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Switching to Green Cleaning: Carpet Cleaner & Deodorizer
One of my favorite things in my home is the carpet that my sweet dad bought me when I had just moved into my current home in Amsterdam. Although it’s only been with me for 5 years, that thing has been through quite a lot. Wine stains, footprints and everything else life threw its way.
Going natural in my cleaning routine has made taking care of my prized possession that much easier. I now only have to use a few simple green cleaning ingredients to safely clean and deodorize it!
What is Green Cleaning?
Simply put, green cleaning means using cleaning products and practices that are safe for us, our loved ones, and our planet.
The easiest way to determine which products are safe to use is to access resources provided by consumer watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group. I aim to only use ingredients and products that have an A or B rating.
If you haven’t yet, read my Beginners Guide to Green Cleaning, where I explain everything you need to know about green cleaning.
Green Cleaning Effectively
Using effective green cleaning tools in combination with eco-friendly and effective cleaners will ensure a squeaky clean home in no time!
Making your own cleaners can be the greenest option because you can control the ingredients. This way you can ensure they are safe and eco-friendly, while also being cost-effective and time-efficient!
But most green cleaners fail because they use the wrong ingredients for the task or the wrong combinations.
Some mixtures combine ingredients that neutralize their cleaning effect while others create chemicals reactions that make an even bigger mess or become dangerous.
To Green Clean Effectively You Need To Know:
- Which eco-friendly cleaning tools will make your life easier
- Which ingredients are safe and eco-friendly
- How to use natural cleaning ingredients
- Which ingredient combinations to NEVER mix
- Which cleaning combinations are effective for certain tasks
If you want to start off on the right foot, grab my FREE Ebook that I wish I’d had when I was a green cleaning beginner!
Natural Carpet Cleaning & Deodorizing Ingredients
These are my favorite natural ingredients to make an effective glass & mirror cleaner.
Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most incredible ingredients to clean your home and even safe to eat.
Use for: Removing dirt, grease, grime, and odors.
Ingredient Caution: Unless you want to waste money, never combine baking soda and vinegar (they neutralize each other).
Corn Starch is perfect for green cleaning because it is safe, slightly abrasive and great for absorbing any type of moisture, oil, and odor.
Use for: a cleansing scrub, carpet cleaner, glass cleaner, to natural dry shampoo and eliminating foot odors.
Sal Suds is not a soap but a concentrated all-purpose detergent that is more effective than regular soap. It’s an absolute must-have and super cost-effective!
Use for: Removing stubborn grease, dirt, and tough stains.
Ingredient Caution: You only need to use a drop or two, unless you like spending overtime cleaning suds! This ingredient is a little controversial in the natural community but it gets a top rating on EWG.
Pure essential oils are the best secret weapon in green cleaning with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, degreasing and deodorizing properties.
Use for: natural fragrance, killing microbes, cleaning surfaces, sticky spots, and more. My favorites for cleaning are lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, oregano, and clove, amongst others.
Ingredient Caution: Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils, and are often synthetic, unsustainably made and carry all sorts of additives. In case you’re curious, I have chosen to use this brand.
Glass (Spray) Containers
You’ll need a few glass spray bottles to DIY a few effective cleaners. Although this picture doesn’t do them justice, in addition to being durable and eco-friendly, these from Kuishi are gorgeous too!
I also own a few dispenser bottles that I use for my homemade foaming hand soap and natural body wash. Storage bottles or mason jars are super convenient for safekeeping dry products like natural carpet deodorizer or even natural dry shampoo.
Microfiber cloths make cleaning while minimizing the need for harsh chemicals! Use them dry to dust surfaces or remove streaks and grease from stainless steel.
When used wet, together with an all-purpose cleaner or bathroom cleaner, it will make disinfecting and scrubbing quick and easy. They’re also inexpensive, reusable and long-lasting if you refrain from washing them with fabric softener or chlorine bleach.
A Good Vacuum
Sure you could use a broom and dustpan combination for everything for the rest of your life, but to me, a good quality vacuum is pretty much non-negotiable. A build-up of dust is incredibly unhealthy and frankly gross and I don’t want myself or my loved ones breathing that in.
I haven’t bought it myself yet but once my current vacuum gives out I’m going to get this super versatile stick-style vacuum. It has AMAZING reviews and is perfect for people with limited storage space, and easy to use regularly for floors, furniture and even for places above your head because it’s lightweight.
Natural Carpet Cleaner DIY
This cleaner can clean your carpet from dirt and stains. It’s super easy too, simply mix, scrub and rinse!
Fill a glass spray bottle (500mL) with:
- Fill it almost fully with water
- Sal Suds (add 1tbs- trust me, don’t do more! SO many bubbles!)
- Optional: Lavender essential oil (10-20 drops)
Spray the spots very sparingly and try not to saturate it. Just use one or two squirts! Gently rub the spot with a wet cloth, rinsing it while you go, until dipped in a bucket of plain hot water. Keep rinsing the rag and rubbing some more until the spots are lifted out and no Sal Suds remains.
Natural Carpet Deodorizer DIY
This recipe can easily deodorize your carpet while adding your favorite fragrances naturally.
In a glass container that allows for some air to escape mix:
- Baking Soda (1/2 full)
- Cornstarch (1/2 full)
- Your favorite essential oils. I like Lavender. (10-20 drops)
Sprinkle on carpet, leave to sit for 30 minutes and vacuum.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Natural Carpet Cleaner & Deodorizer
Gone are the days where you’re only choice is to use heavy duty stuff that can harm your skin and your lungs. Using green cleaning ingredients to clean and deodorize your carpet is a super easy way to start swapping toxic ingredients for more natural alternatives.
Green cleaning is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and the environment and doesn’t have to be any harder than cleaning with harmful chemicals. In fact, with safe and effective ingredients and the right green cleaning tools, you’ll be able to save not only time but also money.
Start with a few simple recipes today by grabbing my green cleaning ebook for free!
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Katelyn has a Masters degree in Nutrition & Health Sciences. She helps people find easy ways to live a healthy life. She loves everything related to nutrition, health, nature, travel, and personal development. She is also Carol’s right hand at Soul Essentials.