The same deep cleaning that carpets receive when you shampoo them can also be applied to your furniture. Instead of replacing your furniture when they start to look worn with stubborn stains try renting a carpet shampooer and rubbing down your furniture. Here’s an instructional video for a common carpet shampoo machine.
Make sure you rent a machine with the upholstery cleaning option. At about 1 minute and 37 seconds into the video you can see the switches to change the shampoo mode the machine will operate in. At the 4 minute mark in the video it will show you how to use the upholstery attachment on the cleaner.
If you’re a fan of owning instead of renting the Bissel Little Green PROheat is an economical and compact cleaner. This cleaner is good for large house holds or just stain prone people but if you’re looking for something that can handle commercial applications you may want to upgrade from this model.
In our search of an Earth-friendly cleaning, we discovered Mary Moppins, a former house cleaner turned inventor.
We’re reposting this article from her blog for our friends who love using scented candles in their homes. We hope you find these tips useful!
Candle burning precautions:
Never burn a candle near flammable material. They do not belong on window sills, next to walls, near lamps, or furniture.
Here are a few tips for safe handling:
- Place all candles, burning or not, on a glass plate. Wax sweats even if it is not being burned and will leave un-removable color stains on furniture.
- Never move a lit candle or one that has been blown out. Heat sets a stain and the color from hot wax is permanent.
- Look for candles without lead wicks and made from soy. Soy candles emit less smoke and therefore fewer toxins into the air.
- People love scented candles. Only the scents could be causing lung and breathing issues as well as allergic reactions. Burn unscented candles and instead simmer a pot of cinnamon sticks, cloves, or other fresh herbs on the stove. Or place cinnamon sticks in small bud vases around a room.
- Avoid the scented air fresheners as well. They numb your sinuses so you can’t smell odors, the fragrances are often toxic adding to indoor air pollution and the chemicals in them can cause polyps and sinus infections. Plug-ins and the fresheners that go off when you walk past them are even worse.
How to remove candle wax from carpet:
- Scrape off what you can with a blunt knife.
- Grab a hair dryer and several white paper towels – never use a printed paper towel.
- Turn the heat on the hair dryer to medium high and begin heating the wax.
- As the wax softens, dab it with the paper towel.
- Continue heating the wax and blotting until all the wax has been removed. If the candle was colored, the heat from the wax has set the color and is nearly impossible to remove.
Gizmodo has a new article out “Homebrew Cleaners vs Corporate Chemicals: Who Wins?” that pits different DIY home cleaner recipes to their store bought equivalents. They tested the following combinations:
- Dish soap and baking soda vs. Multi-surface cleaner
- 1:1 ratio of olive oil and vinegar vs. Wood polish spray
- 1 part Rubbing Alcohol, 1 part white Vinegar and 2 parts Water vs. Glass Cleaner
- One cup vinegar in One gallon of water vs. Wood floor polish
We won’t spoil the results, can check them out here on this link. We will offer you information on a middle ground between these two extremes. Here’s a list of products that are green and readily available online or in stores.
Sierra Natural Cleaners have enough products to stock a janitorial closet. They even have non chlorine whiteners and all natural air fresheners.
Mrs. Meyer’s makes cleaning products from natural essential oils. They also have a lot of fun scents like geranium and baby blossom.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap is a bit of a legend and even an urban legend. You may have seen this soap with the wrap around message across the label but did you know they now make a lot more products?
Bonus link: Check out someone’s test of the different uses of Dr. Bronner’s soap here.