Carpet cleaner is always something I’ve wanted to make myself. After you clean the carpets, those chemicals from the cleaner are in the carpets with little hands, feet, and sometimes faces right there with them. This carpet cleaner works awesome, and so much better than anything else I’ve ever used! It’s so easy to make.
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1 Milk Based Soap Bar or Ivory Soap
2 1/2 gallons of Water (split)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Super Washing Soda
(FYI: This batch makes a 2 1/2 gallons, so you will need a large stock pot)
First, place the stock pot on the stove, and turn the burner on high. While the pot is heating up, cut up your soap into small pieces. Put the soap in the pot, let it start to melt.
Pour in 1 1/2 gallons of very hot water. This will help ensure the soap continues to melt, rather than slow the process. Gently stir the water, and only keep the pot on the hot burner until all the soap is melted.
Once it’s melted, remove the pot from the heat, and add the borax, and the washing soda. Stir until they are dissolved completely. For the final step, add one gallon of cold water, and stir completely. Pour your carpet cleaning solution in clean milk jugs (or another method with a screw on cap). You may want to place a small amount in a clean spray bottle for in between cleanings.
To use you carpet cleaner as a spot cleaner, apply a liberal amount of cleaner to the stain. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes or longer. Apply another small amount to the spot, again, and then scrub with a clean, dry rag vigorously. Repeat as necessary.
To use you carpet cleaner to clean your entire carpet or a large area, fill a bowl with the cleaner and saturate a heavy scrub brush. Scrub the areas vigorously and allow to dry for at least 12 hours (best to allow to dry overnight).
Keep in a cool, dry place. It should last for several months. For best results shake before using.
**Note that this solution has not been tested with a cleaning machine, so I cannot recommend that method.