How to make carpet shampoo at home? I’m a foster mom for a local animal shelter. That means I take care of pets that aren’t always potty-trained properly. I want to use something inexpensive and non-toxic.
Sara Shepard, Grants Pass
I’m happy that you take care of animals that need a home. Moreover, I understand that you’re dealing with unpleasant messes sometimes. So let’s go over how to make carpet shampoo at home to save you money. We’ll start with homemade pet stain and odor remover.
First, you’ll need two cups of white vinegar, two cups of warm water, and four tablespoons of baking soda. Once you’ve blotted up as much of the urine or feces as possible, spray this mix on the carpet. Let it work for five minutes. Then pat it dry with a clean cloth. The stain should be gone. If not, try the next recipe.
Sometimes you need an enzyme cleaner to deep-clean pet odors. But let me tell you that this recipe won’t be ready right away. It takes three months to ferment.
To mix it, you’ll need seven tablespoons of brown sugar, one and a half cups of lemon and orange peels, and a liter of water. Once you shake it well, loosen the lid of the container to allow gas to escape. See the full directions here: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/diy-homemade-carpet-shampoo/
But instead of waiting for a solution, try the next cleaner on tough dried stains. It contains one cup of baking soda, one teaspoon of dish soap, and one-half cup of hydrogen peroxide. You can pour it directly on the spot, then scrub with a soft brush.
Finally, the article I referenced above has instructions for other homemade cleaners. They include shampoo for light color carpets and carpet cleaning machine solution. No matter which you choose, they all use inexpensive household items.