Updated 3 Oct 2016

Home recipe

Dishwashing liquid, vinegar and water

Bottom line: This home recipe carpet cleaner is very good at removing dirt/oil, very good at removing sauce, good at removing red wine and good at removing coffee stains.

Dishwashing liquid, vinegar and water
Consumer recommended
80
Avg price

$6

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Test results

Overall score
Very good
80
Red wine removal
Good
7.6/10
Oil and dirt removal
Very good
8.8/10
Sauce removal
Very good
8.0/10
Coffee removal
Good
7.6/10

Good points

  • Good at removing red wine.
  • Very good at removing dirt/oil.
  • Very good at removing sauce.
  • Good at removing coffee.

But

(No obvious bad points.)

How we test

Overall score includes:

Red wine removal (25%)
Oil and dirt removal (25%)
Sauce removal (25%)
Coffee removal (25%)

We use three test methods to test cleaners based on their application and removal methods, while also following any additional instructions on the packaging.

We tested on stains including red wine, oil and dirt, a mixture of tomato and soy sauce and coffee. We applied the stains to 100% wool carpet squares and let them set for a few days. We took reflectance readings of the carpet squares before and after cleaning to assess how much of the stain was removed. Each cleaner was tested four times per stain. The average of the reflectance readings is calculated.

Spray and applicator brush cleaners

Method A:
We apply 5ml/g of cleaner to the centre of the carpet square. The carpet is left for a set time, as specified on the packaging. We then gently rub/blot the cleaner into the carpet with a clean damp cloth for 30 seconds. The carpet square is then left to dry.

Foam spray and powder cleaners

Method B:
We apply 5g of cleaner to the centre of the carpet square. We then gently rub/blot the cleaner into the carpet with a clean cloth for 30 seconds. The carpet is left for a set time, as specified on the packaging, then the carpet is vacuumed.

Method C:
We apply 5g of cleaner to the centre of the carpet square. The carpet is left for a set time, as specified on the packaging, then the carpet is vacuumed.

Key data

Product

Avg price
$6
Type

Spray

Pack size
162.5mL
Price per 100ml/g ($)
3.69
Stain type

Fresh and set-in

Test method
A
Ingredients

2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1/4 cup water

Patch test required
Yes
Instructions for application

First, mop up the excess moisture as quickly as you can. The quicker you can attend to a mess, the better chance you have of getting it out! If you have some soda water on hand, dampen a cloth well and apply to the stain and sponge it up. If it is still there, make up the following mixture: 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid 3 tablespoons white vinegar 1/4 cup water Work the liquid into the stain and blot it dry with a clean towel.

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Wait time (mins)

No time specified

Tested time (mins)
5
Warnings

Nothing specified

Origin

Not applicable

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