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AWESOME DIY CARPET CLEANER!

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104 thoughts on “AWESOME DIY CARPET CLEANER!

  1. Do you have any tips on cleaning carpet

  2. Is there a scent that a dog would not like? I have been cleaning carpet and I have found an area that is not good (just gonna say it like that, use your imagination). I don’t want the dog go back to that area.

  3. But dies this actually clean like the title says?

  4. Do not use any powder on your carpet. You’ll be aging your carpet rapidly. Consult any steam cleaner and confirm what I’m telling you.

  5. Would this help for cats mine pretty much just up and quit usin her litter box

  6. how much baking soda do i use x

  7. wow!!!! you are so creative!!!! great job!!

  8. nice

  9. Oh my gosh how do you come up with this stuff!!!!! Such a great tip!! Trying this today!!!

  10. Here’s a link to a natural spot carpet cleaner! 🙂

  11. Deodorizer, I thought it was a DIY Cleaner 🙂

    1. Lillian Lee Okay! Same thing I was thinking… just watched the previous video with another lady doing exactly same thing and all her comments said don’t do this… but a deodorizer makes more sense, there really aren’t any cleaning ingredients in this…. I use it for the smell

  12. Good Idea Thank You!

  13. Peppermint oil keeps spiders away too.

  14. I can’t afford essential oils at this time … can one use peppermint (or mint) extract that you get from the baking aisle at the grocery store instead?

    1. +Barbara Eyre Not sure if you could do that but Walmart has some small bottles of essentials oils I think in the vitamins area. I think I paid 54 for a small bottle of Eucalyptus. Smells minty and what I did was mix it in a bowl with a fork first before putting it it into my container to avoid the lumps. If you do try the baking goods oil let me know how it turns out! They have a almond one I have as well in my baking cabinet!

  15. i here that peppermint also keeps bugs like spiders and ticks away so if you are living in an area where that is a problem this might help too.

  16. I see you have a Dyson-I’m currently shopping for a vacuum as mine has just died. My son keeps telling me to get a Dyson-have you had good luck with yours? Most reviews are 50/50. I want to make sure I make the right decision for the kind of money they cost.

  17. I put the combination of fabric softner and baking soda in a bowl then add to a mason jar with parmesan lid. Sprinkle on mattress to kills dusts mites/fresh up.  Let sit for hour. Swept up with vaccum. 

  18. Omg I have the same vacuum as you

  19. This was a good idea-tried it but I think I put too much peppermint oil in the mix-definitely good for my sinuses tho-next time I will tone it down a little! lol

  20. Oh wow I have the same vacuum.  This is great, will try making.

  21. I made the carpet smell good n it does work thsnk u.

  22. I tried this today and it worked amazingly! I mixed it with lavender oil and left it for 30 mins since I have 3 indoor dogs and it smells so good. 🙂
    Thank you!!

  23. sweet thank you!

  24. Your idea about the carpet cleaner is AMAZING…. i have used it a few times and have passed the idea over to friends….. We r in the UK so thanks for England xxxxxx

  25. Cool.

  26. I just shampoo the carpet as the seasons change, spring, summer, fall. Try to avoid winter because it may be slow to dry. Mommy’s Helper (nice addition)

  27. I love your nails!

  28. I love the tip of using the old parmesan cheese container.  I love repurposing old containers such as using old glass spaghetti sauce jars instead of mason jars.

  29. Neat!! I love that you re-purpose old containers. The Parmesan cheese container is perfect. Where do you keep them all after you clean them but before you use them? That’s the only thing I struggle with. I think I could maybe use it for something but I don’t have something I need it for immediately and my instinct is to always throw things away because I don’t like them hanging around.

  30. I take 2 cups of baking soda and mix with one drop of sage essential oil (very strong smell, so I am conservative with the sage) and use that to deodorize my litter box, and it doubles nicely as carpet deodorizer. And for those asking about it here, I know that baking soda is safe for cats, because the humane society website recommends it for the litter box. As with anything, you wouldn’t want them to ingest lots of it, that could make anyone sick, but if they feel it is safe, then I feel safe with it. Also, I have used the mixture with the one drop of sage oil (I had read up that sage was okay for cats in limited amounts, and one other, which I forget at the moment) and baking soda in my long haired car’s box and he does just fine with it, and does not mind it at all. Just make sure you mix the baking soda and essential oil really well before using. Also, another site I had read up on natural recipes, recommended lavender essential oil in the mix too. Some oils are okay, some are not, I just suggest doing your homework before using other oils.  Thanks for all your tips Kathryn!

