We got Thor, our big St. Bernard/Bullmastiff mix, about 3 years ago. And ever since then shampooing our carpets on a very regular basis has been an absolute necessity.
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House training him was no walk in the park. Even now he still tries to use our house as a bathroom if he thinks nobody is around and he can get away with it! That’s why he spends nights locked in his kennel. I honestly thought he’d have free range of the house by now.
It’s a problem I’ve never had with another dog. Heck, Goliath had to go 13 hours locked inside the house alone once a few years ago and, although I expected to come home to a mess, he held it the whole time! But he’s an exceptionally awesome dog.
The house training issues we have with Thor are made worse by the fact that he is ALWAYS DIRTY.
I have no clue how he does it. He lives in the same house as Goliath, spends his time in the same yard as Goliath, but somehow he ends up getting dirty about 10 times faster than Goliath.
One thing I know for sure about their time spent outside is that Goliath is careful where he walks. He sniffs out anything gross and avoids it and he tries not to walk in mud or puddles. Thor, on the other hand, doesn’t care what’s in his way. He walks (and runs) where he wants to, regardless of poop, rotten fruit that fell from our trees, or standing water.
I’m pretty sure that dog doesn’t even understand that he can use his nose to his advantage.
Every time I pick up dog poop, I find at least one pile with a giant paw print in it.
Thor steps in poop. And then comes inside our house.
Like I said… shampooing the carpets is now a necessity.
The Christmas after we got Thor, Hubby gave me a carpet shampooer. This may sound horrible to some people. How dare he buy you something like that for Christmas?! But ya know what? It was probably the best Christmas gift he’s ever given me!
I LOVE it.
And I know having it has saved us a lot of money. I’m no longer forking out $30-something every month on a rental. Plus I have a shampooer on hand whenever there’s an accident.
I’ve never enjoyed buying the shampoo, though. Even prior to Bee’s birth, back when we lived off of two incomes, I didn’t like it. And now that we’re a single income family, I absolutely WILL NOT fork out the money on store-bought shampoo concentrate.
Luckily, the house we currently live in has mostly tile flooring. Only the bedrooms are carpeted, we have an area rug in the living room, and a couple runners scattered through the house. Although our shampoo bill has dropped drastically since moving here (and I now mop a lot more!), the need for shampoo has not been completely eliminated.
I’ve created a carpet shampoo concentrate recipe that I have found to work just as well as the stuff I can get at the store. And it’s super inexpensive! Especially if you buy the cheapest ingredients that you can find.
Here are the ingredients:
- 1/4 Cup laundry detergent
- 1/4 Cup multi-purpose cleaner concentrate
- 1/2 Cup Oxi Clean
- 1 tsp fabric softener
- 1-gallon hot water
These were my ingredients prior to making it:
I ran out my homemade laundry detergent last week and I was really busy (we spent most of last week out of town), so I picked up some detergent at Wal-Mart. This is something I haven’t done in years!
I keep the fabric softener on hand just for this recipe,
I use Fabuloso to make my own all-purpose cleaner, so I always have it, but you can use any concentrated cleaner.
And I have the Baby Oxi Clean on hand for my cloth diaper detergent recipe. Any Oxi Clean type product will do, name brand or otherwise.
First I put all the ingredients into the glass measuring cup and added 2 cups of hot water. I mixed it together until the Oxi Clean was mostly all dissolved.
It came out this weird grayish color due to the laundry detergent being purple. The color will vary based mostly on the color of your laundry detergent, although I’m sure the color of each ingredient plays a role.
I added my foamy concoction to an old gallon vinegar jug filled almost full of hot water. Be sure to leave room for your detergent mixture!
You don’t have to write “Carpet Shampoo” on the jug if you don’t want to, but I made the mistake of not writing anything on the jug… and leaving the label on it. Grabbed it thinking it was vinegar. Oops!
I tried using an empty milk container once and this stuff ate a hole in it. I think. All I know is it was fine when I made it, not leaking at all, then about a week later I opened the cabinet I keep it in and there was shampoo everywhere. The jug was leaking.
Coincidence? Maybe… but I’ve never had a problem with the vinegar jug, so I’m sticking with it!
And, in case you were wondering, Bee took advantage of the time I spent making this to do her new favorite thing:
Eat my sponges.
She gets into the drawer I keep them in anytime I’m not looking and starts chewing on them. I’ve yet to understand the draw to them, but to each their own I suppose.
She also has this new weird obsession with licking my shoulder if I’m preoccupied while holding her. Weirdo.
Anyway, this recipe is awesome, so if you are interested in making your own carpet shampoo, pin it now! That way it’s easy to find the next time you shampoo your carpets!