When you choose not to use toxic chemicals to clean your carpets, maintenance becomes important.
While its true that commercial carpet cleaning solutions are generally bad for you, it's also true that they're very effective at getting out ground-in dirt and grime.
Homemade carpet cleaners are more gentle, so you need to keep on top of spills, stains and general carpet cleaning. Here's a few simple carpet cleaner recipes to get you started...
Combine 2 cups baking soda with one of the following essential oil blends:
Sprinkle a fine layer of the homemade carpet cleaner powder on to your carpet and leave for a couple of hours. Vacuum thoroughly. Do this regularly to keep your carpets from smelling stale.
How it works: The baking soda deodorizes and lifts out stains, and the essential oils disinfect - killing germs, bacteria and any other nasties living in there. The essential oils disinfect and add a nice, fresh aroma.
Combine 1/4 cup (60ml) liquid dishwashing soap, 1/2 cup warm water and 5 drops lavender essential oil in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat them into a stiff foam.
Use a damp sponge to rub the foam cleaner into soiled areas, then remove with a damp cloth. Repeat as necessary. Let the carpet dry, then vacuum.
Combine 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap, 1/4 white vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Add 3 drops lavender and 2 drops tea tree essential oil. Shake well.
Spray the homemade carpet cleaner onto the stain. Blot with a clean, damp cloth. Repeat if necessary. Note: only use a little spray at a time - don't saturate the carpet.
Alcohol, Coffee & Tea Stains: Blot the carpet with a damp sponge soaked in club soda. If it doesn't completely get rid of the stain, follow with All Purpose Stain Remover.
Chocolate Stains: Gently rub a mixture of equal parts vegetable glycerin and warm water into the chocolate stain. Rinse with warm water. Repeat as necessary.
Grease Stains: Gently rub baking soda into the grease stain. Leave overnight, then vacuum. Follow with All Purpose Stain Remover.
Mud: Let dry completely, then vacuum the carpet. Follow with All Purpose Stain Remover.
Chewing gum: Rub the gum with an ice cube until it hardens, then scrape it out of the carpet with a dull knife.
Wax: Use a dull knife to scrape off as much wax as possible. Put a brown paper bag over the remaining wax, then press with a warm (not hot) iron. The wax will stick to the paper. Keep doing this until all the wax is gone.
You'll find baking soda, liquid dish soap, white vinegar and club soda at your supermarket. Or get everything at Amazon.com! Plus, with Amazon Prime, you get free shipping on everything. My friend Lisa buys all her groceries on Amazon - no more trips to the store!
If you do buy the essential oils from Amazon, just remember you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick that won't be near as effective.
My favorite supplier for other aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. They have great products at reasonable prices, and their staff is friendly and helpful. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for these homemade carpet cleaner recipes...
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Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils
though, not the base ingredients like vegetable glycerin or baking soda.
I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.
I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference, I was won over.
I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.
You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.
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