Homemade Steamer Vacuum Solution

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like keeping a lot of chemical cleaners in the house. Not only can it be dangerous to keep a ton of harsh cleaners in a house with two young – and very curious – boys, but handling and breathing in those toxins can be harmful and very unpleasant. Plus, why spend so much money on crazy cleaning products when you can spend just cents making your own at home? Using things you already have in your house, you can make awesome and safe products that work like a dream.

Cue: a dirty carpet. Vacuuming picks up most things, but does nothing for stains. And with my kids running around, you know there are stains. So, I decided to make an easy, all natural steam cleaning solution to get those tough stains out. And even better? You can use it in any brand name carpet steamer machine.




Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution


  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 1 Tbsp dish soap (without bleach)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide (3% peroxide, the kind used for First Aid)


  1. Fill your machine’s water reserve tank with hot tap water. (One gallon ended up being exactly what worked with my brand.)
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of dish soap to the hot water. Do not use any dish soap that contains bleach. Make sure you do this step second so it won’t bubble everywhere!
  3. Add the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Clean the carpet with your machine as you normally would. You can rinse by using hot water, but I found it wasn’t necessary.

The 1 gallon of solution was exactly enough to clean our area rug. I made more and went over it a second time because we had some very severe stains from our two boys! It worked better than I expected, especially on the white areas of the carpet.

For stubborn spots, try extra spot cleaning with just a hydrogen peroxide treatment.





About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.

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