Over time, your once beautiful carpets can become dingy, dirty, and smelly from regular traffic, as well as pets and children. However, you can treat your carpets yourself with simple household goods that are not toxic to you, your kids, or your pets! Try these natural cleaning methods to restore your carpets and make them look like new.
Baking soda is great for deodorizing carpet. To remove smells from a carpet using this method, simply apply baking soda liberally to the area of the carpet giving off the offending smell, wait four to five hours, and vacuum the baking soda from the carpet. The baking soda should absorb the odor and leave your carpet smelling fresh.
Baking soda is also useful for removing moisture. If a pet or child has an accident on your carpet, blot up as much as possible, and pour baking soda over the damp area. After an hour, vacuum the excess. Repeat this step twice, and you should notice that the baking soda has removed all moisture from the carpet.
Essential oils can be used to freshen your carpet and cover up unwanted smells. After vacuuming, try adding two or three drops of your favorite essential oil to baby powder and sprinkling it on your carpet. Allow this mixture to sit for a half an hour and vacuum again. The smell of the essential oil should be left behind, and the offending odor gone!
Vinegar is great at removing stains and eliminating odors. In a high-traffic area, use a solution of one part hot water to one part vinegar in a squirt bottle and spray the stains until they are moderately damp. Then, wait five minutes for the solution to begin lifting the stains. Next, take a white cloth and blot the stains several times until they're gone. You may need to repeat this process several times for older stains or severely offensive odors such as urine.
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent stain remover and will lift heavy stains like chocolate and wine. Be careful, though, because if the hydrogen peroxide spot is touched by the sun, it could bleach your carpet. If you have a heavy stain, try three percent hydrogen peroxide from the drug store and blot up the stain. Do not use more than three percent as this increases the risk of bleaching. Repeat as necessary until your carpet is free of stains.
For very difficult stains and odors, contact a professional carpet cleaning service, such as Amer Carpet Cleaners, and ask if they offer any non-toxic or organic products.