Monday, October 21, 2013

Carpet Cleaner with Oxiclean

This one was sent to me via email and when I read the ingredients I was pretty excited. (Yes my life is pretty dull when I get excited about cleaning products.  Just last night I had a dream that I cleaned my whole house and I woke up really happy. I think I need a new hobby that doesn't involve cleaning)

  I really like the DIY carpet cleaner I have been using, but because it has hydrogen peroxide in it, it can bleach some darker carpets. 

Carpet Shampoo Solution
1 Cup Oxiclean 
1 Cup Febreze
1 Cup distilled white vinegar

Pour contents into shampooer tank and mix with hot water to fill tank completely. This will not only clean your carpets it will also deodorize. It will smell slightly of vinegar until the carpet is dry, then will smell like Febreze.

I didn't have any Febreze so I made my own.  I mixed all the ingredients together and got a fun little surprise.

Apparently Oxiclean and vinegar have a fun chemical reaction.  Fortunately the bubbles popped very quickly so I didn't have to wait long to continue with the experiment. 

The directions say to pour the mixture into a shampoo tank then fill the rest with hot water.  Because each shampoo tank is a different size I assume this can change the outcome.  My carpet cleaner is a little hand held one so I poured in half the solution, then filled up the rest with hot water.  
 The Verdict: Inconclusive.  Let me explain why.  I set up my carpet cleaner then pressed the button to spray the solution.  I got one good squirt, then a little dribble, then nothing.  The hose was completely clogged and nothing would come out.  Of course I immediately blamed it on the DIY solution I just put in (ignoring the fact that I've only used DIY products in that machine) then I got online to see what I could do about it. 

Apparently getting a clogged hose after about a year is very common with the particular brand I have, even if you only use the carpet cleaning solution that comes with the machine.  So I guess the homemade solutions aren't to blame. 

I found a tutorial online about unclogging the hose and got to work. As I was using the needle nose pliers to unclasp the hose, my hand slipped and I pierced a hole all the way through the hose.  The lovely un-lady like outburst I had sent our skittish dog scurrying to the other room.  Sorry Bud.

So now I had a new carpet cleaning solution just begging to be tested, and no machine.  Time to get old school.

I found a scrub brush, dipped it into the solution and scrubbed my carpet.  Then blotted up the extra with a towel. 

 It got a majority of the stains out but I had to scrub a bit hard. It also left little Oxiclean pellets behind, but they vacuumed up easily once they dried.

 I then tried a spot on the couch (I have no idea what it is, it just appeared one day) and it didn't even lighten it.

 So over all it worked pretty good on my carpet.  I like to think that it would work great in a carpet cleaner, but it will be a while until I can buy a new one and test it out.

If you have tried this solution before I would love to hear what you think about it. 


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  2. I always go hands on when it comes to cleaning up my carpet. I don’t just splash a cleaning agent on it; I brush it manually as well. And after that, I vacuum, and the rest is history.


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  4. Same with Deidra, I manually clean our carpet. It’s not that I’m skeptical with the carpet cleaner, but because I want to be personal on everything. But sometimes when I’ve got no time at all, I give the task to the professional carpet cleaners.


  5. I didn't know you could make your own carpeting shampoo! Very awesome..
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  6. Do you design this one? may i ask for a resource where you can get this kind of carpet cleaning infographic please?
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  7. The Oxiclean recipe has received mixed reviews from other DIY carpet cleaners. I guess it works for minor stains where you don’t have to do a lot of hard scrubbing. Also, it only works on spills as it’s not effective in removing the smell of urine from the carpet.

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  10. Again nice tips on removing spots but the biggest proble is to try and call a professional carpet cleaning company and make sure they use eco carpet cleaning products as well if you have children like

  11. There a few big spots on my carpet that I want to try and clean myself. I am glad that I came across this tip and I will have to try it and see if it helps get the stains. Was there anything that you found that works better than something else? Just let me know, I can't wait to try this and see if it get the stains out of my floor. If it does, I will be so happy because then I will know for future reference.

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  14. Uhh, this is a waste of time and effort, well and money.

    Mixing an Oxiclean (Sodium Percarbonate) product with vinegar yields basically the same thing as a kids science project of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar.
    You are mixing a weak acid (vinegar) with an alkaline (perCARBONATE/biCARBONATE).
    They react on contact and cancel each other out.
    You are left with an even weaker acidic or alkaline solution, depending upon whether you added more acid or base by w/w.
    And then, you weaken the resultant solution further by adding water....

    Google vinegar and carbonate, this is a hoax.

  15. I should try this one, and if I didn't succeed maybe I will just hire carpet cleaning services here in Dubai because of no time to clean everyday.

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