DIY Spot Carpet Cleaner {perfect for cars!}

10/26/2012. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

A Hand washing a blue car with a sponge

So those of you with children or pets in particular might be interested in this little tip to easily spot clean carpet stains.  You can use this in your home or use it in the car.

I am not a messy or dirty person by nature, I am actually one of those people that can’t sit down if there are dirty dishes in the sink.  I have always had a clean car- with the exception of a notepad and a stray water bottle I really do keep the car fairly tidy.

No matter what I do, however, my children seriously trash my car.  It makes me CRAZY to see little crumbs on the floor, stickers, dirty seats from where they used the car cushion as a step stool to get into a car seat…  Really, really maddening.

So I found this recipe for a DIY spot carpet cleaner and I wanted to share it with you.  It worked perfectly on my car yesterday and today the car looked so clean and smelled good.  I am really happy about how this worked out.

The best part is you don’t have smelly chemicals, expensive products to buy and you can make this yourself with what you probably have on hand already.

So here is the simple recipe for the DIY Spot Carpet Cleaner:

1. Mix 1 tablespoon dish soap (I used a clear version but the magic blue Dawn would probably be OK too.) and 1 tablespoon plain white vinegar into a spray bottle.  You can also add a little essential oil if you like, I added lemon.

2. Add 2 cups of warm water.  Shake.

3. Sprinkle carpet to be cleaned with baking soda (you can mix the baking soda with essential oils as an air freshener.  Let this sit for a few minutes or even overnight.

4. Vacuum and spray the solution liberally onto your carpet.

5.  Let this sit for a few minutes and then use a sponge or rag to dab at the excess solution.  Now up until this point I did not notice any difference at all.

6. Use a little elbow grease to rub the solution over your stain.  Let dry.

And that was all it took!  Super simple and the car upholstery really looks great.  It isn’t a perfect solution but I am really happy with how it turned out- here are some before and afters of our car:



And the car seats:


And I can tell you today the car smells great- the vinegar and the baking soda deodorize so my poor car was nice and fresh again today.

One last tip, I like these little towels from the Dollar Tree for projects like this.

And here are a few other things you might be interested in:

I strongly recommend spot testing this on your carpet or upholstery in an inconspicuous spot to be sure it won’t stain or discolor your carpet!

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