How to Clean Your Carpet the Eco-Friendly Way

Short on time but still want to get your carpet green clean? Here are some useful tips!

Carpet cleaning does not mean you need to resort to harsh chemical cleaners. There are other ways of dealing with your floors without flooding them with chemicals and toxins. Much healthier ways that will help you both have a clean carpet, and spend healthy time on it, also without endangering the health of your pets and children. If you’re looking to get your desired clean results while still clinging to an eco-friendly cleaning approach, these tips will help you get the job done.

Baking soda is such a versatile item. Many people keep it stored in their kitchen pantry, but did you know you can use it as an eco-friendly alternative to clean your carpet? Baking soda will deodorize smells. Just sprinkle liberally and let it sit for about eight hours. It would be a good idea to keep pets and children away at this time. After the time is up, vacuum the baking soda and your carpet will be deodorized. You can even mix one part water, three parts baking soda to create soda paste that could tackle most stains.

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Do you have a tough stain that you need to get out of your carpet? Before you drop a lot of money on a chemical aerosol can or spray, grab your white vinegar. Many people also keep this handy item in their kitchen pantry. Mix it with 50% water and you have an eco-friendly spray that is ready to take on any stain as a wonderful all-purpose cleaner. Spray liberally, blot over the stain and it will likely lift. White vinegar also removes odours from your carpet.

Important note: You might already be aware, but you should never mix vinegar and baking soda together. This will create a corrosive mixture that will eat away at your carpet, and it will be dangerous to your skin as well. Avoid at all costs.

Worried about your light-coloured carpet? Take one cup of lemon juice and mix it with two cups of water. Rub the stain using your solution with a bristle brush. The lemon’s citric acid is a wonderful tool for eating away at stains, thought it could cause discolouration, so do test it out on the side before actually doing it. Not all carpets agree with lemon juice. You could even use a toothbrush if you have an extra one lying around.

Short on time but still want to get that green clean? Do your research and try to find a professional cleaner that uses non-toxic, biodegradable supplies. Be upfront and ask questions. After all, you will be the one paying for the service so you want to verify that their cleaning practices align with your beliefs.

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