Clean Your Carpets Naturally

We all want clean carpets, but everyday living can take a big toll. Although it’s tempting to run to the store after seeing the latest commercial for heavy duty products, using non-toxic cleaners is a much safer alternative, especially if you have kids or pets. Often, items you already have in your kitchen will do the trick without theĀ need for any nasty chemicals. Here are some green cleaning tips.

Red wine

red wine
Salt plus club soda = beautiful carpets!
Always blot fresh stains first to soak up as much liquid as possible. NEVER rub.
First: liberally sprinkle regular salt over the stain
Next: pour club soda over the area and leave the mixture on overnight. In the morning re-blot to soak up any leftover liquid
Finally: vacuum area to remove salt

Coffee

White distilled vinegar is a secret weapon everyone should have in their pantry.
First: blot up as much of the coffee as possible.
Next: combine one tablespoon liquid dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Finally: sponge the magic mixture on the stain with a white cloth a little bit at a time. Blot often with a dry cloth until the coffee stain is gone.

Gum

The most effective way to get fresh gum out of a carpet is by freezing it.
First: place ice cubes in a resealable plastic bag and lay it on the gum until it hardens completely.
Next: use a metal spatula or butter knife to gently scrape the gum off until completely removed.
Finally: clean the spot using a cloth and a soapy solution plus vinegar. Gently rub the area to remove any remaining residue.

Lipstick

lipstick
Your favorite shade may look great on you, but you probably cringe at the thought of it ruining your carpet! An easy, inexpensive solution is ammonia, which you most likely already have in your home.
First: blot the stain with plain water
Next: dab the stain with a cotton swab and ammonia
Finally: use a clean white and a small amount of soapy warm water to gently wash the area.

Grease

Greasy stains can be a real pain to get out of carpet. Absorbents like cornstarch or baking soda will rescue your investment.
First: sprinkle absorbant on the stain and let stand overnight
Next: vacuum well
Finally: mix 1/3 cup vinegar with 2/3 cup warm gently blot the stain with a clean towel until it’s gone

Wet stains

Mud, wine, pet urine…vinegar to the rescue! Make sure you treat the stain immediately because the longer it sits the harder it will be to get out.
First: gently blot up the spill with the heel of your palm. Get as much soaked up as possible. No rubbing!
Next: liberally spray vinegar until the area is soaked. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
Finally: use a clean towel to soak up the vinegar. You can blot, or put some elbow grease behind it for a deep clean.

Odor

pet odor
Use good old baking soda to remove odor from carpets.
Most carpet deodorizers and fresheners contain fragrances that just mask smells. Baking soda actually soaks up the odor. Simply sprinkle it on, let sit for 30 minutes then vacuum. Voila, clean and fresh smelling!
Take it a step further and make your own safe all-natural custom fragrance. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to half cup of baking soda, sprinkle on your carpet, leave on for at least half an hour then vacuum up well. Change it up to reflect the seasonsĀ !

Keep your carpets looking new and beautiful for years to come using these simple household ingredients for a gentle, yet effective green cleaning. Have some tried and true ones of your own? Please share in the comments!