Money saving carpet cleaning solution - Eugene Places & Faces

Spring cleaning entails getting the dirt out of corners, in drawers and in those "hidden" areas we ignore throughout the year. It also means cleaning the carpets.

Carpet cleaning solutions can be expensive. A small bottle that normally cleans one to two rooms is approximately $15 to $20. There is a homemade solution that will not leave residue on your carpet fibers and will not cost an arm and a leg to shampoo the whole house.

For heavy traffic areas, spray the carpet cleaning solution on the area and use a rag to blot some of the dirt off the carpet before shampooing. Blotting the stained area will soak up the dirt and lift it toward the surface. If you rub the carpet, it will only push the soil around.

The carpet shampoo solution is safe for use in any of the steam cleaning machines. The professional steam cleaners, the home use shampooers and the spot cleaning machines all work well with this solution.

To make your own carpet shampoo, you will need:

1 cup OxiClean

1 cup Febreeze

1 cup distilled white vinegar

Pour the contents into the shampooer tub. Finish off by filling the tub with hot water.

The solution cleans your carpets and will deodorize them. There will be a slight vinegar smell until the carpets dry. Be sure to spot test, however, the solution should be safe for all carpets.

Homemade Febreeze and OxiClean versions can be used in place of the brand name items. There are several Febreeze recipes:

1 cup fabric softener

1 cup of white vinegar

2 cups of water

2 cups water

1 cup fabric softener

3 cups water

3 tablespoons fabric softener

3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol

2 cups of warm water