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DIY Concentrated Carpet Cleaning Solution

This concentrated homemade carpet cleaner recipe for machines will give you the cleanest carpets around while saving you money! Great for stain removal too! 
Keyword: homemade carpet cleaner
Author: Karrie


  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Tide Laundry Detergent
  • 1/4 cup Awesome cleaner dollar store brand
  • 1 scoop Oxiclean I used generic dollar store brand
  • 1 teaspoon Downy Fabric Softener optional
  • 1 gallon Hot Water



  • In a large bowl or pitcher, combine the liquid Tide, Awesome cleaner, Oxiclean and downy if using. Stir together with spoon until well combined. 
  • Slowly pour the hot water into the cleaning solution gently, so you don't make too many bubbles. Stir slowly and gently until all particles are dissolved.  
  • Pour into a gallon-sized container. Label outside of container: Concentrated Carpet Cleaner


  • Before you begin cleaning, make sure that your carpet has been thoroughly vacuumed.
  • Read the directions that came with your carpet cleaning machine for how much cleaner to add as some reservoirs are smaller than others. For typical carpet shampoo machines, pour 1/4 cup of this concentrated solution into your carpet shampoo machine reservoir. Then fill the rest of the reservoir with hot water. (**The ratio I use is about a gallon of hot water to 1/4 cup of this concentrated cleaning solution.)
  • Test this homemade carpet cleaner on a less visible area of flooring to make sure it's safe for your carpet and wait at least 24 hours for the test spot to dry to see the results.
  • Then you can run the machine over your entire carpet, making sure to show special attention to stains or spots. Wait least 24 hours for the carpet to dry and you're done!