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Homemade Carpet Cleaner Solution

The best ever concentrated homemade carpet cleaner solution recipe for machines. It's easy, costs only $1 per Gallon to make and is tough on stains.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cleaning
Cuisine: DIY
Keyword: carpet cleaner solution, homemade carpet cleaner
Servings: 1 gallon
Author: Karrie
Cost: $1


  • 2 Tbsp liquid Tide laundry detergent
  • 1/4 cup LA's Totally Awesome cleaner
  • 1 scoop Oxiclean (3 tbsp)
  • 1 teaspoon Downy fabric softener optional
  • 1 gallon hot water



  • In a small bowl, combine the liquid Tide, Awesome cleaner, Oxiclean and Downy if using. Stir together with spoon until well combined. 
  • Add mixture to a gallon of hot water, stirring gently so you don't make bubbles. Stir slowly and gently until all Oxiclean particles are completely dissolved.  
  • Use immediately in your carpet cleaner machines or pour into a gallon-sized container with a lid. Label outside of container: Concentrated Carpet Cleaner.


  • Before you begin carpet shampooing, make sure that your carpet has been thoroughly vacuumed.
  • It's a good idea to 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.
  • 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, fill your reservoir with hot water. Then pour 1/4 cup of this concentrated solution into your water filled reservoir.
    (**The ratio I use is about a gallon of hot water to 1/4 cup of this concentrated cleaning solution.)
  • 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!  


 Add leftover concentrated solution it to an empty gallon container, label it and store it in a cool and dry place. It will stay good for 6 months or possibly even longer.
 Make a stain pre-treat mixture by using a 50-50 mix of the concentrated solution and water. You can add it to a spray bottle or just use your fingers to dab a bit of it on the stain. Let it sit for 5 minutes then shampoo over it. Repeat if necessary.
 This is a personal preference as most die-hard carpet cleaners out there say that if any cleaning product is left on our carpets, it will attract more dirt and you'll end up with dirty carpets. So if you'd like to take that extra step, feel free. I personally like the smell and softness the downy fabric softener leaves behind and my carpets haven't had stains come back in the same places. The solution is so diluted down that I'm not worried about it. So I don't do the extra rinse personally myself.  But it's totally up to you to do what you feel is best here.
Disclaimer: make sure and read your instruction booklet that comes with your carpet cleaning machine for warranty information. Some machines warranties are no longer valid if you don't use a certain type of cleaner with the product. AND of course, always test a small area of carpet for colorfastness before you do the whole floor.