DIY Carpet Cleaner with Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide

Awesome Do It Yourself Homemade Carpet Cleaning & Clothing Spot Remover Recipe. We've cleaned nasty, hard to remove carpet stains, also used it for tough stains on clothes.

This DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution recipe using Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide is a great spot remover for carpets and laundry stains. We use this recipe every single week, either on our clothes stains, as a carpet spotting solution, and as a pre-spotting before cleaning our carpets with our Bissell Carpet Cleaner.

Plus, we just added a Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe for Bissell carpet cleaners – instead of buying Rug Doctor Solution – this recipe is at the bottom of the page. It smells great and is super-inexpensive to make.

This simple DIY Carpet Cleaner formula really works!

You know that we are a “do it yourself” type of family. So when we clean our carpets, we don’t hire an outside company. One of the regular chores we had on our chore chart was “spotting the carpet” in the family room. We originally used water with a little vinegar in it, to clean dirty spots on the carpet, but it didn’t always work.

Find out what we use to keep our carpets looking great all year long at the bottom of the page.

It’s inexpensive and super easy to use.

And we’ve also included a recipe for homemade

Rug Doctor Solution!

Bad Results from Conventional Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Steve had spotted and cleaned our entire family room carpeting, a little more than six months ago, using our water and vinegar spotting spray and a rented Rug Doctor machine with their cleaning solution. We had some stains from kids and dogs that looked like they were cleaned, but all of them resurfaced. It was discouraging. And there was certainly a need to find a DIY Carpet cleaner solution.

In an effort to be more effective (we hate spending time doing a task and not having it work), Steve went on an internet research binge.

DIY Carpet Cleaner with Dawn & Hydrogen Peroxide Homemade Solution!

He found this DIY carpet cleaning “recipe” on Pinterest and decided to try it. Our carpets now look brand new — it’s amazing.

– 6 oz Hydrogen Peroxide (3% – brown bottle from a drug store)
– 2 oz Dawn Dish Soap (blue original formula)

He put it in a spray bottle and lightly sprayed the carpet in a not so visible area to test it. It didn’t bleach or stain the carpet, so he tried it on the nastiest area that he had previously cleaned with conventional carpet cleaning solution several times. This is truly one of the simplest DIY solutions we’ve ever used.

Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide - Miracle Satin Remover for Carpets and Clothes.

This is our solution for cleaning stains off of carpets and clothes. It even works on tablecloths that have been washed and dried. The formula is 2 ounces of Blue Dawn and 6 ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide.

He sprayed and then scrubbed with a clean rag in multiple directions.

Then he took a second spray bottle with filtered water and sprayed and scrubbed again – lifting off even more dirt. He wanted to remove as much of the detergent as possible.

The result was amazing. We’re going to watch these areas because they looked clean after using the store rented a carpet cleaner, so we want to make sure this new homemade cleaning solution, will look clean a year later.

There are other variations of this recipe using less dish soap that might work, just test for yourself and see.

Bonus Update on Carpet Cleaning:

It’s been more than 9 months since we first tried this DIY carpet cleaning solution on the carpets and the stains are gone . . . completely gone.

Laundry Uses: Using Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide As a Spot Remover

We love this solution so much that we’ve started using it for stains on our clothing and it has performed just a well. Spray it on, let it set and then wash as usual. Daughter Becky tried it on an oil stain on her off-white quilt and it even got that out!

Saving Money Buying a Home Carpet Cleaner:

A Bissell Home Carpet Cleaner on grey carpet.


After our success with spotting the carpet using this new hydrogen peroxide and Dawn solution, we were given a carpet cleaning machine from Annette’s sister. Now we use our Bissell carpet cleaner with the remaining Rug Doctor solution we have, and we use this DIY hydrogen peroxide and Dawn solution to prep the more soiled areas before using the cleaner.

Having a good carpet cleaning machine can actually save you money. In the past, we rented a Rug Doctor cleaner, but for the cost of about 3 rentals, you could own your own carpet cleaner. It’s great to be able to pull it out whenever we want and clean before a party or event. 

Best Selling Carpet Cleaners!

Check out the best-selling carpet cleaners on Amazon – they range in price from $70 to about $150. As a “do it yourself-er”, this is a great investment.

If you follow our DIY Carpet Cleaning advice, use this homemade formula and buy your own carpet cleaner, you’ll have awesomely clean carpets and more money in the bank!

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Homemade Rug Doctor Solutions for our Bissell Carpet Cleaner

We were cleaning our master bedroom carpet and ran out of Rug Doctor carpet cleaning solution. Rather than run to the store, we looked for a homemade option and found these two. We used the top recipe because we had all of the ingredients in stock – with ingredients from the Dollar Store.

Option 1: Dollar Store Carpet Cleaning Solution:

We love this “Rug Doctor” solution because it smells like fresh clean laundry.

  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Tide Laundry Detergent (or any liquid, laundry non-bleach detergent – we used All)
  • 1/4 cup yellow LA’s Totally Awesome cleaner (Dollar Store brand)
  • 1 scoop Oxyclean (we used generic Dollar Store brand)
  • Hot Water, one gallon

We liked this first option because it smelled nicer than using the vinegar and ammonia below, AND it worked great! Give it a try – it’s really inexpensive and does a fine job cleaning.

Option 2: Dish Soap, Ammonia, and Vinegar

  • 1 Tablespoon of clear dishwashing liquid (non-moisturizing),
  • 1/4 cup of ammonia
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1 gallons of water

Keep Your Carpet Groomed and Looking Great

We just put new carpet in our living room and family room. Now that the kids are gone, we splurged a little and bought a thicker, softer carpet. The only problem is that you can see footprints on it over time (depressions, not dirt).

13 thoughts on “DIY Carpet Cleaner with Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide

  1. Kelly

    I’ve used it for a couple years now and it works wonders especially living with a toddler, 2 dogs, and my husband. Just a tip- if you have left over formula make sure you store it in an actual brown peroxide bottle (most generic spray nozzles will fit). Once peroxide is exposed to sunlight it weakens the strength tremendously. That’s why peroxide is sold in the brown bottle!

    1. Steve Economides Post author

      You could use a shot glass (usually about an ounce) or small pyrex measuring cup (1 cup is 8 ounces and most smaller measuring cups have ounce marks on the side). To make a large batch of the carpet cleaner, just multiply the amount of the ingredients by 2, 3 or 4 (depending on how much you want to make).

    1. Steve Economides Post author

      Yes, we’ve used this same dawn and hydrogen peroxide solution on the upholstery in our car and on the carpeting. Just be careful and test with a small, out of the way area first.

  2. Angelia Peterson

    Clan you use ONLY the DIY solution in the carpet cleaner or do you need to use the cleaner that comes with it and only use the DIY for tough spots?

    1. Steve Economides Post author

      We use the Peroxide and Dawn DIY carpet cleaning solution to prespot the carpet. We use a standard carpet cleaner solution for doing the entire room.

  3. Judy

    Excellent formula! I didn’t have two spray bottles, so I put the solution in a bowl. I used a rubber brush. Many stains came out before my eyes. I’m surprised you can store this. I always thought hydrogen peroxide is only good for a little while after it is poured out from the bottle. My carpet is 30 years old. It had stains that were there a long time. I’m very happy you posted this. I will be able to hang on to this carpet

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    1. Steve Economides Post author

      Drew – we’ve been using this diy carpet cleaning recipe for more than 4 years. We’ve used it on carpeting and as a stain remover on clothes. It really works well. We keep it in a spray bottle by our washing machine.

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