Bicarbonate of soda to Cleaning Carpet
If you could only do one Spring Cleaning task, what would it be? Having the carpets cleaned (whether it’s done by me or by a pro) is my top priority for spring cleaning. With children, pets and those random spills and drips, our carpets can take quite a beating. It doesn’t have to be difficult to remove stubborn spots and giving our carpets a little refresh.
How about mixing up our own carpet cleaners – one for the SPOTS and one for general, ALL OVER carpet cleaning.
I like to start by tackling the individual spots and stains first, followed by a general carpet cleaning. The first step is to mark just what needs attention and take care of a little spot treatment. Be sure to do this in the daylight hours so you don’t miss anything. I like to walk around with little Post-It notes to mark the spots.
After you have marked what needs some individual attention and spot treatment, it’s time to get out the cleaners. Really, the ingredient list doesn’t get much easier and is two things you probably already have on hand: white vinegar and baking soda.
The key to this cleaner is to apply the two in the correct order: vinegar followed by baking soda. Pour a small amount of vinegar on the stain, followed by a sprinkle of baking soda. The vinegar works to saturate and soften up the offending mark while the baking soda does the lifting and deodorizing. Together, they bubble a little and work as a team to lift the stain to the surface. If you have a minor stain you can just leave the mixture until it dries and vacuum it up, or you can let it sit for 30 minutes or so and rub or blot up the stain with a damp cloth if if’s a little more of a stubborn stain. Let it dry thoroughly and then vacuum. That’s it! I have found this concoction to work wonders on all sorts of stains, from pet to food and goodness-knows-what.
After spot-treating and vacuuming up the residue, it’s time to freshen up your carpets with an all-over cleaner. Again, this is simple: vinegar is the only (yes, only!) ingredient besides water. You may want to check out your local big box store for an economy size jug of vinegar since you will be using a fair amount of it. Our local Costco carries a 1.32 gallon jug of white vinegar for under four dollars. Can’t beat the price!
I have the BISSELL Pro-Cleaner steam cleaner and love it. It works perfectly for area rugs, the stairs, and hallways, as well as tackling a room or even the whole house. If you need to get your whole home done in one day, professional carpet cleaning is always an option, but I love this cleaner and method to fluff up and deodorize our carpets. The beauty of vinegar is that it leaves no residue behind and brightens and removes light staining or discoloration like a champ. Unfortunately, a lot of commercial cleaners leave a tacky or sticky residue on carpet fibers that attract more dirt and dust and make all your hard work pointless.
Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar and pour in your carpet cleaner’s reservoir tank. Clean your carpets as per your cleaner’s instructions. Yes, vinegar might leave a temporary pickle smell in your home but it dissipates and disappears as your carpets dry. I can’t take credit for this concoction – it was my professional carpet cleaner that let me in on this little-known secret concoction.
It doesn’t get much easier to clean your carpets than that! Two household ingredients are all it takes to freshen, brighten and clean your carpets.
To get a version of this recipe and many more amazing cleaning recipes, tips, and tricks, check out my book, The Organically Clean Home.msp to phx flights maldives flights flights las vegas flights nyc to miami lufthansa flights flights florida flights from denver to las vegas flights to georgia breeze airlines flights google.com/flights flights to bali indonesia cheap international flights flights to new jersey cheap flights to chicago virgin islands flights expedia.com flights flights from san diego cheap phoenix flights bali indonesia flights air india flights cheaptickets.com flights chicago to cancun flights myrtle beach flights flights to cuba flights to montego bay cheap round trip flights find cheap flights flights to memphis british airways flights flights from dallas to miami flights from slc flights to atlanta georgia klm flights flights to minnesota allegiant airlines flights dallas to los angeles flights cheap flights to houston google flights to miami 5 flights up cheapest flights to miami flights to cancun from atlanta southwest flights to hawaii washington state flights airlines cancelling flights turks and caicos flights how to get cheap flights flights from houston to miami flights to portland flights to austin tx cancelled flights cabo san lucas flights flights to kansas city cheap flights from dallas flights from austin dallas to miami flights flights to st louis flights to buffalo ny cheapest flights from phoenix atl to lax flights flights to oklahoma cheap flights to denver orlando to atlanta flights flights to newark cheap flights florida flights from orlando to boston cheap flights tickets booking com flights boston to orlando flights punta cana flights