Carpet Cleaner for Steam Cleaning Machine

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Fauve

An inexpensive alternative to the store-bought variety. To check for color-fastness: test a bit of cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using the first time.

Top Review by My2Suns

Wow! This cleans BETTER than store bought cleaners, and just leaves a fresh, clean scent. The only modification I made was to make this "extra strength" because our shampooer mixes the solution with water in the machine. Thanks for posting! A great money saver!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup lemon-scented ammonia
  • 14 cup white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons ivory Joy dishwashing soap or 3 teaspoons any clear Joy dishwashing soap (non-moisturizer)
  • hot water


  1. Stir together the first 3 ingredients into a large (gallon-plus sized) container.
  2. Add water; enough to equal one gallon.
  3. Follow steam-cleaner manufacturer's directions for operating instructions.

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