If you are not keen on using chemicals when it comes to cleaning your carpets, you will find that an effective one can be made from baking soda. By combining it with other substances, you will be able to create a cleaner that will leave no residue or harsh aromas.
Step 1 - Materials
Start by determining the quantity of carpet cleaner you will need, which will help you to get the correct amount of raw materials. For this step, you will need to think about how often you intend to use the carpet cleaner and the surface area that the carpet covers. Once you know how much you need, you will be in a position to gather all the materials that you need. An empty spray bottle can be bought from a hardware store and should be of a large enough size to hold the entire quantity of carpet cleaner. You should ensure that it can be closed with a watertight seal. Baking soda is cheap and easy to obtain, while white vinegar should be chosen over any other types as it is less likely to leave a strong odor.
Step 2 - Experiment
Depending on how you intend to use the carpet cleaner, you may find it prudent to do some experimentation on the concentration levels. For carpet cleaner that will be used on stains and heavy soiling, a mixture of straight white vinegar and baking soda will be most beneficial. However, for general cleaning, the solution can be diluted with water and still be effective. A quarter cup of baking soda should be combined with a pint of white vinegar as a base. From this point, the levels of ingredients and concentrations can be adjusted to create small test examples.
Step 3 - Test
Before committing to a combination of white vinegar, baking soda and water, you should test different examples to ensure that it works with carpet and that it does the job it is intended for. Make up different amounts by reducing the amount of ingredients to scale. Apply a little of the solution to an inconspicuous section of the carpet where cleaning is required and determine how well and how quickly it works.
Step 4 - Combine
Once you're satisfied with the levels and concentration of the ingredients, you will be in a position to combine them to make a full amount. If necessary, use a funnel to deposit the soda into the bottle. The entire quantity can be put in. If the carpet cleaner is to be diluted, the vinegar and water should be mixed together before being added to the bottle. This will create a reaction, so it should be done little by little, allowing the solution to settle between each additional amount of liquid. The spray top of the bottle can then be tightly screwed back into place before the bottle is gently dipped back and forth to thoroughly combine the components.