DIY Carpet Stain Remover

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I have been meaning to post about this diy carpet cleaner for a few months now but it totally slipped my mind. This cleaner is the best I have ever used on our carpet. I know that you can use it on other things but I have not tried them yet.


DIY – Carpet Stain Remover


When I moved into my house almost 3 years ago there was a large stain near the door leading to the garage that was pretty noticeable. The carpet cleaners came in and cleaned the carpet right before I moved in and I was so happy that the stain was gone but within a few months, it came back.

I had been trying everything I could think of to remove this stain but nothing was working. I was about to give up until I came across this recipe for carpet cleaner last fall and I figured I would give it a try.

I sprayed this all over and into the carpet and let it sit for awhile and then went to scrubbing (not that hard). Once I got done, I was in shock that you could not even tell that the stain was even there. That was 9 months ago, and still no stain.

I will never use another carpet cleaner again to remove any stains.

Here is the ingredients for your own Oxiclean!

1 part baking soda
1 part hydrogen peroxide
2 parts water

Just mix it all together and spray it on. 


If you have a stain that needs removing, give this stuff a try and Please come back and let me know how it worked for you.

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  1. Veronica says

    I just tried this on a stain that has been in my carpet for years & it is gone!! Will be using this mixture from now on! Love it!

  2. jamie says

    This wont bleach it right?? I know hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties and is used in teeth whitening and such. I’ve used this exact cleaning solution on a mattress and it worked great. Just don’t want a huge bleached spot in the middle of the room. 😉

    • says

      Hi Monica. It really just depends on how much you need to make. I used a spray bottle (an old febreze bottle) and measured it that way. I wanted to make sure I had plenty for the job :)

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  4. Ashley M says

    I just used a batch of this and it is by far the best diy carpet cleaner I’ve tried!!! Thank you so much for this post. The townhouse we rent has awfully white carpets, and I have a little boy and also a husband who forgets to take his shoes off… Enough said, right?! :-)

    • frugaltxfrugaltx says

      That is awesome to hear!! I am so glad it worked for you. It is now the only carpet stain remover that I use :)

  5. Michelle n says

    At first I was kinda iffy about this DIY carpet cleaner because I tried everything and didn’t work, but then I read the posts and they said it worked- so why not try it? :) I put a cup of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and 2 cups of water. I accidentally spilled pineapple juice on my light tan carpet and I didn’t have a spray bottle however I just sprinkled a little bit on the direct spot. i let it sit for a little while and after scrubbing the pineapple juice, it started to disappear!! It was freaking awesome!! I went and made some more just to sprinkle my whole room. I was so stoked. Thanks for posting it and also, I would definitely recommended this however, when you scrub it, make sure you wear gloves…coming from the chick who had to wash her hands for days, just sayin..

    • frugaltxfrugaltx says

      I understand, I was iffy about it at first too but I figured since nothing else was getting my stain out, why not. This stuff is awesome :) I had no problems without gloves, but you are right, wearing them would be a plus!

  6. sarah says

    Amazing stuff. I was in the store looking at resolve carpet powder (I’ve always sworn by) and counting my pennies in my head. I googled a DIY carpet cleaner and this blog popped up. I use baking soda and peroxide on my teeth and many other things so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. Best concoction ever! I will never use anything else on the carpet spots again. I don’t know how you managed to spray it on though, I clogged two sprayers from the baking soda before I just poured the mixture on. Thank you so much for this!

  7. Marti says

    I had another DIY that calls for dawn dishsoap also. I used it on a couple of stains and my white carpet is white again!! Thus began my search for if anyone has used it in their steam cleaner. I am going to try tonight because it’s white carpet and what’s the worst it could do?? I am thinking add 3/4 water then the mixture (doubled) I’m hoping the water doesn’t dilute it too much. Any suggestions?

    • frugaltxfrugaltx says

      I have never tried that one but if it works, use it. As far as diluting it, maybe some of the other comments would be able to help :)

  8. Arlee Mcfarland says

    I just tried it a minute ago (was missing a home ingredient for another DIY carpet cleaner remedy-so googled and found this one) and it worked in just a couple of minutes. A cat threw up on the white carpet and I used this cleaner on the wet stain and it came right up- so far can't tell it happened. I left a bit soaking on the same spot still to make sure it doesn't resurface- worked fast and easy to make.

  9. karen says

    BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS!!! I have light tan carpeting in a rental… lots of stains that came back from previous renters…now I have white spots where the stains were, that I treated…. now what?!?!?!?!

    • frugaltxfrugaltx says

      Sorry to hear about this. I also have light tan carpet in a rental and it worked just fine. Did you scrub it within a few minutes of putting the stain remover on there?

  10. Jessica C. says

    I have to move at the end of March this year and I have been trying to figure out how to remove the stains on my living room carpet. I came across your article for this home remedy carpet stain remover. Went to nearby store to get the items to try it out.

    And guess what! I am in love with it already that I also had to share this with my friends and family members about this that has carpets. I did the big dirt stain by my front door and after doing this, run a little hot water over it and use powder carpet freshener, I got it all up! I can really see the dirt just clunk together for an easy vaccum up job.

    Lastly, here is the best part: I was unsure if it would work with red juice stains. Did the same thing I did above and got most of it out the FIRST treatment! After a couple more, hopefully it will be all gone! Here comes my security deposit when I move out! :) Going to use this also for my new apartment bedroom cartpets (thank God no carpet in living room at this new place).


    • frugaltxfrugaltx says

      You are Welcome :)This is really good to hear! I am so glad it worked for you :) . It is also my favorite carpet stain remover and I have never went back to store bought cleaners.

  11. says

    I tried the stain remover but I had some trouble with the spray bottle. Poured the solution into a windex bottle and it clogged immediately. My question is: Is there a way to fully dissolve the baking soda or is it just intended to be used in a bottle with a larger opening? What do you recommend?

    • frugaltxfrugaltx says

      Sorry to hear about that. What I did is mixed the baking soda with warm water and shook it up a little. Once I got my solution mixed all together, I then put it in a new spray bottle, not one previously used and it worked just fine. Try using a new bottle and see if it works.

  12. Kate Haas says

    This WONDERFUL!!!!! Even old stains (that nothing else would touch) disappeared like magic. The affordability is a HUGE plus!!!!! Thank You so much for sharing this!!!!

  13. says

    Saw this on facebook – perfect timing! Just had a stain come back that I thought I cleaned a couple months ago – excited to try this one!

  14. Annette says

    I just read this, threw the ingredients together, sprayed and worked it all into 2 horrible stains on my carpet. These stains are from my dog that was so sick, threw up and it was very acidic. Nothing was taking care of this stain and now it’s an old stain as well. It Is Gone!!!!! It worked like a charm. Only took about 3 or 4 minutes of light scrubbing and it’s gone. Thank you so so so very much!

  15. Kriss Press says

    I have heard the peroxide can bleach my carpet. I really want to try this because my boys have destroyed the brand new tan carpets in my Uncle’s R.V with leaky sappy cups.

    • Teresa Allen says

      Yes it can bleach it a little. The first few times I did it, it worked great. Once I made up some in a hurry and happen to put to much peroxide and it bleached it just a bit. If you go by the directions, you should be fine or maybe just add a little less than what it calls for.

  16. Em says

    What type of hydrogen peroxide do you use …the 3% everyday or the 35% food grade… maybe if people use the 35% food grade is creating stains?!?

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