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.
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.
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.