too.
Finally, fill the remaining space in the tank with white vinegar. (Make sure to stop at the “fill here” line to make sure you don’t overfill the tank.)
Put the tank in place on your machine, and clean your carpets according to the instructions provided with your machine. The cleaning solution will dissolve dirt, erase stains, and eliminate germs, leaving your carpet softer and cleaner than you even knew it could be! :-)
Note: some carpet cleaner manufacturers claim using anything but their cleaning solution will void the warranty and/or damage the machine. Use your own judgement on this, but I personally have used many different homemade cleaning recipes in carpet and spot cleaner machines without any problem. Just be sure to rinse out your reservoir when you’re done.