Thursday, April 1, 2010

Frugal Friday: Homemade Carpet Steamer Shampoo

Several years ago I purchased a Dirt Devil Carpet Steamer.  This was definitely a good investment.  If you have kids or pets it is almost a neccessity! 

The carpet shampoo for the steamer is very expensive.  I have never seen this product on sale or coupons for this product.  Even the generic ones cost around $10 a bottle at Wal-Mart. 

I found a recipe for Homemade Carpet Steamer Shampoo in "The Naturally Clean Home" by Karyn Siegel-Maier.  If you like to or are interested in learning how to make homemade cleaning supplies this is a great book.

Homemade Carpet Steamer Shampoo

  • 3/4 cup very Hot Water
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablepoon Liquid Castile Soap (available at health food stores)
  • 30 drops Thyme Essential Oil (also available at health food stores)- this provides antibacterial properties and a very refreshing scent
Pour all ingredients into a container with a pour spout (or you can use a funnel) and blend well.  Add the formula to the appropriate compartment on your steam cleaner and clean your carpet according to the manufacturers directions.

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  1. As I was vacuuming our living room rug I just minutes ago I was thinking I need to shampoo it. I'm going to see if they carry that Castile soap locally. I'm bookmarking this so I don't forget the recipe! Thanks. :)

  2. Amy--

    I just purchased the Naturally Clean Home book and was looking at this recipe (I had seen it on your blog a while back!) Anyways, I was wondering how much success you've had with it. We're getting ready to move into a new home and really aren't prepared financially to have the carpets professionally cleaned--but the previous owners have pets and we have a little girl who will be crawling on the carpets---and we really want to get them cleaned beforehand.

    thanks a bunch!

  3. Rachel,
    I really like this recipe. I have used it mostly for spot cleaning but I have used it a few times for cleaning high traffic areas. I think the results are as good as with the store bought stuff.


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