How to Clean Your Carpet Without a Machine

How to Clean Your Carpet Without a Machine

Because most of us can’t afford to hire a machine or pay a professional carpet cleaner every time we need to wash a carpet, understanding how to clean a carpet by hand is a valuable skill. Especially if you have dogs or children (or both) at home.

This method can help you get your carpet looking as fresh as a daisy whether it’s due to mucky hands, muddy paws, or simply a build-up of regular dust and filth.

With a few basic supplies that you undoubtedly should have around the house, you can clean your carpet thoroughly. You’ll need the following items to get started:

  • Baking soda
  • A bristle brush
  • A spray bottle
  • Table salt
  • Some rags you aren’t attached to
  • Water and detergent

Baking Soda or Powder Carpet Cleaner

The easiest solution to renew your carpet is to use powder carpet cleaners. Simply follow the steps below:

Vacuum the Carpet

First and foremost, make sure there is no loose dirt or waste on the carpet by vacuuming it thoroughly.

Remove Any Stubborn Stains

If your carpet has some noticeable stains, it’s a wise idea to treat these separately before tackling the entire carpet. Dishwashing liquid and white vinegar can come in handy here.

Sprinkle the Powder on the Top

When the carpet is dry after the stain treatments, sprinkle it generously with the detergent of your choice – either powdered carpet cleaner or baking soda (bicarbonate of soda).

Leave the Powder to Do Its Magic

Allow at least 30 minutes for the powder to work, but if you can leave it longer, that’s even better as it allows the cleaner more time to dissolve the stains and consume odours.

Remove the Powder Using a Vacuum Cleaner

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Simply suck up all the powder with your vacuum cleaner, leaving your carpet clean and fresh.

Carpet Shampoo

Of course, baking soda and powder carpet cleaner aren’t the only options for cleaning your carpets by hand. Another common option is carpet shampoo, which does not involve the use of a machine.

It’s worth noting, though, that some shampoos might take hours to dry, making the room unusable until it’s done. Powdered products may be sucked up considerably quicker and are just as effective.

However, if carpet shampoo is your chosen option, here’s how to apply it:


Make the solution according to the package directions. Because there are so many different types of carpet shampoos, it’s vital to read the label (even if it differs from the steps we’ve mentioned). The product will almost always need to be diluted with water.

Quantity of Solution

Use a small amount of carpet shampoo to completely cover the area. Do not over-wet the carpet; not only will this waste detergent, but it will also lengthen the drying time.


You should use a hard-bristled brush or an unused toothbrush to scrub the tough areas.

Let It Dry

Let the carpet dry completely. Once the shampoo has dried, vacuum it.

Spot Cleaning Carpets Without a Machine

If you’re lucky, you’ll only need to clean a few spots here and there. Fill a bottle with a ¼ cup of white vinegar, one tablespoon of dish soap, and water. Spar the mixture generously onto the stain and blot it with a clean cloth consistently until the stain is gone.

Additionally, if you’re using soap or a carpet cleaning solution, make sure you rinse the solution off with clean water to get rid of any remaining suds, then dry the carpet thoroughly.

Disinfect Carpets Without a Machine

With the help of a simple homemade solution and a scrub brush, you may refresh and disinfect the layers of your carpet without renting a steam cleaner. Combine three parts of water and one-part white vinegar in a dish or small bucket.

Scrub the carpet with the bristles of the brush dipped in the solution. Massage them into the carpet fibres carefully (without entirely drenching them) and wipe away any excess water with a cloth.

Remove Pet Fur Without a Machine

To keep your carpets spotless between deep cleanings, get into the routine of using a lint brush to remove your pet’s fur. Brush in areas where a build-up is obvious, as well as the spots where your pet lays the most (the furs are more likely to be implanted). Brushing and grooming your pet regularly can also help keep your carpets clean.

Best Natural Carpet Cleaner

Another great technique to deep clean your carpet is to grab a bottle of Castile liquid detergent. This soap is ideal since it is safe yet powerful enough to remove dirt and other debris.

Hot water and a few drops of Castile soap can be used to clean your carpet. Scrub the carpet with the solution using a washcloth, then wipe the surface with a dry cloth to absorb any excess moisture.

What Not to Do When Cleaning Carpets

Now that we’ve given you lots of carpet-cleaning advice, here are a few things you should avoid:

Don’t use pure vinegar on carpet stains: If you pour neat white vinegar directly onto a stain, it can seep in, spread the stain, and perhaps harm the carpet fibres.

Hairspray won’t get rid of ink stains: There are a lot of “cleaning hacks” out there that promise a spritz of hairspray can get rid of stains. This is false, it can actually harm your carpet fibres while also attracting dirt.

Don’t use bleach on natural carpets: Bleach should never be used on a wool carpet since it will result in pale spots. Make a bleach-water solution and use an old toothbrush to run a tiny patch test in a section of your carpet if you’re not sure what it’s composed of.


This is how you can clean your carpet without using a machine. You realize that there are several factors and different ways you can handle the process of this kind of cleaning.

We hope this guide was helpful, and we wish you a pleasant and efficient cleaning experience.

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About the Author

Hi, you can call me Steve. I have been with Clean Group for almost four years now and work as a Regional Operations Manager in Sydney. I manage a team of 10 and am responsible for the day-to-day management of cleaning operations, planning, online assessment for clients, overseeing operations, collecting clients' feedback and ensuring proper & regular maintenance of cleaning equipment. Having more than 30 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, I am familiar with my clients’ needs and always able to meet their expectations. Do reach me for a quick chat about your cleaning needs.

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