How to Disinfect Carpet Without a Steam Cleaner

How to disinfect carpet without a stream cleaner

I have a toddler and a pet dog. Their playful behavior leads to an accumulation of soil, food stains, urine, fur, hair, and all sorts of dirt.

They frequently urinate at all corners of the house, leaving an unpleasant smell on the carpets.

If you have a carpet, you know what I mean. The funky smell makes the house unbearable.

I have to frequently do a great deal of cleaning to remove the stains and disinfect the carpet.

Over the years, I have been renting out a steam cleaner to help with decontamination and sterilization so that my carpets are odor-free.

With all the expenses in the house, the children’s needs, plus renting a steam cleaner at least twice monthly, adds up and has taken a toll on my pocket.

The option of giving away the dog has crossed my mind since it urinates at every corner of the house.

I was always envious of my next-door neighbor whose house smelled fresh all the time. I had to ask what her secret was and became so impressed that I had 80% of what I needed to keep my house clean daily in the cupboard.

These materials are very cheap and affordable, so it helps me keep my budget in check, and these ingredients are non-toxic, which is a definite plus point.

The products that I’ll share with you here can kill microbes and bacteria that may accumulate on the carpet.

So it’ll be easy to keep a clean and disinfected home that smells pleasant without the need for a steam cleaner.

Materials that you can use to disinfect a carpet include:

  1. Baking Soda – Baking soda is readily available in most households as it is used for cooking, cleaning, deodorizing, and also as a disinfectant. It is very versatile as an abrasive hence used to absorb bad odor that may be trapped in the carpet. It is productive in killing mold, germs, and bacteria.
  2. White Vinegar – Vinegar is a natural, non-toxic cleaning agent that kills bacteria. It helps get rid of foul smells and leaves behind a pleasant fresh scent. It is an acidic solution; therefore, it works best on an alkaline mix such as urine.
  3. Vodka – The alcohol content in vodka can help sterilize and eliminate any bacteria accumulated in the carpet. Vodka is also a natural stain remover, which in this case, means killing two birds with one stone. If you have a stain, either from food or drinks, you can use vodka to remove these blemishes.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide – It is a disinfectant and also a bleaching agent. Hydrogen peroxide should be mixed with equal parts of water to dilute the bleaching effect on colored carpets.

To maintain a clean disinfected carpet without using the usual steam cleaner, follow the following methods:

Different ways to disinfect carpets without steam cleaner

Method 1: Baking Soda and Salt

Baking soda and salt

Create a non-toxic sweet-smelling disinfectant using the following ingredients:

  • 200 grams of baking soda
  • Two tablespoons of salt (13 grams)
  • One cup of vinegar (250 milliliters)
  • 1-liter spray bottle
  • One cup of warm water (250 ml)
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree oil
  • Latex gloves

Steps to Follow

  1. Put on the latex gloves, as some products may be harsh on the skin
  2. Remove all the furniture, toys, or anything that might get in the way
  3. Spring baking soda evenly on the carpet. Leave it for about thirty minutes to four hours to give it enough time to absorb the odors.
  4. Sprinkle salt on the carpet. This ingredient is a natural cleaning agent. Salt also helps clear away any bacteria or fungi that may be on the carpet.
  5. Mix equal parts of vinegar and corresponding parts of warm water in a spray bottle.
  6. Add approximately 20 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is also a disinfectant and helps leave a pleasant scent on the carpet. Shake the mixture well then spray the solution on the surface.
  7. Leave it for thirty minutes for it to permeate and then vacuum the carpet.
  8. Keep windows open so that air will naturally circulate and to prevent mold and mildew from building up.

Method 2: Using a pure, sanitary disinfectant

Vodka isn’t just for happy hour.

The method is straightforward and fun, with ingredients that are readily available in the house. Vodka is a pure sterilizer. It is even used in wounds to eliminate viruses and bacteria. It also works the same way to disinfect carpets.

You will need:

  • Vodka
  • A spray bottle
  • Paper towels or a cloth

Steps to Follow

  1. Clear the carpet area to have full access.
  2. Vacuum it to remove any loose debris.
  3. Spray the of vodka evenly on top of the carpet and leave it for around 30 minutes.
  4. Use paper towels or a clean washrag and pat dry to remove the excess moisture. Do not rub the vodka in, especially when you’re cleaning a stain. Just dub and leave it to dry.

Method 3: Creating a vigorous antiseptic

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide


You will need:

  • One cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • A quarter cup of dishwashing soap
  • Ten drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • A spray bottle
  • Two cups of warm water
  • Funnel
  • Latex gloves

Steps to Follow

  1. Wear latex gloves as the hydrogen peroxide can be irritating to the skin.
  2. Use a funnel to put all the ingredients into the spray bottle and shake well.
  3. Spray the solution on top of the carpet evenly and let it sit for three to four hours.
  4. Vacuum the carpet or use paper towels to dry it out. The stains should be gone.

Method 4. Vinegar and lemon oil

You will need:

  • One cup of white vinegar
  • Two cups of warm water
  • Two tablespoons of salt
  • 12 drops of lemon oil

Steps to Follow

  1. Using a spray bottle, put the ingredients in and mix well
  2. Spray the solution evenly on the carpet and leave for three to four hours
  3. Allow the carpet to dry with ample ventilation then vacuum it. The carpet will be sparkling clean and free from germs.

Lemon oil is a powerful cleaning solution. It has a fresh, natural fragrance that works as a natural deodorant.

Method 5. The baking soda and water solution

For this method, you will require:

  • 200 grams of baking soda
  • Two cups of hot water
  • One cup of liquid soap
  • 15 drops of lavender oil
  • A spray bottle

Steps to follow

  1. Clear the surface dirt that may be on the carpet.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake thoroughly.
  3. Spray the cleaning solution in on the carpet evenly, and leave it for three to four hours.
  4. Leave the carpet to air dry naturally or vacuum it.

Lavender oil also has disinfecting properties and also leaves a sweet natural fragrance.