How to Clean Carpets Naturally

It is getting to be that time of year when we will be spending a lot more time indoors. In our home we like to clean our carpets about every 6 months with focus on cleaning them in the fall and in the spring. Whole house carpet cleaning can become costly so today I will show you not only how you can clean your carpets yourself to save money, but how to clean carpets naturally without the use of toxic chemicals or fumes.

Now if you do not own a steam cleaner already, you can rent one from your local home improvement store. However, if you are ready to purchase a steam cleaner, I highly recommend one that will give professional quality results. We use a Bissell ProHeat which has a heated water option and built in dyer so your carpets get the professional clean you need, without leaving your floors soaking-wet afterwards. They are dry within no time at all!

Now on to what products to use. Since your steam cleaner heats the water and dries the carpet, this helps to ensure that your carpets will not leave any residue behind. Residue that’s left behind can cause a mildew smell from dampness and/or can actually attract more dirt and build-upon your carpets. The key here is to leave your carpets clean and dry after this method of cleaning.

Hot Water {I add the hottest water possible to ensure a deep penetrating clean}
Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate

Basic G Concentrated Germicide
Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover

The best part about this cleaning method {besides that it really works} is that it is VERY ECONOMICAL and safe for your children, pets, and the environment.

1. Remove large furniture items from the room you will be cleaning

2. Vacuum carpets really well to remove dust, dander, and debris

3. Fill the dispenser {where you would normally put the chemical based carpet cleaner} with water up until the line where it says “max.” Then you want to add 1 tablespoon of Basic H to the dispenser. If you are wanting to disinfect, deodorize, and kill 99.9% of germs {without staining, discoloring or “bleaching
 your carpets} at this time you will also add in 1 tablespoon of Basic G, and if you have lighter carpets or heavy stains you will add in 1-2 scoops of Nature Bright.

{Directions from the back of the Nature Bright Container}
Note:  If you use Nature Bright in your steam cleaner, make sure to rinse it out really well and vacuum your carpets after they have dried. This helps to remove any enzyme residues.

4. Let carpets dry completely

5. Put back large furniture items and dust furniture

6. Enjoy your freshly cleaned carpets!


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  1. I have a microfiber couch. Fabric cleaners have left me with water stains even after drying in the hot summer sun. Websites recommended using rubbing alcohol to remove water stains to no avail. Help.

    • I have a couple thoughts… do you have a steam cleaner? If you do I would steam clean the whole couch. Also with microfiber couches you can wash them in the washing machine so you could treat the stains with stain remover and then toss them in the washing machine. Make sure to use cold water so the pillow covers don’t shrink! There’s also this pin that I found: I haven’t tried it for myself but her couch looks pretty good! Good luck! :)

  2. Catherine says:

    Jennifer, I love my bissell pro heat too! Where can I find those cleaners, I have not seem them here,we live in Newport, so no super stores for us

  3. Thank you so much for this post!
    I have a Bissell Big Green Clean machine, and although it has done a great job with our carpets for 12 years, I feel it’s time for an upgrade. Your post inspired me to find a ProHeat and I did on Craigslist here!
    She has it listed for $150. Methinks I will offer $100 and see what happens. Then I’ll need some Basic H which I have used once before (a sample) in my fridge. That’s good stuff!
    Anyway, thank you for all the info and inspiration. it’s time to clean my carpets…I think it’s been a year? Ugh.

  4. I am a fan of Shaklee’s Basic H. The bottle states only so many uses, but within the Shaklee community I think there are about 1000. At any rate, I think this is a great way to save money and stretch out any professional carpet cleaning you might do. And with Basic H – you only use a small amount!

  5. where do you buy this basic H

  6. Thank you, Kristen! Yes, I agree…knowing what products to use that really work to give professional results is important as well as knowing the technique to clean your carpets. Going section by section is very helpful and helps to reduce drying time. Glad you found this article helpful.