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How to Make Homemade Carpet Cleaner to Spread With a Broom

Commercial carpet cleaners can be expensive, and many carpet powders simply add a scent to the carpet without necessarily cleaning it. You can make your own dry carpet cleaner to brush into the carpet. Using a broom, you can reach deep into the fibers of the carpet, deodorizing, cleaning and absorbing moisture.

Clean carpet with a homemade cleaner

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Borax
  • Container
  • Broom
  • Vacuum

Commercial carpet cleaners can be expensive, and many carpet powders simply add a scent to the carpet without necessarily cleaning it.  You can make your own dry carpet cleaner to brush into the carpet.

Using a broom, you can reach deep into the fibers of the carpet, deodorizing, cleaning and absorbing moisture. 

  1. Pour 2 cups of baking soda, 2 cups of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of borax into a container with a lid. This should cover a section of carpeting measuring 10x10 feet.
  2. Sprinkle a heavy dusting of the powder on your carpeting and brush the powder into the carpet fibers with a broom. Run the broom in all directions, working the powder into the pile of the carpet.
  3. Let the powder sit overnight when possible, then vacuum it up. The elements combine to absorb moisture, clean, deodorize and disinfect, leaving you with a fresh, odor- and bacteria-free carpet.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Borax
  • Container
  • Broom
  • Vacuum

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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