Pinterest Tips: Pass or Fail? (DIY Carpet Cleaner)

So, everyone loves Pinterest, right?
It’s pretty much the hottest ticket in town these days.
In fact, if I need to find something (recipe, cleaning solution, food substitutions, etc) I generally check Pinterest first.

And if it can’t be found on Pinterest or Google…well, it’s pretty much a lost cause at that point.

The problem is, there’s so much to see and read up on, that I find myself pinning twenty different solutions for homemade laundry detergent and then feeling too overwhelmed to try any of them out (just an example – I posted a great detergent recipe here).

There’s an easy solution for that.
Try these AWESOME, NO-FAIL, BEST-EVER tips out myself.

Maybe I’m just a skeptical person, but it kills me when I read all these pins that say “one pinner says this chicken recipe is so good that her family now calls her Martha Stewart, plus it kills bugs and cures cancer!”



But some of them are intriguing, and I’m all for a frugal, DIY version of something.

So…one tip I’ve been dying to try out was this:

I have gross carpets. They’re old, stained, hideous.
They were when we moved in, and they’re even worse now.

So I was super excited when I saw the photos showing the miraculous removal of ugly carpet stains with just ammonia and a steam iron.
After obsessing thinking about it for a few weeks, I finally drug out my iron, decided which towels should be consigned to the fate of soaking up stains, outfitted my kids with gas masks, and pulled out the old ammonia.

I’ll admit it.
I was expecting stellar results.

Except it didn’t work.
Yep, definite fail.

I didn’t just try it on one stain; I tried it on several.
Over and over.

The only results I produced were an upset stomach at the hideous warm steamy carpet smell and a nice chunk of burned carpet when my iron slipped off the corner of the towel. (OOPS!)

So disappointing.

I don’t know if my stains were different or older or what, but they aren’t budging.

So, as much as I wanted the outcome to be different, I’m assigning a definite fail to that experiment.

On the bright side, though, when I was cleaning all the carpet chunks off of my iron I decided to try and remove all the black gunk (where does that come from, anyway) that had collected on it over the years.

I scrubbed for a while and then decided to try my fix-all, go-to, couldn’t-live-without-it, wonder product – Mr Clean Magic Eraser, of course.
At least he didn’t let me down. Took that grody gunk right off.

So even though I have a newly holey, stained carpet….I have a shiny iron.

Bright side to everything.


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5 thoughts on “Pinterest Tips: Pass or Fail? (DIY Carpet Cleaner)”

  1. Rebekah, I tried this very thing also. It failed for me also. I thought maybe it was because my stains had been on my fairly new carpet. You made me feel better any way. It was really hard for me to get down on the floor, and smell the smell of ammonia, which I hate. But I did it and it failed big time. I was very disappointed but I am so glad that you posted this, I now feel much better. Love you, connie

  2. I just shampooed all my carpets and everything came up when I added oxi clean to the hottest water outta the tap. I have light (almost white) beige carpet and it showed everything. Now they look like new again.

  3. awww rats! well that’s good to know. i hate it when you’re all expecting miraculous results and you get….nothing.
    which is why I haven’t tried the DIY Oxyclean.
    I’ve been dying to, but i dread that disappointment.

  4. Off topic – sort of: A couple of years ago I found an Aussie cleaning guru, ‘Shannon Lush’. She has written quite a few cleaning books and is on radio here in Australia. She has a museum restoration background. I’ve used practically ALL of her cleaning tips and they all work. The best is her carpet cleaning recipe, which contains 6 different kitchen/household ingredients. When I found her bks we were selling our 6 yr old car which we had bought when son was 5 sold when 11. The fabric seats, vinyl console and door trims. dodgy carpet that was more like fabric and the inside roof area had every stain imaginable. Milk, chocolate, felt pen, crayon, pencils, softdrink, vomit, urine and some I couldn’t identify. We travel alot and are too busy to clean the car regularly. I got every dirty mark & stain out and the car looked brand new inside. The buyer happily paid the full price we were asking. In our house I have been able to remove stains from carpets that were there when we bought the house and did not come out when professionly cleaned. Certainly worth having a look.

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