Made with ingredients you probably have on hand, this non-toxic carpet cleaner is the perfect solution to remove tough stains.
Accidents happen and, at some point, stains are inevitable. Whether you have children or pets running around, or you accidentally spill a cup of coffee all over your gorgeous accent rug (GUILTY!), this natural carpet cleaner is the perfect non-toxic solution for cleaning almost any carpet.
- Two simple, non-toxic ingredients
- Cost-effective (commercial formulas often cost upwards of triple the price)
- Can be used on carpets, couches, rugs and even the interior of your car
- Cleans stains left from food, pets and life’s little messes
- Gets rid of odors
But does it really work?
This carpet cleaner is tough on stains—and when we say tough, we mean TOUGH!
We’ve used it on stains that seemed next to impossible to lift. Some of the most memorable: a paint spill (yes, we accidentally knocked over a gallon of paint onto the carpet), explosive baby poo (numerous times), dye from someone’s blue jeans on an accent chair and a gigantic mug of coffee all over our new-ish white rug.
Blotting vs. rubbing
It may sound silly, but the cleaning technique is as critical to removing a stain on your carpet as the cleaning solution itself. Your first instinct may be to grab a towel and start rubbing because it’s the quickest method. The problem is, this rubs the stain/liquid in even further.
Blotting immediately after a spill is the best way to successfully remove the stain. Start at the outer part of the stain and work your way in, blotting and dabbing the affected area. Once the towel is damp from pulling up the stain/liquid, you’ll want to grab a clean one.
What you will need
- 2 clean, dark-colored spray bottles (for storage)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- Distilled water
- A white cloth
What to store your cleaner in
You’ll want to store your hydrogen peroxide solution in a dark-colored spray bottle. We’ve had a lot of success with dark-colored glass bottles. We’ve used both chalkboard labels and a label maker to quickly and easily identify our cleaners. Why dark bottles? Hydrogen peroxide decomposes to water if it’s exposed to light.
Why is it necessary to mix the vinegar solution and hydrogen peroxide solution in separate bottles?
Contrary to what some DIY recipes tell you, you shouldn’t mix the two liquids in one bottle. Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are wonderful cleaning/disinfecting ingredients. Unfortunately, they don’t play well together when combined into one solution (they form peracetic acid). They CAN be used back to back when cleaning and disinfecting.
Do you need a final rinse with water?
This cleaner is safe to use without rinsing with water; however, some people prefer to take that extra step, just to be cautious. This is a personal preference and is totally up to you. We personally don’t do an extra rinse.Print
Made with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, this non-toxic carpet cleaner is the perfect solution to remove tough stains.
Mixing the solution
- Pour vinegar and 3/4 cup distilled water into a dark-colored spray bottle. (If you don’t have a spray bottle, pour the solution into a dark-colored glass jar.)
- Pour hydrogen peroxide and 3/4 cup distilled water into a separate spray bottle.
- Tightly seal and gently shake each to combine.
Before treating a stain
- Use a dry cloth to remove as much of the liquid as possible. You can do this by lying a dry cloth over the stain and pressing down with the heel of your hand.
- Blot, don’t rub!
- Starting with the vinegar solution, shake the mixture and spray generously on the stained or affected area. Dab out the stain using a cloth. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can also dip a cloth into the solution and dab it onto a stain. Again, dab, DO NOT rub. Never pour the solution directly on the carpet. Wait 5 minutes.
- Shake the hydrogen peroxide mixture and spray generously on the stained or affected area. Dab out the stain using a cloth, just as you did in Step 1.
- For extra tough stains: Place a 1/2-inch-thick stack of paper towels over the stain, then lay a glass baking dish on top.
- Wait for 15 minutes and then rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Then, place a dry towel over the stain and press down to absorb excess liquid.
- Allow the area to air dry. Do not walk on the area until it is dry (at least 24 hours).
- As long as you see the stain lightening, repeat 1-2x daily for 2-3 days until the stain is lifted.
Distilled water: We recommend using distilled water when making homemade DIY cleaners. Unlike tap water, distilled water has been heated to kill bacteria. This limits the ability for bacteria to grow in your homemade cleaning products, extending the shelf-life of the product. Distilled water is also stripped of minerals, which helps keep surfaces, like glass, streak-free (tap water can leave spots and residue).
Keywords: Carpet Cleaner, Stain Remover