I clean the carpets weekly. Well, daily..one room a day. Between kids, dogs and the cat I should probably clean every room every day but I don't have time for that. Cleaning carpets weekly uses a lot of carpet cleaning solution and that stuff is not cheap. One bottle is almost $20.00 and it lasts about 2 weeks at my house. It works great and smells awesome but $20 is a lot every 2 weeks for soap.
I decided I could make my own and for less and with less chemicals...and I did just that. I LOVE white vinegar. It doesn't smell great but it an amazing cleaner. I use it on everything so I figured I could use it on the carpets also.
I start by vacuuming. Instead of using carpet freshener I use baking soda. It is natural and is an excellent deodorizer. I sprinkle it around and vacuum like normal. Next I mix up my cleaning solution. I mix a little oxi clean with water and spray that on any stains that I find. I let it sit for about 30 minutes or so. Instead of using commercial cleaning solutions I fill the solution tank with 75% white vinegar and 25% tap water. It works great! The vinegar smell is strong for a few minutes but within 30 minutes there is no more smell. It leaves a fresh clean smell throughout the house. In all it costs me less than $1.00 to clean all of my carpets. White vinegar is a very inexpensive, natural cleaning agent that works great!! Do y'all have any homemade cleaning products that you love? We would love to hear about them!