Natural, make at home solutions for use in carpet cleaning
machines - National Green Living
What natural options exist for...
lemon juice or half an already juiced lemon leftover from cooking
sodium carbonate (washing soda, electric soda)
sodium bi...
Add a little of the hot water and washing soda solution to thin the mixture, trying not to create
bubbles.
Pour the thinne...
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Natural, make at home solutions for use in carpet cleaning machines - National Green Living

What natural options exist for cleaning soft furnishings and carpets, that actually work? Many peop...
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  • 1. Natural, make at home solutions for use in carpet cleaning machines - National Green Living What natural options exist for cleaning soft furnishings and carpets, that actually work? Many people are sensitive to dust, mites and the toxins produced by moulds as well as the chemicals in commercial cleaning solutions, which presents somewhat of a conundrum. Others are particularly aware of the damage that environmental chemicals can do to delicate endocrine balances and growing bodies and wish to protect their children from the health consequences that they themselves have suffered after being exposed to hormone disrupting chemicals at a tender age. Flickr/go_greener_oz So what, asks Melody, can you safely use to clean things with, that will do a good job? As a general rule, I use a combination of the following for most carpet cleaning things: white vinegar
  • 2. lemon juice or half an already juiced lemon leftover from cooking sodium carbonate (washing soda, electric soda) sodium bicarbonate (slightly less effective than sodium carbonate, but still useful for some things) essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, lemon myrtle lavender. borax salt laundry soap dishwashing detergent This is the recipe for the cleaning solution I use in my carpet shampooing machine when the need arises. It makes 2L of concentrate. Ingredients: 1.7 litres of white vinegar or 1.7 litres of tepid water 3 tablespoons washing soda (also called electric soda or sodium carbonate) 250 millilitres boiling water 1.7 litres tepid water 10 millilitres dishwashing detergent 25 millilitres eucalyptus essential oil 10 millilitres lemon essential oil 5 millilitres tea tree essential oil 2 litre bottle, preferably glass, to hold the finished solution. Note: To make an alkaline solution, just use water. This is best for most general grunge and dirt in carpets as the washing soda will make an alkaline solution which very effectively strips away fat/oil based stains. If you have mould or animal urine to contend with, use the vinegar instead of water and omit the washing soda (it has a very high pH and will neutralise the vinegar). Method 1 (alkaline): Dissolve the washing soda in the boiling water (straight from the kettle is fine). Combine the dishwashing detergent and the essential oils in a small jug or cup, stir until combined.
  • 3. Add a little of the hot water and washing soda solution to thin the mixture, trying not to create bubbles. Pour the thinned solution into the bottle which already contains the 1.7 litres of water, then add more of the washing soda solution to the cup to rinse out all of the dishwashing liquid and essential oil mix. Repeat http://texascarpetcleaningfinders.blogspot.co.uk/ steps 3 4 until you have used up all the washing soda solution and everything is in one bottle. Method 2 (acidic): Pour 1.7 litres of water into a glass 2 litre bottle. Combine the dishwashing detergent and the essential oils in a small jug or cup, stir until combined. Add a little warm water to thin the mixture, trying not to create bubbles. Pour the thinned solution into the bottle then add more warm water to the cup or jug to rinse out all of the dishwashing liquid and essential oil mix. Repeat steps 3 4 until you have cleaned out the dishwashing detergent and essential oil jug and the bottle is full. You can either decant the mix into a spray bottle and spray directly on stains and leave to sit for a period of time before using just plain warm in the carpet cleaning machine, or for larger areas, add a cup of the concentrate to 2 litres of warm water in the holding tank of the machine. If you have problems with the solution foaming too much in the recovery tank (where the dirty water winds up, not where the clean water is held), add a few drops to a teaspoon of fabric softener depending on how bad it is, or a teaspoon of salt. Either will stop the bubbles from forming. I don't usually have to worry about this though. This mix is, I think, more effective than the commercial solution that the manufacturer of my machine recommends and it definitely smells better! As always, test on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet before going to town on the whole house and don't be afraid to tweak the recipe to suit your needs. This mix is targeted towards removing stains which have an oily or fatty base, as do most, particularly on the floors, or those with a biological component. If there are some residual stains http://www.airgle.com/blog/chemical-exposure/chemical-fumes-dangers/ that this mix hasn't removed, you can try spraying with hydrogen peroxide, which is a safe alternative to bleach. It will break down quite quickly into just water and oxygen. To read more articles by Anne Seccombe click on the links for Health, PCOS, Nutrition, Low Carbohydrate Lifestyles or Green Living. To receive an email with future articles by Anne, click on the Subscribe button below. You can also find more information on PCOS at My PCOS Info.
  • 4. This article was originally published at My PCOS Info - Questions Answers. Further references and links to the studies mentioned can be found there. (C) Copyright 2012 Anne Seccombe. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without the express permission of the author. All rights reserved.

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