Many people love the cozy and grand feeling their carpets give to the entire space. Not to mention how beautiful they can make a room look! But, they also need a lot of maintenance. Fortunately, you can easily preserve their quality and beauty. For that, homemade essential oil carpet cleaner solutions are a good choice.
In this article, you’ll be reading about:
- The benefits of natural homemade cleaners. Plus natural ingredients that go into their making. You’ll find here lots of interesting facts and details about these ingredients. Plus, why they act that way. It will help you understand why natural carpet cleaners are effective.
- Types of cleaners and homemade solution recipes for each. You’ll find blends for stain removal or general cleaning. You can choose whichever cleaning method you’re more comfortable with.
- How to choose the best essential oils for your household and family.
The Benefits of Natural Carpet Cleaners, and Tips
Whether they are expensive or not, all carpets need cleaning and maintenance. Like it or not, it can still be a burden to clean up, especially if you have a large family.
Before going into the natural ways of cleaning carpets with therapeutic oils, let’s see why do we still choose them.
In interior design, carpets play a significant aesthetic role. They:
- Change the whole décor of a room right after they’re introduced.
- Give a luscious feel and a smooth texture to your floors.
- Give a space authenticity and a luxurious feeling.
- Help you change the look of a room just by adding a carpet to its decor.
Besides all these visual effects, carpets also provide warmth during the cold season. If you have children, carpets protect them from hurting themselves while playing. For those who live in an apartment, they can also muffle sounds, etc.
Carpets need to be cleaned regularly. They can attract dust, fungi and parasites (if you have pets), especially if dirt and grime makes their way in.
Stains will always have to be addressed right away for better cleaning chances. I’ll give you some tips and even steps to follow in cleaning them, in the following paragraphs.
Commercial cleaners are very powerful in removing grease and dirt. The downside is that they come with a chemical smell and no added health benefits. They are also very harsh to the carpet fabric.
Commercial carpet cleaners can discolor the carpet and weaken its fibers. In a relatively short time, this leads to the wearing and tearing of the carpet.
However you choose to look at it, it is not cost-effective at all. The products themselves and new carpets can be very expensive.
A good homemade carpet cleaner has many benefits and advantages:
- It can maintain the aspect of the carpet intact, for a long time.
- It also protects the carpet’s fibers, lengthening its life.
- Helps remove stains, dirt and other residues.
- Kills bacteria and protects from allergens.
- Changes the bad odor that carpets get in time.
- Changes the ambiance of a space.
- It has therapeutic effects on the people living inside the house.
A good homemade carpet cleaner is that which doesn’t cost a fortune. It must also be easy to make and use. Essential oil carpet cleaners must also bring in new and interesting fragrances.
Here are the most popular and common ingredients used in homemade carpet cleaners:
a) Baking soda a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate
- It is a white powder that dissolves really well in water. According to science, it takes about 7.8 grams of baking soda per 100 grams of water to become soluble.
- It is an alkaline substance (basic).
- It does not have any smell and it’s often used to neutralize bad odors. It absorbs odors that are generally acidic.
- Baking soda doesn’t catch fire (non-combustible).
- The substance is also a safe chemical, which is why most households have it at hand.
Baking soda is a good natural cleaning agent because it is alkaline. It causes a chemical reaction when gets in contact with acidic substances.
This reaction is what makes it a useful cleaning agent. To make sure it reacts properly each time, shake its box periodically. The baking soda is also slightly abrasive and reacts with vinegar and lemon juice.
Is a fermented alcohol with a high acetic acid content and PH. Microorganisms don’t stand a chance in such an inhospitable acidic environment.
It inhibits the growth of mold and bacteria and even kills most of them. Vinegar makes a great cleaning ingredient in your essential oil carpet cleaner solutions.
Vinegar however, should not be used on other acidic stains like urine. The same goes for wet stains. They can react together and deepen the stain instead of removing it.
For wet stains, vinegar can take them deeper into the fiber and pad. The best use of vinegar in homemade carpet cleaners is for dry stains. It must always be diluted with water to avoid fabric discoloration. You should use only a quarter of vinegar (from the total amount of warm water).
Salt is very much like the baking soda. It also absorbs stains and odors because of its neutral, basic properties. Salt can be mixed with lemon juice, vinegar, rubbing alcohol and baking soda to remove grease stains.
d) Castile soap
It is highly known and popular around the world ever since the 16th century. It is a natural liquid soap made from vegetable oils (mostly Olive) and glycerin.
