Between kids and pets, it's easy for the carpet in your home to become stain-central. Swap toxic carpet cleaners for handy nontoxic ingredients that are probably already in your pantry, and try simple steps to reduce stains and smells in your carpeting, the nontoxic way!
Odor Control: Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let it set for 30 minutes to an hour before vacuuming. Baking soda absorbs odors and moisture; to further improve odor, National Geographic Green Living recommends trying a few drops of lavender oil or ground cloves to the baking soda to improve indoor odor.
- Coffee: "Blot up what you can using a dry, clean towel. The blot with a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar, and let that sit for 15 minutes. Then blot up with a slighty damp rag." -The Smart Mama
- Red Wine: eHow shows you how to use easy kitchen ingredients to remove a red wine stain in "How to Remove a Wine Stain with Salt"
- Grease: Organic Authority has a quick tip on how to use corn starch to soak up grease stains.
- Diaper cream: eHow has a few easy tips on how to remove diaper cream stains from your carpet.
- Potty training: Still potty training, or maybe have a new puppy or pet in the house? Good Housekeeping has an extensive guide to cleaning up stains from "accidents," while LiveStrong has simple tips on how to remove urine stains.
Vacuum: Vacuuming regularly is one of the quickest, easiest ways to keep your carpet clean. If, like me, you often forget to vacuum, try adding a reminder to your calendar to make sure you stay up to date (Aim for once or twice a week. Not possible? Don't worry about it! Do it as often as you can based on your schedule). You can also do double duty and protect your carpet while cleaning up your indoor air by using a HEPA filter vacuum. HEPA filters trap fine particles of pollen, dust, and other allergens.
Lose the shoes: Lower your toxic chemical exposures, and keep your carpets cleaner, by leaving your shoes at the door. Lead-contaminated soil from the outside creates the majority of lead dust inside our homes. Leaving your shoes at the door can cut your lead dust levels by 60 percent, and also reduce your exposure to pesticides, dust mites, and more. To maintain carpets, wear socks or slippers instead of going barefoot indoors: Healthy Child, Healthy World says that natural skin oils can release from bare feet and attract dirt on the carpet.
- How to Keep Your Carpets Green and Clean, by Groovy Green Livin
- Easy Tips for Green Cleaning Carpets & Floors, by Healthy Child, Healthy World
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