How to Clean Car Carpet Without a Machine [Mostly DIY]

Published by Ahmad Jamal on May 21, 2022 | Last updated on May 15, 2023

Machines help us cut through the time and effort we need to carry out chores, but they’re expensive and consume electricity of some sort, making obtaining them a bit hurtful for our wallets.

Therefore, looking for an alternative way on how to clean car carpet without machine means you’re giving up the best and most time-saving options, for the sake of saving money.

In this economical Cleaners Advisor guide, I’ll show you the best methods on how to clean car carpet without a machine, saving you the money, but it’ll take a bit more effort on your side.

With the knowledge I have & the efforts you’re going to put into it, we’re going to be a great team against car dirt.

Why You should Know How to Clean Car Carpet Without a Machine

As I said in the introduction, knowing how to clean car carpet without a machine does save you the money needed to obtain a vacuum or a steam-producing machine to clean the car carpet with.

Moreover, in some states, electricity bills are extremely expensive when you constantly use vacuums and cleaning machines, so that’s an extra money-saving step.

Additionally, some cars just get easily dirty, and the repetition in carrying out some cleaning for your car will be extremely tiring, especially if you want to get it done with a steam cleaning machine, or a heavy vacuum cleaner.

How to Clean Car Carpet Without a Machine

Knowing how to clean car carpet without a machine means mastering the use of other items and equipment for the good of your cars’ cleanliness.

Following are the most economical & useful options to choose from, to clean car carpet without using any machines.

However, you should always start by tiding up the whole car, remove the visible dirt & dust as explained in the How to Clean a Car Carpet.

How to Clean Car Carpet Without a Machine
You’d always wish your car is this tidy forever, don’t you?

Baking Soda

I’ll start with the most famous cleaning tool, the baking soda. It’s the most effective according to many cleaning experts, and it also removes odors inside your car.

Mix the baking soda with warm water, using this formation: ¼ Cup of Baking Soda + 1 Cup of Warm Water.

Use the mixture on the stains inside the car, it’ll work like magic.

Start scrubbing the mixture on the stains, but don’t clean it yet, leave it there for a 40 minutes max.

Once you’re done, wipe the mixture with a clean dry towel.

Glass Cleaner

Glass cleaner works perfectly on the liquid spills, similar to the coffee, milk, soda, or tea.

You’ll only need to sprinkle the glass cleaner on the liquid spill, and let it do its work for 5-10 minutes, it’s as simple as that.

Once that timer is off, just wipe it clean.

White Vinegar

I love white vinegar, I’ve even used it in nearly most of my easy cleaning guides, like How to Clean a Car Carpet, and How to Clean Hamilton Beach FlexBrew.

It’s as easy as you’d like it to be in cleaning, and in removing.

½ cup of white vinegar and a 1-liter of warm water, mix them together, put them in a spray bottle, to make sure it isn’t soaking the car carpet.

After spraying the stains, scrub it with a soft brush for a couple of minutes.

Dry it off by leaving the windows opened overnight, it’ll be dried off by the morning.

Clean Car Carpet 1

Toothpaste with Hydrogen Peroxide

This isn’t a tricky option, don’t worry as the combination is easy to create.

You’d only need to use an equal amount of both the toothpaste & hydrogen Peroxide.

Flatten the paste mixture over the car carpet, leave it there for 3-5 minutes.

Use a soft brush to brush the paste on the carpet, and focus more on stain spots.

Once you’re done, wipe it with a clean & dry towel.


I would’ve wanted to use borax alone, but I’ve found that it’d work better with soap & any form of essential oil.

The mix should consist of 2 spoons of borax, and 3 spoons of soap, and 1 spoon of essential oil.

Mix them up with 2 cups of warm water, and use on the stain spots.

Same as other methods, use a brush to rinse and clean the spots.

A dry towel can remove the rest and dry it.

How to Clean a Car Carpet

I’ve previously talked about how to clean a car carpet, but in that guide, we used a vacuum twice, and suggested we use a steam cleaner for a more optimized result.

Additionally, I’ve talked in detail over how to clean the floor mats, and I haven’t used a machine to clean them, make sure to check the guide for the step-by-step process on how to clean floor mats.

How to Clean Car Carpet Without a Machine FAQ

To Wrap Up

Mastering How to Clean Car Carpet Without a Machine is an important step in cutting off the expenses while cleaning your car.

As I told you earlier, I prefer using the white vinegar in most of my cleaning chores, but in this guide, you have 4 other options to choose from, to know exactly how to clean car carpet without a machine.

Tell us in the comments section below how was your experience with cleaning your car carpet without a machine.