Cleaning your car regularly is important, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Some maintenance tasks, like cleaning the carpet, can be done by you instead of a detailer. You don’t even need the tools or products that detailers use to clean cars.

You may have been looking for ways to clean the carpet in your car without a machine. It’s not a big deal.

You might have to do some sweeping and scrubbing by hand, but it’s not that hard.

On the plus side, it doesn’t cost much or anything because you can use your own hands and a homemade car carpet cleaner made from things you already have at home.

What You Will Need

If you don’t have a machine to clean the carpet in your car, don’t worry. Even if you don’t have a machine, the things below can help you clean your carpets.

  • Broom and Dustpan/Vacuum cleaner
  • Car Carpet Cleaner Solution
  • Nylon Brush or Toothbrush
  • Rag
  • Spray Bottle
  • Towels


No matter what kind of stains are on the carpets in your car, you’ll always start by taking them out and cleaning up the dirt and debris.

But the steps you take after that will depend on what kind of stains you need to clean and what kind of washing method you choose.

Just look up the steps for the stains you need to clean and choose a way to wash them. Then, carefully follow the steps.

1. Remove the Car Carpets

The right thing to do first would be to take out the car carpets. This would make it much easier to clean since nothing would be in the way.

This would also keep the dirt and stains from spreading to other areas, which would add more work and make the process harder.

When taking out a carpet, you should be careful and roll it up to keep dirt from falling into your car’s interior.

Then you can lift it out. But if you can’t take the carpet out, you have to clean it inside. Just make sure it’s totally dry when you’re done.

2. Sweep the Car Carpets/ Vaccum

The next step in cleaning carpets in a car is to vacuum them. and if you don’t have a vaccum, you can sweep the dirt and debris out of the carpets with a broom and dustpan.

3. Prepare Your Carpet Cleaner Solution

This step depends on the type of cleaner you use. If you are using a commercial carpet cleaner for your car, make sure to follow the directions on the bottle. Some are ready to use right away, while others must first be diluted.

If you want to make your own solution, you’ll need to mix a few things together. Here are two options for a general carpet cleaner and two ways to make spot cleaners based on the stains on your carpets.

For Spot Cleaning:

  • Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water to get rid of tough stains and smells. This will make a paste that is runny and bubbly.
  • For caked-on stains, mix equal parts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and regular foaming toothpaste to make a paste.
  • A little bit of paint thinner and some salt or cornmeal will remove grease stains.
  • Glass cleaner for coffee stains
  • Use a little bit of laundry starch and cold water to make a paste for blood stains.

For Cleaning the Carpets Entirely

  • Method 1: Mix together one cup of white vinegar, a little bit of dish soap, and one gallon of hot water. This can be changed based on how you want to clean.
  • Method 2: Mix together 2 tablespoons of Borax, 2 cups of boiling water, 3 tablespoons of grated soap, and 1 tablespoon of the essential oil you want to use.

4. Spot Clean Prominent Stains

Your car carpet can get different kinds of stains. Find out how to clean any stain on your carpets by yourself in the list below:

Tough Stains and Odors

Apply the paste made from baking soda and warm water to the spots that are stained. Then use a nylon brush to scrub the spots that are stained.

You would let the paste sit on the stains for 30 minutes. Then, you would use a rag to wipe off the paste and the stains.

Caked Stains

Dab the mixture of hydrogen peroxide and toothpaste on the stains that have dried and set.

Give the paste a few minutes to work, and then scrub the stains away. Use a rag to get rid of the water after you’re done scrubbing.

Grease Stains

Rub a little bit of paint thinner over the grease spots and then cover them with salt or cornmeal.

Let them sit on the grease spots for a few hours, and the grease will come off. Let them work on the grease stains for a while, then sweep up the mixture.

Coffee Stains

To get rid of coffee stains, all you have to do is soak them in a glass cleaner. Let the cleaner sit on the stains for a few minutes, and then wipe away the cleaner and the stains.

Blood Stains

Apply the laundry starch and cold water paste to the blood stains and let it sit until it dries.

When it’s dry, you can sweep it off the carpets. Do the process again until there are no more signs of blood.

5. Wash the Car Carpets With a Cleaner

There are two ways to clean the whole carpet in your car without a machine. You can use vinegar, dish soap, and hot water, which is easy and works well, or you can use Borax, soap, and essential oil, which is also easy and works well.

The only difference between these methods is what goes into the solution. The steps for cleaning are the same, and they are written below:

The solution can be sprayed on the carpets. Then use a circular motion to clean the rugs. This method is the best way to get rid of dirt.

After you’re done scrubbing, use some towels to soak up the water on the carpets. Let the carpets dry in the air if there is still water on them.

Do not put the carpets in direct sunlight. Instead, put them in an area with a lot of wind so they can dry quickly without fading. The carpets that can’t be taken out can be dried by leaving the car doors open.

If the carpets still have stains, repeat the cleaning process until they are completely clean.

Final Words

You don’t have to buy a machine, rent one, or hire a dealer to clean the carpets in your car. You can DIY car carpet cleaning.

You only need a few things that you can get from your home cabinets. Besides being cheap, cleaning your own carpets is easy and only takes a few steps.

For some cleaners, you can make yourself do all the work for yourself once you put them on.

Did you learn how to clean your car’s carpet without a machine?

We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and we hope you’ll share this article with others.

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