So one of my goals to accomplish as soon as school started was to clean my extremely dirty carpets. I have put this off all summer and it was time. In the past, I have always paid carpet cleaning companies to do this for me. This time, I was super conscience about the chemicals and wanted to find my own way. My mother in law owns a Rug Doctor, so I called her up and asked to borrow it. I spent a good amount of time on the internet researching safe alternatives to clean my carpet.
This is the best recipe I found:
1 gallon hot water
3/4 cup White Vinegar
2 cups baking soda
9 drops Lemon Essential Oil
I grabbed my bag of baking soda and sprinkled it over the entire carpet as well as the super bad stains. I put a large amount of baking soda on these spots then a splash of vinegar to get the stain fighting power activated. This will make the spot bubble and kids love to watch it.
After I made the solution, (do not put baking soda in it, this is for the pretreatment only) I put the liquid mixture into the rug doctor and it smelled amazing. I was worried the amount of vinegar would take over the aroma, but it did not. It smelled fresh, clean, and more importantly non-toxic! I really should’ve taken a before picture, but I was too embarrassed by how dirty my carpets were. So, here is the water that was left behind and here is the newly cleaned carpets.