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This homemade carpet spot cleaner took less than 10 minutes to make with ingredients that I already had in my house. It has no unpronounceable chemicals or questionable additives, and it cleaned up the spots perfectly! How cool is that?

Why We Need a Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner

If you have an active household like we do, you will end up with spots on your carpet or rugs. Sometimes there are pet messes, kid spills, or just everyday dirt and grime being tracked across the carpeting, making a huge mess that doesn’t always come up with the vacuum or a damp cloth.

We recommend a homemade carpet spot cleaner to get the job done, since commercially available cleaners are typically full of toxic chemicals that you don’t want to breathe in or come into contact with. In the picture below, you can see what the homemade carpet spot cleaner foam looked like after I mixed the ingredients. All that from less than 1 cup of liquid, thanks to the natural dish soap. You can also try Dr. Bronners Castile Soap, though in our experience, it doesn’t foam quite like this!

homemade carpet spot cleaner foam

This all-natural carpet cleaner should work fine on furniture also, but I haven’t tried that yet. If you want to try it, just do a test in a corner that’s not easily visible. That’s a good thing to do with any new cleaner you use, whether it’s natural or not.

DIY Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner by Mama Z


  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 3 tbsp soap – can be castille soap or a natural dish soap
  • 3 drops essential oils


  1. Use a bowl you can run a hand mixer in.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Use a mixer to whip on high and create a lot of foam. The foam is what you want to use to clean the carpet.
  4. Use a brush to scrub the foam into the carpet.
  5. Wipe with a damp rag.
  6. Shake or mix before each use to make foam.

Essential Oils to Add to Your Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner

The essential oils are optional, but oh-so-nice to use. They make this homemade carpet spot cleaner smell good, and they do help clean! Following are some ideas for essential oils that clean:

Want to try some other essential oil cleaners? Here is a stain remover for clothes and an all-purpose cleaner.

Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner for a Naturally Clean Home

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