DIY Non-Toxic Carpet Cleaning

So one of my goals to accomplish as soon as school started was to clean my extremely dirty carpets. I have put this off all summer and it was time. In the past, I have always paid carpet cleaning companies to do this for me. This time, I was super conscience about the chemicals and wanted to find my own way. My mother in law owns a Rug Doctor, so I called her up and asked to borrow it. I spent a good amount of time on the internet researching safe alternatives to clean my carpet.

This is the best recipe I found:

1 gallon hot water

3/4 cup White Vinegar

2 cups baking soda

9 drops Lemon Essential Oil


I grabbed my bag of baking soda and sprinkled it over the entire carpet as well as the super bad stains. I put a large amount of baking soda on these spots then a splash of vinegar to get the stain fighting power activated. This will make the spot bubble and kids love to watch it.

After I made the solution, (do not put baking soda in it, this is for the pretreatment only) I put the liquid mixture into the rug doctor and it smelled amazing. I was worried the amount of vinegar would take over the aroma, but it did not. It smelled fresh, clean, and more importantly non-toxic! I really should’ve taken a before picture, but I was too embarrassed by how dirty my carpets were. So, here is the water that was left behind and here is the newly cleaned carpets.

This solution worked wonders and I now feel comfortable for my kids to wrestle and roll around.


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