Homemade Carpet Shampoo

This is a homemade cleaning solution to be used in your Hoover SteamVac or other carpet cleaning machine.

Homemade Carpet Shampoo

You will need:

To make:

Pour  Febreze, OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover (not OxiClean detergent, etc.), and white vinegar into a quart-size container or similar. Mix. Pour 1 cup of this mixture Into the cleaner’s reservoir. Carefully add hot water to the fill line—the hottest you can get from the tap, or heat it on the stovetop.

To use:

This is the solution I use in my Hoover SteamVac for challenging situations, like EC Central that gets a lot of traffic. Full instructions here. Once I’ve cleaned the carpet thoroughly I fill Hoover with clear hot water and go over the carpets again to rinse.

This homemade solution should not leave residue on your carpet fibers (I rinse just because I’m especially paranoid about removing all residue) and will not cost a fortune to shampoo the whole house.

Carpet cleaning solutions can be expensive. A small bottle that normally cleans one to two rooms is approximately $15 to $20. Making this recipe should cut that cost down to $5 or less if you get the ingredients on sale. 

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7 replies
  1. Cally Ross says:

    Thank you for this recipe, i’ve been postponing cleaning carpets because of the cost and ineffectiveness of store bought cleansers.
    I appreciate your boldness in including the lyrics for How Deep the Father’s Love For Us. The world would be a much better place if Jesus was Lord of every heart and home.

  2. Angie says:

    We have carpet we purchased last year and it was treated with ScotchGard. Will this solution remove the ScotchGard? Am a bit hesitant, but want to clean my carpet!

    • Mary Hunt says:

      I don’t know. But would you rather have treated dirty carpet, or clean carpet you can retreat? Just a thought … I will do some research and report back here with what I find.


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