    1. Oh, and also, Arm & Hammer cat box deodorizer uses baking soda as well. =)

  31. Great Idea! I love your nail polish 🙂

  32. Deodoriser ≠ cleaner, but thanks for the tip.

  33. I just tried it and it works really well. 

  34. The lid from a Parmesan cheese container also fits on a mason jar. 😉

    1. @Babycakes6211 Mind blown!  Awesome! 🙂

  35. I can believe how big Carson is getting. He is too cute.

  36. Great idea thanks for sharing. 

  37. I use baking soda, as well.  I make my own sprays from organic lavender I grew.  Smells so sweet!

  38. LOVED this! thank you so much!  xox

    1. @Kathryn A Fisher Thanks, Kathryn. <3  (Awesome name!)

  39. Thanks for the idea. I am going to do this for my couch!

  40. That room looks soooooo COZY!!!

  41. Thanks for the great tips. Carson was so cute helping Mommy!

  42. I’ve used baking soda on carpets before, but never thought of putting essential oils in it!  Great idea, Katherine!  And any normal vacuum should be able to handle a light sprinkling of baking soda on carpet, guys!  Vacuums are made to pick up dust, you know!  

  43. in my opinion another christmas smell would be a blend of pines I love the NORDIKA FOREST from Divine Essence it includes Balsam fir, black spruce, white pine, spruce hemlock I love it!!!!

  44. Always love your DIY ideas and tips!  I bet the peppermint really does smell amazing!  My favorite candle this time of year is the BBW Twisted Peppermint.  The peppermint scent always puts me in the Christmas spirit 🙂

  45. Wow…….what a great DIY cleaner…so going to try this, thanks so much for sharing.  Love your little guy helping out, how cute is that !

  46. I’m sooooo doing this!

  47. I have severe anxiety, so I like to use lavender oil. It helps keep me calmer and less anxious. I’ve noticed that it really works well for me. Love the idea of peppermint oil though. I wonder if it would help my morning sickness as well as smelling and drinking my peppermint tea does? Hmm. I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the great tip, Kathryn! Love your videos so much! 🙂

  48. I love this! I have been buying this from the dollar store but they barely give enough to do one room, If you look at the sizes they are a dollar yes (and still cheaper) but they are a smaller can than walmart or anywhere else.

    I love this product because it does make the room smell nice and its easy to use, But I always run out so fast

    I was wondering how often do you have to make this? Or do you know like how many rooms you can get done with one of your parmesan cheese canisters 🙂 ? Thanks for the videos!

  49. Always so helpful. Thank you 🙂

  50. An added bonus to the great smell of peppermint is that bugs don’t like it and it can be used as a natural bug repellant. 

    1. ooh thanks for that tip!! Now i will definitely use it!!

  51. Omg!!! Incredible! We have 4 cats and 4 dogs and is very complicated clean the house.
    I hope so this idea works! Thanks!

  52. i do the same thing on my sons bed if he has a accident and of corse with anit bacterial spray  

  53. Don’t use peppermint oil around cats. They detest the smell and it works as a cat repellent for plants and such. Source is the essential oils and aromatherapy book. Tfs

  54. Genius .Not surprised 🙂 🙂 thanks xx

  55. I just love you and your videos!! =D

  56. Love it, how you get from this kind idea? Really awesome thanks.

  57. I have done this for years. My favorite is to put chocolate oils(used in making soap) and peppermint oils together….smells wonderful!!!!

  58. Great tip! Thank you! I love your nails’ design 🙂

  59. What a great idea..I love this

  60. I love peppermint scent. I’m totally trying this…thanks so much.

  61. Sure could have used his little vacuum cleaner starting with my first born…now he does a great job vacuuming at his own home; he has twin boyzz …Mom of 5

  62. title says cleaner not deoderizer.

