Three Natural Alternatives To Commercial Carpet Shampoo

Posted on: 4 March 2015


Many carpet shampooer instructions will tell you that you must use their brand of carpet shampoo, or else your results will be disappointing. Though this is probably partially a marketing effort, it's also because each carpet shampooer combines the shampoo and water in different volumes. A different brand of carpet shampoo might be the wrong strength; your shampooer might use too much or too little of it to clean effectively.

So, you shouldn't use Brand X detergent in Brand Y's carpet shampooer. What about when you don't want to use carpet shampoo at all? Are there natural cleaning products that chemically sensitive people and those who are allergic to conventional cleaners can safely put in a carpet shampooer? Here are three suggestions:

Just use really hot water.

If you don't have pets or kids, your carpet is probably not so heavily soiled that you really need any more than hot water to kill bacteria lingering within it. Make sure your shampooer really gets the water hot. Some just spit out lukewarm water, so you may want to replace your shampooer if you have this variety. Put water in both the water and the shampoo compartments, and wash away just as you would if you were using shampoo.

Add a little white vinegar to your water.

If your carpet is a little stinky, vinegar can help remove the stink. It's especially good at neutralizing the scent of pet urine.  Vinegar is acidic, so it's not the best thing for your carpet cleaner and may cause it to break down faster than it would otherwise. However, you are saving money by not using expensive carpet shampoo, so decide for yourself whether this is a risk you're willing to take. Don't add vinegar to the shampoo compartment, since you'll then have no control over how much is used. Make a mixture of ½ cup vinegar in a gallon of water, and use this in both the water and shampoo components.

Sprinkle your carpet with baking soda before shampooing.

Whether you use plain water or water and vinegar, this little step will boost your cleaning power. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet before shampooing it. Let it sit there for a few hours to absorb odors. When you shampoo, it will get worked through your carpet and sucked up by the shampooer.

Don't neglect cleaning your carpet because you're afraid of leaving chemical residues behind. Dirty carpets are often laden with bacteria and allergens, which are as bad for your health as the chemicals in carpet shampoo. Using one of the alternatives above will allow you to have clean carpet without the fear of chemical residues.

If these methods aren't enough to clean your carpet, you may need to contact a company like Atlantic Carpet Care to come in and do a professional cleaning for you.