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Green Carpet Cleaning

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If I had it my way, there would be no carpet in our house. We’d stick with hardwood and tile! But, I don’t have it my way right now and we have some carpet in our house. With four children, it’s inevitable that the carpet gets dirty  even though we have a no eating or drinking policy on the carpet, try to vacuum it often, and ask people to remove their shoes at the door as often as possible.

Carpet cleaners tout their services as necessary for prolonging the life of carpet. But is carpet cleaning safe? Traditional carpet cleaning can be toxic. The chemicals (particularly trichloroethylene or TCE) that some carpet cleaning products rely on are suspected in leukemia outbreaks and ground water contamination.

While some carpet cleaners use chemical cleaners, others just use water. Water is better than chemicals, but you want to make sure all the water is effectively removed from the carpet so the pad doesn’t grow mold!

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It’s a good idea to ask carpet cleaners what type of cleaning compounds they use so you can avoid the toxic chemicals and how they get all the water out. I know I don’t want my toddler breathing in and ingesting nasty chemicals or mold from my carpet. In addition to polluting indoor air quality and causing other health concerns, some cleaners, especially high pH products, can actually promote stains because they leave behind counter-productive residues.

How to Clean Carpet without Using Chemicals

So, how do you keep your carpets clean and safe without the harsh chemicals? Luckily, a lot of safe household products work really well at removing stains and odors. We recently deodorized our carpet with a big box of baking soda. We smeared the box into the carpet, let it sit overnight, and then vacuumed it up the next morning. It worked really well! And the best part, that box of baking soda cost under $4!clean carpet without chemicalsI also spilled red wine on my carpet a few days ago. I know – I need to follow my own no eating or drinking rules, eh? Of course, it was a nice big spot in a very conspicuous area on my carpet. I acted very quickly and the spot is gone! First, I dumped a huge amount of salt on the carpet. I left the salt there overnight and vacuumed it up the next morning. It looked like Kool-aid the next morning because it absorbed quite a lot of the spilled wine. I should have taken pictures…

The salt didn’t get the whole stain out, though, so I turned to hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a trick I learned from our home birth midwives. It’s also effective at getting blood out of fibers (but you want to test it out first to make sure it doesn’t discolor your carpets or fabric). I just dumped some HP on the carpet and scrubbed with a brush. The hydrogen peroxide did the trick and there is no big red wine spot on my carpet anymore! Yay!

green carpet cleanersOther household products that work well for carpet cleaning in addition to the hydrogen peroxide, salt, and baking soda are corn starch, vinegar, club soda, and borax. Next time you pick up a package of one of those products, look at the directions. You might be surprised how many ways they can be used around your house! Here is also a helpful link for how to deal with specific stains, but they do recommend some chemicals so read with caution.

How do you keep your carpets clean without chemicals? For more information, read this information from Healthy Child, Healthy World here, here, and here.

For more Green Cleaning Tips, check out these posts:

Decrease Toxins with 4 Frugal Cleaning Supplies

How to Clean Porcelain Sinks without Bleach

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

Do You Know What’s in YOUR Home Cleaning Products

What are your trips for cleaning carpet without using chemicals?

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

Comments

  1. Lisa says

    November 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I had a red wine spill as well! I dumped the salt and vacuumed it up that night, then used my Spot Bot with water, it got it up completely. I’ll have to remember the hydrogen peroxide trick too.

  2. Lauren says

    May 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    What great tips! We are the same way with carpet. We have it in two of our bedrooms, but, ironically, it’s our throw rug in the living room that gets the dirtiest! My two little girls are constantly spilling food, juice, etc., so I will definitely be giving these tricks a try! Thank you!

  3. Mi2 Mark says

    May 10, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Clean Carpet without using chemicals is unbelievable to many cleaners, but you prove it here that carpet cleaning is also possible without using chemical.

  4. Kaye says

    March 17, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I use baking soda and vinegar as well for my cleaning. Vinegar with water and lemon juice is also an effective cleaning solution. I would recommend that too.

  5. Gloria Miranda says

    May 8, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Aside from being ingredient, I thought baking soda can only be used to clean mattress but not knowing it can also be used for carpet cleaning. I should try this! Thank you Michelle for sharing tips for keeps!

  6. Isabel says

    June 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I’ve also used Hydrogen peroxide and yes, it works pretty good. I work as a cleaner (Cleaners Up Ltd.) and I deal with carpets every day. I can recommend using a mixture between baking soda and essential oil. You can mix them with water and it works very good against carpet stains! 🙂 Thanks for the post! I find it really interesting! 🙂

  7. Robert says

    December 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Clean carpet or rug without using harmful chemicals is unbelievable to many cleaners, but you prove it here that carpet cleaning is also possible without using chemical.

  8. Hazel Owens says

    April 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I like your tip to ask carpet cleaners what products they use so you can avoid toxic chemicals. Having harmful fumes or mold in your house is not a fun thing, especially if you have young children. I also liked your tip to pour salt on a liquid spill and use hydrogen peroxide if the stain is still there. Thanks for the article!

  9. Mary Grace @Whole House Carpet Cleaning says

    June 30, 2016 at 3:53 am

    We should learn how to clean our carpets first before getting professional aid. You’ll be amazed on the information spread in the internet for DYI carpet cleaning tips and tricks!

  10. Steve Kimble says

    September 18, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Thanks for useful tips. Hydrogen peroxide works quite well to clean stains on carpets. Apart from that, some light stains can be lifted by just plain rubbing alcohol as well. And if the stain is a bit too strong, use a vinegar followed by dishsoap.

  11. john says

    October 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Cleaning carpets without using chemicals is the best idea,it cleans the carpet without harming your hands.Hydrogen peroxide works great on the carpets,its action is much quicker and faster.Thanks for sharing such an informative article.

  12. Christina says

    October 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    You had a great idea about asking the professionals which type of compounds they use, especially since you had such a young child crawling around the carpet at the time of this post. You also list a considerable number of resources for those seeking more info about natural carpet cleaning and home care.

  13. Christina says

    November 4, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Your description of having your way with no carpet is pretty well understood. It always continues to require cleaning, no matter what prevention you take, just as you shared.

  14. jim says

    November 17, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Before going through your article I don’t know that corn starch, vinegar, club soda, and borax are also used for cleaning the carpets.I used them definitely.Thanks for sharing!

  15. Maria says

    January 7, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Cleaning a carpet is difficult. I know because once I used to clean my room carpet manually using a normal floor duster cleaner. But right now there are various types of vacuum cleaners that help clean carpet easily and takes less time.

  16. Ryan says

    March 31, 2017 at 11:15 am

    These are great carpet cleaning tips! I have a cream color carpet so you basically see every mess, so I will have to try these tips! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Michael G. Nealon says

    May 14, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Hey Buddy,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I recently found a post on green carpet cleaning online. Just to know more about green carpet cleaning methods, I was searching for some more informative articles like this.

    You are right, making use of some commonly found household products like baking soda, vinegar, club soda, etc. can help in making our carpets more clean and that too without use of any harmful chemicals.

    I really appreciate your idea of going green with carpet cleaning methods. I hope more and more people will follow this chain.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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