Whenever you’re cleaning a room, it just doesn’t feel clean enough until you also take care of the floor. When a carpet is freshly cleaned, the whole room seems fresher. But finding the right cleaning solution can be difficult, especially given all the choices from the commerce. It’s why we’ve decided to make a list of non-toxic cleaners and to also give you some recipes you might like to try out.
In order to keep your carpet clean and beautiful, you’ll need two types of cleaners. The first category includes spot cleaners, these can be used for small areas as a stain remover. The other type includes carpet cleaners which are used to clean the whole carpet.
Carpet cleaners found in commerce.
With so many options to choose from, it can be very difficult to distinguish between these the types available on the market. It’s even more difficult when some carpet cleaners pretend to be green and eco-friendly when they’re actually not. If you want to be sure you choose a non-toxic cleaner you should always look for the seal of approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute or for the Green Good Housekeeping Seal.
Sometimes the best way to be sure you use a non-toxic carpet cleaner is to make it yourself. Here are some great suggestions. For example, when you’re making a spot cleaner, you can ingredients such as vegetable soap, white vinegar, baking soda, water and essential oils. If you want to make a full-carpet cleaner then you can try mixing some corn meal or baking soda with 20 or 30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Sprinkle it all over the carpet and vacuum it up after a few minutes.
But the carpet isn’t the only one that needs cleaning. You should also take care of the flooring. If you have wood floors in your home then you can try this recipe: first pour ½ gallon of warm water into a mop bucket and then add ½ gallon of distilled white vinegar. Add 15 drops of peppermint oil and then scrub the floor. For vinyl, stone or tiled floor we have a different recipe: 1 gallon of warm water, ½ cup of white vinegar and a tsp. of baby oil. You’ll clean and polish the floors at the same time.
Natural ingredients to use in DIY cleaners.
If you’re the type of person that you rather make the cleaning solution by herself than buy something from a store simply because you want to be sure it’s good or because you find it easier this way, then here’s a list of ingredients that you can use with all the confidence:
White vinegar is perfect for dissolving grease and lime deposits. It’s great for the kitchen and the bathroom. Also vinegar is very gentle so you can also use it on hardwood floors. Just mix ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar with water and you get a wonderful cleaner that you can use for everything.
Another great substance that’s very efficient for cleaning grease as well as mold and mildew is lemon juice. It also leaves a very nice scent behind.
Baking soda is a wonderful abrasive and a great alternative for powdered cleansers. You can use it in the kitchen and in the bathroom to remove stubborn stains or to clean the inside or the oven. Let it set for a few minutes and then rinse.
Sodium borate or borax is a great non-toxic powdered laundry booster. You can also use it in homemade cleaning products which you can use to disinfect surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom as well as to remove stains.
Mix peroxide and water into a spray bottle and you get a multi-purpose cleaning solution which you can use to clean gunk but also to remove stains on white fabrics. Just spray it on the surface and then rinse with water.
It might seem strange, but olive oil can be a great ingredient in homemade cleaning solutions. Just mix a cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle and you can use it as a polishing solution for wood surfaces.