We give our steam cleaner a good work out. With three small boys, three cats, a dog, and two parakeets, we have to clean our carpets a lot. We go through a steam cleaner about every two years, when they break or wear out. I also get tired of paying the high price for carpet cleaning solutions, but I finally found an easy, inexpensive DIY cleaning solution that works as well, if not better, than commercial carpet cleaning solutions.
It actually happened by accident. I ran out of carpet cleaning solution one day and NEEDED to clean the carpet. I had some of my homemade on hand, so thought what the heck it probably won't hurt anything. I will be buying a new carpet cleaner soon anyway.
I like to use a cheap bathroom cleaner to mist the carpet in high traffic areas. It loosens up the ground in dirt on the carpet fibers nicely without saturating the carpet down to the padding. I love the shampoo recipe. I thought I w as the only one to cheap to use those high priced carpet cleaning solutions.