It is used in carpet cleaning because of the oils it contains. Grease is oily and another oily substance is able to remove the other easier. Castile soap is often used in homemade foam carpet cleaners.
e) Essential oils
Last but not least, essential oils are highly regarded as natural remedies. Studies confirmed their antibacterial and antifungal effects on viruses and bacteria.
These are concentrated plant extracts that are very active. Plus, they also have therapeutic benefits on the mind and body.
- They can increase your energy level and strengthen the immune system.
- Essential oils can also help you relax, feel and sleep better.
- And they can protect from viral infections, among others.
Natural ingredients support a healthy household, the environment and your wallet. They are also gentler with your carpets. This makes them ideal at preserving carpet color and texture for as long as possible.
Types of Homemade Essential Oil Carpet Cleaner Solutions (with Recipes)
Today, there are many available carpet cleaning methods. Professionals have special machines and products they use to clean carpets, rugs and curtains. Their services are very expensive though, especially if your home is big enough.
Cleaning carpets without their help is very much possible and it’ll cost you a lot less. This can even be turned into a fun family activity. Give everyone chores in preparing the carpet for a thorough cleaning. Fortunately, you can make your own homemade essential oil carpet cleaner solution to use.
Check out the following details and recipes and choose the one you like best. Happy cleaning!
Carpet Cleaner Spray
Carpet cleaner sprays are among the easiest to use. This way, it is also faster to spray the cleaning solution on a stain immediately.
One of the best universal essential oils is Lavender. It can be used in a home with children and/or pets. Here are a couple of homemade carpet cleaner spray recipes to choose from:
All-Purpose Baking Soda and Lavender Carpet Cleaner Recipe
- Spray bottle: 17 fl. Oz (500 ml)
- Salt: 2 tablespoons
- Water: ¾
- Baking soda: 1.38 ounces (39 grams)
- Lavender essential oil: 50 drops (~2 ml)
Add water then mix the salt with baking soda and Lavender; give them all a good shake to make sure the salts dissolve.
Lavender is a good carpet cleaner because of its antibacterial and health effects. It is also acceptable to use around babies, children and pets.
Yoga Mattress Essential Oil Cleaner Spray Recipe
- Spray bottle: 10 fl. Oz (300 ml)
- Water: ¾
- White vinegar: ¼
- Peppermint essential oil: 15 drops
- Orange essential oil: 25 drops
Combine all the ingredients and give the blend a good shake before each use. That’ll activate the oil molecules.
How to Use Homemade Carpet Cleaner Sprays
Spray the mixture all over the carpet or the stained area and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. You can wipe or blot the remaining excess or moisture with an old towel and let it dry very well. You can follow up with a good vacuuming.
Carpet Steam Cleaner
Steam cleaners use hot water to extract grime from the fibers. This can be done with special equipment (carpet cleaning machines).
They spray hot water with cleaning substances and vacuum up the dirty water. This is considered the most effective cleaning method, especially for soiled carpets.
Homemade carpet steam cleaner solutions can also do what chemicals do. They collect the dust and neutralize bad or stale odors and remove stains. The cleaning solution is very important here as it is the only one that does the job.
The machine itself is just practical and makes cleaning faster. If you don’t have one, you could rent steam carpet cleaners. But keep in mind that the owners and manufacturers advise on using their own cleaning products.
The downside to this method is that the carpets dry slowly. It can take a lot of time until you can walk on the carpet again. However, the method is non-toxic and non-invasive and very efficient. A bit of wait should worth the results and savings.
Steam cleaning needs preconditioning, followed by cleaning and conditioning:
- Sprinkle some baking soda carpet cleaner (recipe below) all over the carpet. Leave it on for about 15 – 20 minutes.
- Brush the mixture into the carpet fibers with a grooming brush.
- Vacuum the powder along with all dirt and residues. Since the fibers tend to tangle, vacuum in 2 opposite directions to ensure a good extraction.
- Spray some mildly acetic solution (vinegar-based) to restore the PH of the fiber. This step is important to neutralize the baking soda. This step softens the freshly cleaned carpet.
You can speed up the drying process with outdoor ventilation, de-humidifiers or fans. Plus, keeping windows and doors open will also help air circulate better.
Also, keep in mind that steam (moisture) treatment may cause some fabrics to shrink. Loose rugs or old carpets fall in this category.
Homemade Carpet Steam Cleaner Recipe
- Vinegar: ¼
- Hot water: ¾
- Essential oil (personal choice): up to 40 drops (depends on quantity).
