Homemade Lemon Carpet Cleaner DIY - Everyday Essentials

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Baking soda and vinegar with cut lemon and lime

Homemade Lemon Carpet Cleaner DIY

carpet cleaner baking soda lemon vinegar DIY

No matter where we live, winter weather can wreak havoc on our carpets. We track in dirt, snow, slush, and everything else that gets stuck on our shoes and boots. If you’ve ever wondered if you can use essential oils to clean your carpets, the answer is yes!

It may not be the outdoors that is the problem. Pets, young children, or the occasional coffee spill can all leave stains that are difficult to clean up. Luckily, Lemon is a natural stain remover, making the essential oil a perfect addition to this natural carpet cleaner. Additionally, if you’re looking for other ways to incorporate Lemon and other essential oils into your cleaning routine, check out some of our favorites.

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Homemade Lemon Carpet Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water (tap water is fine)
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Make sure you shake enough so that the baking soda is fully dissolved. Spray directly on your carpet and work it in with a scrub brush or old towel. Soak up any excess moisture with a dry paper towel or dish towel. Be sure to test a small spot on your carpet for discoloration. Some stains may need to be treated more than once.


22 thoughts on “Homemade Lemon Carpet Cleaner DIY”

  • I have a 9 year old that still has some accidents while sleeping and it always seems to be the one night I let him sleep in the front room. This is my go to cleaner for the carpet and couch. Highly recommend.

  • Thank you for sharing this recipe! Trying it tomorrow with Tea Tree instead of Lemon. Here’s hoping it works to remove crayon drawings from the carpet 🙂

  • Arrowroot powder, baking soda, and a few drops of EO make a good carpet powder for vacuuming. I use a metal salt shaker to mix and sprinkle. I don’t have exact measurements- I use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of each powder/soda and about 5-6 EO drops- I usually use the expired oils in this manner.

  • TIP: This did take away the stain, however I did not allow the baking soda mixture to fully dry. It adhered to the carpet fibers. I took a wide tooth comb and rubbed the dried paste off the carpet. I vacuumed again and both the year old stain and the cleaner was gone. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I just used this after Having tried everything for the last six months to get a stain out of my carpet, and it worked! Bonus, my living room smells fantastic. Thank you!

  • I was wondering what other e.o.’s are like lavender, in that they antibacterial and kills germs and such? I just ran out of lavender and have eucalyptus globulus, a little tea tree, rosemary, marjoram, peppermint, cedarwood, lemongrass, cypress, abundance, and joy … I have about a cup left of raw Apple cider vinegar with mother and just bought a big box of baking soda tonight … So, do ANY of these have the same properties as lavender?

    TIA, Jeannine *smiles*

  • I have areas of my carpet that get the most foot traffic that could use some cleaning. I don’t have a steam cleaner and they are fairly large areas (maybe 10 x3 ft). I was thinking of something in a spray bottle, squirt on the large areas (get it damp, but not soaking wet), let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a mop? Could I use the steam leaner blend for that?

  • I have a steam cleaner. I used your recipe it worked like a charm. I just had to remember to put the same solution in the water tank, since the water tank pushes out water to mix with your solution in the small reservoir, I figured it would dilute my solution. I mixed everything according to your recipe and it worked great. I couldn’t wait to clean other rooms. The spot remover works as well. Thanks for your help. I now enjoy cleaning. It’s so much fun making your own products, and knowing that they won’t kill you. Essential oils have opened up a brand new world for me, and finding you was no accident. Thanks so much. Keep it going!

  • I just bought a carpet cleaner. Would it be helpful to the carpet if Germ Fighter was added to the mixture? If so, how much? Thanks.

      1. That is most certainly true. For a long time I never read the warranty restrictions and went full force with my DIY projects. I came to find out that most vacuum warranties only maintain the warranty if you exclusively use their branded products. It is a very good idea to check your warranties if that is of concern. Thank you for sharing this valuable piece of information.

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