DIY Natural/Organic Carpet Cleaner

Household cleaners are notoriously loaded with caustic and toxic chemicals, so trading them in for green cleaning products is one of the first steps organic consumers take. 

After a while, however, we tend to figure out that we can use common household ingredients like vinegar and fresh lemon juice to create do-it-yourself versions that get the job done effectively and less expensively. Add your favorite natural/organic essential oils, and you can customize your cleaners’ scents—an added bonus. 

Today’s DIY carpet cleaner recipe contains only three nontoxic ingredients: 

  1. Baking soda, which gently scours surfaces while absorbing odors
  2. Natural liquid soap (made from vegetable or nut oils)
  3. 100% pure natural/organic aromatherapy essential oils 

Aura Cacia, a manufacturer of natural and certified organic essential oils, recommends using deodorizing oils like bergamot (a refreshing citrus), coriander seed (like bergamot, with a woody nuance) or lavandin (a cross between true lavender and spike lavender) in today’s homemade carpet cleaner.

DIY Natural/Organic Carpet Cleaner

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 18 drops natural/organic essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap 
  1. Mix baking soda and essential oil.
  2. Add liquid soap and mix, until a creamy paste forms.
  3. Apply to spots on carpet. Scrub and blot dry.

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  • greenclean  August 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    great site .happy to have came across it ,found not only one a but a few interesting and helpful articles ,never would i have thought about the essential oil mixture ,thank you will give it a definite try ,keep posting green articles ,definitely came back to read more!

  • London Cleaning Services ltd.  August 4, 2010 at 7:24 am

    We tried lately using that method for cleaning of our customers’ carpets and both us and them were really satisfied with the results, so 2 thumbs up from us for the article.

  • Maria Hill  August 7, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Great tips of carpet cleaners. All of these are great products which is very useful for us. I am also interested in your article, it has great information about Organic Carpet Cleaner. Thanks…

  • mesa carpet cleaning  August 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

    When you get into water and soaps you end up leaving behind a film that attracts more dirt. So while you could clean is a biologically sensitive shampoo or cleaner you’ll still leave behind the film. If you accept that, knowing you’ll be cleaning more often use a soy based cleaner. No, you don’t have to stick the the manufacturer’s product.

  • marietta cleaning  October 26, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Using soap and water is good in cleaning carpets but soaps really suck because of the white chalk that can be seen when it dries up. So with the DIY/organic carpet cleaner it would be a good help and after cleaning your carpet are looking new again.

  • carpet cleaning md  October 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Great carpet cleaning tips! Sounds like you know your stuff. Thanks for the post!

  • carpet cleaning md  October 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Great carpet cleaning tips! Sounds like you know your stuff. Thanks for the post!
    I like it so much…

  • carpet cleaning arkansas  November 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    let’s keep it green guys and do our share in lessening our carbon footprint here on earth…

  • carpet cleaning ny  December 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Organic cleaning has really lifted the business up in the recent years. Especially in New York.

  • carpet cleaning ny  December 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    We agree also, green cleaning products are all the customers ask for.

  • John Sheppard  January 30, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Who would of thought there were green alternatives when cleaning carpets. Will need to look into these alternatives.

  • carpet cleaning knoxville tn  February 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Nice sharing! Thanks for posting your ideas on carpet cleaning too. I also check out my carpets back home if the need cleaning and if the chemicals used are safe for my pets. Nice post!

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