Mix the ingredients and pour them into the reservoir of the steam machine. Use this recipe only after you’ve applied a precondition treatment with baking soda.
Baking Soda Carpet Precondition Treatment
- Baking soda: 2 – 3 cups
- Antibacterial essential oil: 30 – 45 drops
The antibacterial essential oil can be Lavender as it’s a great carpet cleaner. Or it can be any other essential oil you like (Tea Tree, Peppermint, Clove, Cinnamon, etc.)
Carpet Stain Remover
Stains are really nasty if they’re left unattended to. The longer they remain in your carpet, the harder it’ll be to get the stains off. Stains can cause permanent and deep damage to the carpet fiber and color.
If the stain is liquid, you can apply a handful of baking soda or salt on it. They will absorb the moisture and it’ll be easier to get the stain out. Always blot the stain instead of rubbing it. Rubbing increases the chances of permanent damage and stain widening.
If the stains are more solid, remove as much as possible residue before applying any stain remover.
Wax for instance, can be removed by placing a towel on it and steam ironing it for a few minutes. The wax will stick to the towel, making it easier to remove.
Homemade Carpet Stain Remover Recipe
- Sweet Orange EO: 15 drops
- Grapefruit EO: 15 drops
- Lime EO: 15 drops
- Vinegar: 1 cup
- Water: 2 cups
Plus baking soda!
Mix all the essential oils with the water and vinegar. Give the blend a good shake before use.
First, apply baking soda to the stain and wait until it’s fully absorbed. Then pour or spray the stain remover recipe. Blot the excess off after 10 – 15 minutes and let it dry.
This homemade carpet stain or spot remover is very easy to make and use. Plus, it brings a fresh scent to your home and can also lift up your spirit.
Foam Carpet Cleaner
Wet shampoo carpet cleaning is an old carpet cleaning method. Its place has been taken by the steam carpet cleaning method. Why? Because wet shampoo/foam can leave sticky residues in the carpet if not rinsed properly.
The whole process is a bit more time consuming as it requires more effort and time for drying. Smaller stains however, can be cleaned with a homemade foam carpet cleaner.
This type of cleaning solution can ensure a thorough cleaning and it’s also easy to perform on a smaller area. Unfortunately, bigger carpets can be a lot of work with foam cleaners.
Homemade Foam Carpet Cleaner Recipe
- Castile soap: 2 Oz (60ml)
- Warm water: half a cup
- Essential oil: 40 drops
Place these ingredients in a large pump bottle and shake well until you get a stiff foam. Pump out a moderate amount and rub it into stains and soiled spots on the carpet.
Remove the foam with a damp sponge until the carpet is clean. Once it is perfectly dry, you can also vacuum.
For even better results, for fresh liquid stains, you can once again use baking soda. Let it soak up the moisture and odor and then use the foamy homemade carpet cleaner above.
How to Choose the Best Essential Oils for Your Homemade Carpet Cleaner Solution
Essential oils are potent antibacterials. They need to be used carefully, especially if you are:
- On hormone-based treatments.
These are all special circumstances that need medical approval. Inhaling essential oils from a homemade carpet cleaner can cause complications. They can interfere with medications, induce seizures, etc.
If you have pets around, you should check out each oil before making your carpet cleaners. See the article about cats and essential oils ,for more details.
A good solution would be to use different carpet cleaners in each room. Use recipes that contain different essential oil blends, catered to the needs of each family member.
In the child’s room, you could use milder oils (Lavender, Chamomile). In your bedroom, any oils you fancy, and so on.
Essential oils used in carpet cleaners can:
- Kill bacteria, germs and certain viruses.
- Freshen up the smell of your home.
- Protect against mold growth and mildew.
- Disinfect the carpet.
- Create a more welcoming and clean environment.
Essential oils are natural, easy to use and very accessible. They’re also cost-effective, especially on a long term.
It is true that in certain homemade essential oil carpet cleaner solutions, they’re mostly washed or vacuumed away. But a carpet spray remover or spray cleaner will stay active inside your carpet for many hours. Thus, it’ll offer protection longer than commercial carpet cleaners.
It’s hard to overlook the benefits of natural remedies. Especially the effects of an essential oil carpet cleaner solution! It is considerate towards the environment and your health and it’s also easy on your budget. Commercial cleaners become harsher and stronger, but natural cleaners provide milder options.
Have you ever tried an all-natural homemade carpet cleaner? How did it feel like after using essential oils to clean carpets?