Five Minute Carpet Cleaner


There are tons of carpet cleaners available at any store you can think of. Some carpet shampooers require you use a certain product while others are flexible with what cleaner you use. I personally do not own a carpet shampooer and there isn’t an option to rent one on base in Okinawa. That’s okay though. You can clean your carpets by hand. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Having a handheld brush like the one I’m using for this project is smart because I can spot clean very easily if I need to. Things get a little messy here in the Johnsen household. I found this recipe from Jessica at Mom4Real and changed some of the name brand products she used for ones I know are less toxic.

For this recipe, you will need:

A gallon size glass container

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/8 cup dish soap

1 tablespoon OxiClean

1/2 cup fabric softener

Distilled water


Mixing spoon

Essential oil of choice (optional)


It doesn’t matter which order you add all of the ingredients in. This is just the way I chose to do it. First, I poured the fabric softener into my dispenser. I used Downy Free & Gentle. If you are familiar with the app Think Dirty, this product rates a 3 out of 10 on their scale. I use this fabric softener in my laundry routine on a regular basis.


Next, I added the dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. I used Seventh Generation’s version. Their dish soap rates a 1 out of 10 on Think Dirty. If I run out of Thieves dish soap, which you can learn about how to get your own bottle here, I prefer to use Seventh Generation’s option. I found my hydrogen peroxide at my local store. I didn’t look for anything special or for a particular brand.


The OxiClean product I used is the dye and perfume free option. It rates a 3 out of 10 on Think Dirty and I use it in my homemade laundry soap recipe as well, which you can find here.


Essential oils are completely optional, but I like to add a natural scent to my cleaners. I chose Thieves as my scent for this batch, which you can learn more about getting your own bottle here. How many drops you add is dependent on how strong you want the scent to be. I personally add about 30 drops, but you may want more or less. You’ll have to play around with it to find what works best for you.

Top off your container with water, mix well, and you’re done! You can add this cleaner to a carpet shampooer or scrub your carpet by hand. I don’t have a shampooer, so I use a brush and bowl to clean the three rugs I have. It doesn’t make sense for me to own a shampooer with such little carpeted surfaces in our current house.

Until next time,