Jan 31, 2008

CLEANING YOUR UPHOLSTERY

When you have kids in the house, you just have to try all sorts of stuff to get rid of their icky hands. No. 2 works well if you have toddler during toilet training time...like my little girl. She would let you know she's urgent and she would just pee on the spot. Now she's off her training pants and she can sleep through the night anyway.

It is good to store lots of baking soda at home. I buy them by the half dozens, really. hahaha for cooking and for my fridge too. Gets rid of unpleasant smells.


Another spring cleaning tip for you!

Carpets/Upholstery

1) A great non-toxic carpet stain remover is club soda. Soak spot immediately with soda and blot until the stain is gone.

2) Pet Urine on Carpets: Dab area with toweling to absorb as much as possible, wash spot with liquid dish detergent, and rinse with 1/2 cup vinegar diluted in 1 qt warm water. Lay towels or paper towels over the spot and weight down to absorb excess moisture. Let stand 4 to 6 hours, then remove toweling, brush up nap and allow to dry completely. Use an electric fan to speed drying.

3) Red wine stains can be removed from carpet by rubbing baking soda in and vacuuming.

4) Sprinkle cornstarch onto carpet, vacuum.

5) To remove grease spots from carpets, first sop up the liquid with a sponge, then rub a liberal amount of baking soda into the spot. Let it absorb overnight. Next day, remove the excess and vacuum the area.

6) To remove grease spots from carpets, first absorb excess with a sponge, then rub a liberal amount of corn starch into the spot. Let sit overnight, then vacuum.

7) Dry cornstarch sprinkled on rug and vacuumed.

8) Carpet Fresher-4 cups baking soda or cornstarch, 35 drops Eucalyptus essential oil, 30 drops Lavender essential oil, 25 drops Rosewood essential oil or any combination of your favorite essentail oils Measure 4 cups of baking soda into a bowl, add essential oils. Break up any clumps that form, stir until well mixed. Before vacuuming sprinkle powder from a shaker type can or jar. Let it sit on the carpet for about 15 minutes then vacuum.

9) Herbal Carpet Freshener-1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup lavender flowers. Crush the lavender flowers to release their scent. Mix well with baking soda and sprinkle liberally on carpets. Vacuum after 30 minutes.

10) Sprinkle baking soda on carpets before vacuuming for a natural rug deodorizer