Every year it seems I get on a new cleaning kick. This year was the carpets upstairs. Today, I am sharing how to clean your carpets organically.
Last year I shared how to clean your stove grates
and How to clean your wood floors. All good tips by the way.
The only place in our home with carpet is the upstairs.
I would love to rip it out to be honest with you. However, it clearly is not in the budget this year and it may not be for years to come. Considering we have a son going off to college this year.
Over Christmas I saw on line a Bissel carpet cleaner for about 80.00 at Walmart. I thought, geez that is a good deal considering it cost you about $50.00 just to rent one. I ordered it with free shipping an in less than a week it was at my door.
I knew I would wait until the kids went back to school and this would be my top priority to get this upstairs carpet cleaned. You see, I have never once had Stanley Steamer at our home.
Steam cleaning your carpets is one of the most toxic things you can do to your home because of the chemical perchloroethylene contained in most commercial carpet cleaning solutions. However, there is an alternative and I was bound and determined to try it.
We all know how effective vinegar is. One of the latest trends I am seeing is the use of Essential oils. People are really into them and swearing by their every effectiveness. I thought I would try some lavender essential oils and combine the two.
The solution I used was 3 cups of hot water to 3 cups of vinegar and about 20 droplets of Lavender. You can use as many droplets as you like. This was just an experiment so I thought for my first room I would try with 20 droplets. The entire house smelled heavenly.
Just some of the uses of Lavender essential oils are:
Bee sting / Insect bite
Minor burns and cuts
Eczema / Dermatitis
Nausea or motion sickness
Dry or chapped skin
Cold sores. Those are just to name a few I found off the net. Who knew?
Back to the carpet cleaner.
Did this organic carpet cleaner work?
You bet it did! I poured most of it down the toilet but I wanted to share with your the dirt and crud so I poured it in the sink to show you.
It was so gross. Even though I mentioned I never have had Stanley steamer here, I have however had the Oxi-clean carpet companies here. No comparison, sorry oxi-clean, you are off the list.
I would really recommend you investing in a steam cleaner and doing it yourself this organic way.
The carpets seriously look like new again. Considering we have been in our home for almost 9 years and this sitting room is more of the boys hang out room, these carpets get a lot of wear and tear on them.
The room itself is in much need of a re-do. I have done nothing to it in years.
Everything in here is old, or redone, or from the thrift store. Nothing wrong with that, but it will be time for a change this coming year.
If nothing else, it sure is clean!
This desk is was painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint a few years ago.
I have to say it is holding up well.
Along with the Good will stool, I also painted with Annie Sloan. I believe the color was duck egg blue. One of my favorite colors.
I do like the Family rules sign I found at Walmart last year. I hope the boys obey it..I would say for the most part that I could hear anyhow, they do.
Lamp and curtains are from World Market. I do like those too. Somehow, I will have to keep these items incorporated in the redo.
Cheers and Cheers to clean carpets. I hope you give it a try and let me know.
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