  63. Love this tip, thank you so much!!

  64. Tyfs

  65. Lisa Engelbrekston, I’d like to see your research on that.  Because I looked it up and that is false.  No where did I find anything saying that putting baking soda on the carpet is harmful to cats.  I’m sure its not safe to give them a bowl full of it, but to sprinkle it on the carpet and then vacuum it up is not harmful.  So please research things before you post them.

  66. I love your nails in this video. Is it a polish or wrap.

  67. Don’t do this if you have a cat!!!! When cats clean their feet, it gets into their digestive systems and because they can’t process sodium bicarbonate, it builds up in their kidneys and can cause early death and renal failure. 🙁

  68. AWESOME idea!!! I normally use plain old baking soda.. I never thought to add essential oils!!! 

  69. Thank you for this video.

  70. Ohh, great idea! I’m going to make this. Subbed!

  71. Brilliant idea to add the oils!  Thank you 🙂 ♥ Elle

  72. Thanks for am the videos you do!

  73. You have the cutest lil helper 😀 !!!  Carson is adorable!  Love this idea, I am  using this since I have two doggies. Your glasses are so cute.  I just ordered some that look similar from Zenni.  Thanks for sharing another great tip

  74. Fantastic idea !!  Oh my…your little boy is growing fast !!

  75. Love this idea!

  76. great share. will try it. mommy’s little helper is so cute. he’s growing so fast.

  77. I LOVE this idea!! BTW- it is also pet safe! Cesar Millan recommends this for carpet cleaning and making a paste out of it to scrub dog bowls. 🙂 

  78. I put water & my oils in a bottle & spray it. The baking soda can get into your sweepers motor. I’ve had vacuums “blow up” on me from different powders I’ve put on my rugs 🙁

    1. Just a quick additional tip I use water & my oils as a fabric softener, instead of dryer sheets :). But yes shake as oil & water doesn’t mix well 😉

    2. @Elaine Maez just shake the container of essential oil drops in water before each spraying

    3. @SafePet Haven Brilliant tips! I had no idea powders would ruin vacuums. I thought of using an organic clove essential oil to dilute it (the good stuff is pricey & I’m allergic to synthetic fragrances), but oil & water don’t mix. How may I make a solution to use for spritzing? I don’t want to use my organic peppermint oil, since it reminds me of toothpaste. I use both oils for body pain from severe fibromyalgia. Thank you 🙂

    4. @DoItOnaDime I’m all for less-toxic products in & a round the home so I support sharing uses for baking soda, & similar items. However, not all essential oils are created equal even if the human nose thinks they smell alike. Many scented products are in fact quite toxic even if they “smell wonderful”.  Certified organic essential oils are the safest but not necessarily safe to use around all people due to allergies, asthma, and specific sensitivities to even the organic components of certain essential oils.  Now, on to the topic of even small amounts of baking ol’ soda [or the noxious commercial “Carpet Fresh” products] to freshen carpets [where the underlying pad may actually be the culprit for lingering/chronic odors:

      I  have had my bagless Dyson canister for many years, and it has never had an issue because I take excellent care of it; likewise I do not vacuum up things I should not be doing & have never used the baking soda freshener because I have 100% ceramic tile floors throughout the home due to health issues. And yes I was in serious denial that carpeting could actually be THAT toxic; well, they are, & that does not even address the issues of what gets tracked onto them from the great outdoors, none of which can be thoroughly disinfected via warm water or even so-called steam carpet shampooing cleaners. They do not get hot enough to kill bacteria and viruses, the sources of the icky smells & unhealthful things.  Please take this seriously as it really is a source of ill health both directly and indirectly, & we do it to ourselves unknowingly. See EHC-Dallas and others for the substantiation for this info.

