Our house was having this weird…”What’s that smell?” moment the other day and I was really having a tough time trying to find it. It went from sniffing couches, bathrooms, even myself to make sure there wasn’t random B.O. accumulating.
As a general desire to stay clean, the entire house would be washed, through and through…No surface was left untouched. Except for good ol’ carpet.
Let it be noted that I loathe carpet. I dislike it’s ability to soak in food, drink, and smells. I mean, how could I not do the carpet? Yes, we vacuum, but a deep clean with a steamer and solution was definitely necessarily and very long overdue.
When you babysit children, have a lot of house traffic, a dog, and an athletic crew taking up shop there is no amount of extra cleaning you could do that would substitute for cleaning your carpet on the floor of your home.
After looking up and down for some healthy and inexpensive methods of carpet cleaner, I finally settled on a base recipe found here and then changed ingredients out based off of my personal experience of cleanliness and smell preferences.
- 1½ quarts of hot water
- ¼ cup of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1½ tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap
- 1/3 cup of our DIY Laundry Detergent (find that easy recipe here)
- Start with boiling your water on the stove.
- Let the water cool while you collect the other ingredients or while you get the DIY laundry detergent together.
- Add the hydrogen peroxide, liquid castile soap, and the DIY laundry detergent last.
- Give your mixture a quick stir.
- Pour into your steam cleaner.
- Vacuum your floor and pick up any debris on the floor.
- Grab your steam cleaner, clean your floors, and embrace that amazing smell!
Note: The fragrance that you chose for your Dr. Bronner’s soap will be the smell you’ll have throughout your home. The peppermint was amazing and stayed around until the end next day. The citrus is also a nice variation to try because it leaves behind a clean, fresh burst.
How do you like your carpet cleaner? Does it smell so much better? Let us know how it went Millennial in the comments below!