Think twice before you use chemical cleaners to clean your carpet, or any other household item in fact. It can be as bad for you as it is for the environment. Chemical cleaners are known to be very poisonous if touched, inhaled or ingested, even in small quantities, which is a distinct possibility if you have small children or pets in your home. Organic cleaners, on the other hand, are much safer. In fact, many everyday items found in your kitchen cupboard can make outstanding cleaners. Not only are they easy to obtain, they are fabulously affordable as well (and they work just as well as chemical cleaners).
Deep Cleaning Your Entire Carpeting easy way to clean your carpet without using chemical cleaners is by renting a carpet cleaning machine. Carpet steam cleaning or hot water cleaning is a great way to clean your carpet thoroughly. The hot water can dissolve the toughest of grime, dirt and mold stuck to your carpet. If you want to do it at home, there are many household items that can be used to organically clean your carpet.
You can sweep your carpet with a broom to get rid of the large particles and fibers stuck to the carpet. You can hang your carpet outside and beat it with something to eliminate the dust and dirt (though this won’t undermine the stains and the dust may resettle on it). You can vacuum and clean it to eliminate any dirt that is remaining. Regular vacuum cleaning is, perhaps, the easiest way to keep your carpet clean.
Removing Stains Stains and mold growth can be removed with items such as borax and cornmeal. Two parts cornmeal and one-part borax will lift stains and enable the carpet to smell beautiful. Club soda or baking soda can be applied directly on top of the stain. Scrub the baking soda and the stain should disappear.
A super-effective way of removing heavy stains with common ingredients is using vinegar and water (equal parts). The solution should be applied to the stain and rinsed later with plain water. The vinegar and water solution can remove the toughest of stains, like jam, juice, rust, food stains, pet stains, and urine.
Another natural way to clean tough stains is using a mixture of salt and lemon juice. Salt can brighten the carpet and also prevent the growth of mold and other bacteria. The salt and lemon juice solution can be used on light colored carpets without a problem. Lemon juice, mixed with vinegar or olive oil, can remove tough stains. This type of solution also deodorizes the carpet. Spills should be tackled immediately if at all possible. Use dry paper towels (a pile of them) until the spilled beverage has been absorbed. Do not put too much pressure on the towels, as the stain will spread.
Removing Odor Apart from the salt and lemon, baking soda can be a great way to remove odor from your carpet. You can sprinkle baking soda on it and let it stay overnight. Vacuum the next day; the bad smell should be gone with the baking soda. There are scores of options for cleaning carpets and rugs without using chemical cleaners. These solutions are not only just as effective, they’re also safer for you and your family.