DIY Carpet Cleaner

DIY Carpet Cleaner

I want to tell you about a DIY Carpet Cleaner that requires only 3 ingredients and $3 to make!!

It is amazing and can be used to spot clean stains or use in a carpet cleaning machine!!!

Just take a look at the before and after pics below.

diy carpet cleaner solution

Pretty amazing huh???

Cleaning is one of my least favorite chores. It’s at the very bottom of the list of things I enjoy doing.

If you’re a mom like me, cleaning can take up ALOT of your time.

It sucks.

There’s no other way to put it.

This is a picture of my daughter’s room.

It’s a shit hole.

Lucky for me, I can just close the door and forget about it.

I do it all the time.

It is super frustrating, but I don’t want to waste MY time on HER mess. The problem has made me cry many, many, many times before, and I wrote a blog post about it called How I Maintain My Sanity While Living With a Slob.

Anyway…back to my DIY Carpet Cleaner.

I have been cleaning shit out of my carpet for years and years and years. It usually starts with me walking into a room to find a pile of dog shit, dog piss, or maybe even some slime. After the initial discovery, I usually cry and ask myself “WTF??? Why does this keep happening to me???”

After my meltdown, I make the magic work.

I’ve got the entire process down to a science.

I use a Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner like the one in the picture below.

This is the actual carpet cleaner I own. It’s amazing and cost less than $200 ($160.13 to be exact)!!

You’ll get your money’s worth out of it in no time.

Professional carpet cleaning in my area costs about $99 for 5 rooms. So…if you clean 5 rooms twice, you’ve already got your money’s worth.

Ok, so…moving on.

Below is a picture of dog shit/diarrhea all over my “nice” living room.


I just walked past the room and “BOOM” it glared at me. There was no door to shut.

No way for me to pretend this nightmare of a mess doesn’t exist.

Real nice!!!

Ugh…….time to get to work!!

There’s no rocket science to it and I don’t measure the products out.

I just “wing” it.

I fill the solution compartment with a mixture of white vinegar, dish soap, and ammonia. You can purchase all three for $1 each at the dollar store.

diy carpet cleaner

I fill about 90% of the compartment with vinegar, 10% ammonia and a good two or three big squirts of dish washing soap.

That’s it!!!

You can use only vinegar and dish soap if that’s all you have on hand, but I think the ammonia gives it a little extra “kick”.

The secret to getting the biggest bang out of your cleaner is to use VERY, VERY, VERY, HOT water.

Make sure you “spot test” a small area before you get started!!!

Ok…So let’s take one more look.

Here’s the before:

Here’s the after:

I have used this mixture to spot clean smaller stains out of the carpet without the carpet cleaner. I have found that what works best for spot cleaning without a carpet cleaner is to put the solution in a spray bottle, wet the stain with very hot water and spray the stain with the solution. You can let it soak for a bit or try to rub it in a bit.

When I spot clean, I also like to sprinkle borax on the stain. (Don’t ever add borax to your carpet cleaner!!!! Trust me…I did it and it was a nightmare.)Borax is gritty and will really add some power to your spot cleaning solution. After I have given the carpet a good scrub, I pour more hot water on it and blot it dry with a towel. You may have to do this several times. After I have removed as much water as I can, I sprinkle baking soda on it and let it dry.

Baking soda is amazing at pulling liquids out. Let it soak overnight and then sweep it up with a broom and dustpan. After you have swept up any big pieces, vacuum the remaining mess.

I really want to hear what you think!!! Do you have any great DIY cleaning tips???

Let me know!!!!

Please note: Mom Says The F Word participates in the Amazon Affiliate Program. I was NOT paid to endorse the Hoover Carpet cleaner mentioned in this post. It is the actual carpet cleaner I own and I love it. It has saved me tons of money over the years. If you want one for yourself, click here, and grab yourself one!!! If you make a purchase from a link on my website, I receive a small amount of compensation, which I use to fund this website and bring you cool ideas and tips!!

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