Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe

Consider saving money by making homemade carpet cleaner and stop spending extra money on much more costly cleaner products. We all need to freshen our carpets from time to time and if you have no time to shampoo your carpet or you are between cleanings, why not try this Eco-friendly homemade carpet cleaner.

homemade carpet cleaner

Carpets tend to hold smells and dirt, even after giving them a standard cleaning. By giving them a weekly cleaning with this carpet cleaner the difference will be very noticeable. The scent of this cleaner is a vibrant natural smell and will give your rugs a good freshening up.

I love it when I can make my own cleaning products, this saves me a bundle both in the short term and long term. The cost per oz. is cheaper then the store bought commercial ones. Plus with it being natural you don’t have to breath in all those chemicals that are often added to the generic options on the market. Whenever I can avoid harsh chemicals to use around my family then I am all for it.


Items Needed

  •     2 cups baking soda
  •     1/2 cup cornstarch
  •     1/2 cup cornmeal
  •     4 bay leaves
  •     1 tbs. of whole cloves
  •     1 tbl. Borax (optional)
  •     1 empty container with a sprinkle style lid.



  1. Measure all the ingredients and put in a blender. Blend on low til all mixed.
  2. Fill your shaker container with the carpet cleaner mix.
  3. Sprinkle on carpet and rugs.
  4. Let it sit for a few hours.
  5. Then vacuum.
  6. Enjoy your fresh scented carpets!


 Final Word: Homemade Carpet Cleaner

In the end I was quite pleased with the results. For my carpet cleaner container I used an empty plastic grated cheese container. I cleaned it out well and let it get good and dry as you don’t want any moisture to remain in the bottle. I also labeled the bottle and stored out of reach from children.

You could also use a glass cheese shaker. I found them at our local Dollar Tree, the shakers that have little holes in the aluminum lid. You could go with 1/2 tbs. of cloves instead of 1 tbs that should be enough to scent it. I did have to crumble the bay leaves by hand first, then add to the blender. It helped that I had all the ingredients on hand and overall I was very happy with how it freshened up my carpets and rugs.

This homemade carpet cleaner was so simple to make. The ingredients are all from the kitchen and are all natural. Each ingredient has a part in cleaning and freshening the carpets, the baking soda helps freshen and break down dirt build up. If you add the Borax it gives it a little extra cleaning power. The bay leaves and cloves help scent the carpet and they also offer antibacterial cleaning power.


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