Friday, July 15, 2011

The Perfect Fabric and Carpet Cleaner - I Mean It!

You know how I love a good cleaning product!  Especially when I can mix it up from ingredients I already have on hand.

Well, when reading a newsletter from one of my favorite blogs, Grocery Shrink, one of Angela's readers shared a fabric and carpet cleaner that doesn't need to be rinsed out (most cleaners leave a dirt-attracting residue if not rinsed after cleaning).  I really liked that idea and decided to try it out.  

One of my chores this week was to detail my car.  Inside and out.

I found more than a few stains on the carpet and upholstery.

 This was actually a rust mark.

I mixed together 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and dipped a clean rag into it.  I simply scrubbed the stain with the damp rag and the stain came right up.  Amazing.

All clean!

Next up, carpet.  This was mud, I think,but who really knows.  Anyway, I used the same procedure as above and it worked.

After just a few seconds of scrubbing, it looked good.  I had several spots on the carpet that came with the car (we bought it second hand) that I was able to clean up with this mixture.  I'm loving it.

Just mix up as much of this cleaner as you'll use at one time as it looses effectiveness over time.   Also, hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach and could possibly lighten dark fibers.  You should do a small test area in a hidden spot before cleaning a large area. 

Because I'm married to Commander Careful aka Sargent Safety, he asked me to remind you to never mix ammonia with bleach.  It's poisonous and can kill you. 


  1. I'm all about making my own cleaning products so I'll keep this recipe and give it a try. Thanks!

  2. I am so using this tomorrow (I hope I have enough peroxide) My hubby dumped a whole cup of coffee, (well, actually it was the cat's fault) all over my carpet yesterday! Thanks so much!

  3. Thanks Kelly. I just had new carpet installed and this will be great for keeping it looking new. Luckily, it's pretty light but I'll definitely test first. I'd also love to hear more about how Jayme's husband and the cat conspired to spill an entire cup of coffee. I hope nobody was hurt. :-)


  4. I agree with Colleen - Jayme, can you please about your adventure on your blog? I'm sure there's a funny story that only you can tell. I'm really surprised there wasn't a chicken involved.

  5. I was JUST wondering what I could use to get the stains out of the one area rug in my apartment - thanks!

  6. Thanks for the info! Got a real nasty stain on the carpet of our rental house, can't wait to give this a try before the new tenants move in...

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