Cheap carpet cleaner

When you have three small kiddos and two big dogs….the carpet gets dirty. I use a steam cleaner monthly on my carpets, but there are times when the kids spill something brightly colored like a blue icee or the dog is kind enough to throw up whatever treasure he gulped down when he was outside.  In either of those cases, the carpet steam cleaner isn’t enough.  I’ve tried several different store bought solutions and none is as effective as what I am about to tell you!  I read online (probably via Pinterest) that you can mix ammonia with water in a squirt bottle to use as a carpet cleaner.  It WORKS!  Let me show you how:

  • First, mix half water and half ammonia in a squirt bottle.
  • Grab your iron and a white towel.
  • Generously spray the stain, lay the towel on top, and iron over the stain.  The color of the stain and the solution will transfer to the towel. Repeat if necessary. Stubborn stains may take a few times.  It’s pretty cool to watch., BUT beware it STINKS! Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area!

Here are a few pictures of a blue icee stain before and after!

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Below are the steps to follow!

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4 thoughts on “Cheap carpet cleaner

    • Not sure about towel…I have only ever tried it with a white towel. The towel protects the carpet from being scorched from the heat of the iron and absorbs the color of the stain. It would probably work with an off white towel or similar color. Hope this helps!

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