      But I digress.  I did great consideration for a long time before recently spending a ton of $ on the new model Dyson cordless stick vac, because – at least in theory – it would be easier for me with 6+ ruptured discs – at all 3 spinal levels – to be dragging the heavy canister vac throughout the house, all to prep the ceramic tile floors prior to disinfecting them with my Vaporetto [and yes, the Vaporetto gets to temps above the boiling pt of water as it’s in a pressurized chamber]. But that’s not what I was getting to: I had some initial problems w/my brand-new Dyson stick vac & took it to the local Dyson branch office/repair service station.  While there [and they have THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE by the way], we were chatting about the simple display items there in the lobby, and tips on maintenance etc. Yes they have a showroom demo area staged with carpeting & other mockup cleaning scenarios to show why Dyson vacs are what they claim [yes even the staggering $].  Without even bringing up the specifics of the Carpet Fresh et al products, I said that I appreciated them NOT having the strongly scented C.F. products all around because they make me very ill.  

      The mgr there said that he agreed that those “freshener/deodorizers were awful, and also [with no prompting or lead-in from ME], that those shake-on products, including “just baking soda”, were the “worst thing you could do to your vacuum cleaner”, yes even bagless ones, & specifically Dysons, because that’s what he got to repair all day every day by folks bringing theirs in for such problems.

      You’ve had no problems to date by using “clumpy” baking soda on your carpets. But over time, you may have been just lucky at dodging those inevitable vacuum ‘bullets’. I cannot afford to replace ANY vac frequently, and certainly not the very pricey Dysons. But except for some design issues with the cordless stick vacs [all models of the Dyson cordless sticks to date] I do love my bagless canister Dyson.  

      All I can say is please heed the warning of other commenters here, AND the warnings of the manager of Dyson’s own repair center located in the huge D/FW Metroplex area, & avoid vacuuming up things that, over time, may be sending your Dyson to an early death or at the very least to an early repair trip.

      He went on to elaborate that minute particles indeed can & do get past the sponge washable filter that’s ahead of the motor, as well as the permanent fiber filter below the washable one.  Apparently there is yet another level of filters, but they are deep inside the vac near the motor itself & dis-assembly is required to access it, so is not mentioned casually because as the repair mgr stated, it’s tough to get to & they even have specialty tools to tear them down to that level; “we don’t expect the consumer to be doing that as routine maintenance”.

      My best “tip” for preventing as much of the “ick/odors” factors getting into your carpeting/pad in the first place, is to have AND MAINTAIN an excellent door mat at EVERY entrance/exit to your home & garage; and even consider adopting house rules about removing outdoor shoes at the exterior doors, & that indoors there are to be sock feet only, or indoor-only slippers worn. That would certainly help with the daily “cross-contamination” scenarios.

      Well that wraps up this novel regarding the primer of environmental illness LOL
      But it is a very serious topic. Learning these things over thirty years ago literally saved my life.

    5. @amidlifewoman Thanks for sharing your experience!  Boo!  We have a no-bag Dyson, and it’s always handled it well.  I also don’t put to much down (just a light dusting) so I don’t know if that makes a difference.  Definitely make sure it will work with your vacuum.  Appreciate you sharing!

  79. I would go ahead and spray the carpet with essential oils diluted with water or something and then go back and put baking soda on the carpet. That way you don’t get those clump balls that form from putting oil directly onto the baking soda.

    1. Wouldn’t it make more sense to put the baking soda on, get rid of the smells, and THEN spray with diluted essential oils to finish?

    2. @BuildYourHome Love that!  Yes, the wetness of the essential oil does make it a bit clumpy.  Thanks for sharing.  Brilliant!

  80. Great tip to add the essential oils I always did it with the baking soda alone. Thank you

    1. @Flor Ochoa Thanks for watching, Flor! 🙂

  81. Great tip was going to try this did the baking soda one for the fridge and its great with open cat food in there there’s no gross smell when you open the fridge!

    1. @Ann marie White Yes,  LOVE that! 

  82. Your nails look amazing Kathryn:)- omg Carson is the cutest little boy ever – thanks for the video😘

    1. Yay- thanks !!!!

    2. @Kurtrina Harmon Aw, thanks, Kurtrina!  I’ll give you one guess where they are from….video to come on that!  Hehe!

  83. I use Spruce oil. I love the smell and my carpet looks so much better.

    1. @shannlob Love that!  YUM!

  84. I will definitely try this.

  85. great ideal! Tfs

    1. @Michelle Pempton Thanks, Michelle!

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