Do It Yourself: Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Solution

By: Melanie of

We are all moms.  Therefore we understand that dirt is inevitable!

Do you know how harmful the conventional carpet cleaners are?

Hazardous ingredients have historically been a common feature among effective carpet cleaning products. For instance, 3M’s notable Scotchgard products contained perfluoro-octane sulfonate (POS), a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and potential hormone disruptor, as a key ingredient. Tetrachloroethylene, a “probable human carcinogen”, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and one of a number of materials thought to have potentially lead to the leukemia cluster in Woburn, Massachusetts, as portrayed in the film “A Civil Action”, has also been an ingredient in carpet cleaning products. (Daimer)

Need to cut grease and remove tough dirt from your carpet in an environmentally safe way? A way in which you are comfortable in using while your children are around?

Here is a simple formula for your next carpet cleaning endeavor!

3/4 c.    Very hot water

1/2 c.    White vinegar

1 tbsp.   Hydrogen peroxide (omit for dark colored carpets)

1 tbsp.   Liquid castile soap

1 tbsp.   Powdered citric acid

20 drops    Grapefruit seed extract

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well.

Pour formula into your steam cleaner and clean carpet.


Natural Home, July/August 2010


  1. 1

    Oh thanks … I love natural cleansers but never thought about carpet shampoo. Bet this solution really makes the carpet smell good, too!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    Thanks for the cleansers idea. My carpet needs it! I thought about maybe hiring someone to clean it, but this is more cost effective and probaly better for my carpet :)

  3. 3
    Rebekah Kuczenski says:

    I am definitely going to try this next time I have a stain on my carpet, hope it works!!

  4. 4

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I go through carpet cleaner like water! I love that it’s economical and eco-friendly!

  5. 5

    I’m trying to switch over… which reminds me I need to buy some of that castile soap soon.

  6. 6

    This is great! Thank you for sharing.

  7. 7
    Dandi D says:

    I am always looking for ways to be greener in my cleaning.

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