DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

By Rachel Tiemeyer
August 7, 2012

Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer this to the dark stains, but I want to give you fair warning that this concoction does have the power to bleach your carpet!

DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic

Warning: Umm, this post might gross you out. I wouldn’t recommend eating breakfast while reading this one. 🙂 But, I assure you it will come in handy if you have young kids or pets!

I’ve found myself Googling “how to get poop out of carpet” and even “how to get puke out of carpet” a few different times over the years, but without much luck.  When you have small kids around, these are the things you Google.

Last night, we had another one of these incidents when my 1-year-old had his diaper off for just 1 minute!  My husband and I were determined to get the poop stain (along with all the track marks!) out this time, yet we didn’t want to use any kind of harsh chemicals in our son’s room, especially before bedtime when he could inhale the fumes.

We ran across this site and discovered how to make our own non-toxic, all-natural carpet cleaner.  Before I worked on my son’s poop stain, I decided to really test this all-natural carpet cleaner recipe. We had a 7-month-old puke stain from my 3-year-old in the play room. Yuck! I gave it a try, but my expectations were low.

Check out how this homemade carpet stain remover worked to get this OLD stain out of carpet


DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic


DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic

So, did this all-natural homemade carpet cleaner get out all evidence of the puke and poop stains in our house? Not every last bit. In the right light, you can still see a shadow of the stain. But, I would say this carpet cleaner got the poop and the puke stains out from both locations in our house as well as I could hope for. They are 90-95% gone and hard to see unless you look closely.  I’m satisfied with that, since it didn’t add harsh toxic fumes to our house. I suspect I would have had the same result with store-bought, chemical-laden carpet stain remover anyway, as I know from prior experience.

Last little perk, this all-natural carpet cleaner kills any germs left on your carpet due to the poop or puke! The vinegar and borax both have bacteria-killing power.

If you want to save money, kill germs, reduce chemical exposure in your home, and get poop and puke stains out of carpet effectively, I recommend trying this homemade all-natural carpet cleaner recipe below.

All-Natural Carpet Cleaner Recipe

Adapted from eartheasy

1) Remove all the solid waste with a paper towel and throw far, far away.

DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic

2) Mix together:

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup borax* (I used 20 Mule Team Borax, which you can find at almost any grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle.)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic

3) Rub the paste into the carpet over the stain and let sit for a few hours. I suggest using a rubber glove or Ziploc bag over your hand (like I did in the pic below) to apply. You know, so you’re not touching poop and such. (Gag.)

DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic

4) Vacuum up the dried paste on top of the carpet.

5) Get down on your hands and knees and scrub, scrub, scrub with a wet washcloth or rag. Rinse the rag out periodically and keep scrubbing until you don’t see any more discoloration on the rag. (I worked at this quite hard and it helped immensely!)

6) Let wet area dry and then vacuum one last time.

7) Give the stain a few days and it will dissipate even more.

* If you’re wondering what borax is and if it is safe, here’s a thorough blog post that explains more and can help you make your own decision. I feel okay with using it, personally.

Here was my nearly-miraculous result on the 7 month old puke stain in our play room. I couldn’t believe it! I thought we were going to have to call our carpet cleaner and shell out $50 or cover it with a rug forever…but no siree! Thank you homemade carpet cleaner recipe!!!

DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner - homemade and non-toxic

Like this homemade all-natural household product? Try another thrifty, non-toxic solution that’s worked for us!

All-Natural DIY Drano – Naturally unclogs your toilet or any drain with only 2 ingredients!

All-Natural DIY Drano

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap – Incredibly easy and cheap!

non-toxic hand soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent – This will save you tons of money and leave your clothes clean without harmful chemicals.

how to make homemade laundry detergent

All-Natural Homemade Disinfectant Spray – Clean any and all surfaces in your home with this safe and effective all-purpose cleaner.

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14 replies
    • Rachel says:

      It’s not. It’s just that the first one was taken at night with a flash and the next one was during the day the next day with natural light.

  1. [email protected] says:

    To protect your carpet, vacuum entrance areas and high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of the carpeting at least weekly. Oily soils attract oily soils, and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.

  2. Mindi says:

    i use my carpet cleaner machine. For the carpet cleaning solution I use straight vinegar. The house only smells like vinegar while the carpet is wet. Afterwards the carpet is so soft and clean. The carpet is over 25 years old and has battled three farm boys over the years.

  3. Rebecca says:

    This is great! I’ve used vinegar and baking soda on my carpet before, but haven’t had much luck with removing stains. I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks!