Looking for some carpet cleaning ideas? I have found some tricks for pulling stains (old and new) out of your carpet and tips for a great 'clean' after vacuuming. The reason that most of the recipes for cleaners use Vinegar is because it is inexpensive, effective at deodorizing, sanitizing and stain removing, and it definitely safe to use around your kiddoes and pets. Some final tips: make sure you test your cleaner on a small area before trying to use on the entire carpet or in a very visible spot. Finally, remember to avoid getting the cleaner in your eyes and wash your hands immediately after use. Remember, never mix ammonia and bleach - their combined fumes are TOXIC!
Natural Carpet Stain Removal Recipes:
Quick Stain Removal:
Equal parts vinegar and water. Spray on the stain then let it sit for 5-10 minutes. You will want to scrub it with a soft brush.
Tough Grease Stains:
Pour Cornstarch onto stain (liberally) until it is dry. Vacuum it up and then use the Quick Stain Removal.
Heavy Duty Stains:
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar
Rub mixture into stain. Let it sit until dry - then vacuum up. If any of the stain remains try using the Quick Stain Removal.
1-2 tbsp of each: White Vinegar, baking soda and water (depending on how big the stain/spots are. You don't want to make this ahead of time.)
Mix ingredients to form a paste. Work the paste into the spot/stain with a brush (toothbrush, carpet brush, etc). Allow it to completely dry, then vacuum it up. The stain SHOULD be gone, if not repeat procedure until gone.
Steam Cleaner Recipe:
Using equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Then just follow your machine's instructions.
Need your carpet deodorized? Simply sprinkle baking soda (optional: add 10 drops essential oil into 1 cup of baking soda) around the carpet, let it sit for at least 30 minutes (great to do right before you leave to pick up the kiddies from school!) and then vacuum it up!
1 gallon hot water
1/2 cup vegetable oil based liquid soap
1/2 cup of laundry detergent
1 cup ammonia
Follow the manufacturers directions for use in your carpet cleaner. If you are doing it by hand, just work it into the carpet in sections. Make sure you rinse well and soak it up with towels.
Make it a great one!