The worst part about having a light colored carpet is that every little stain shows. Such was the case on the medium sized stain I found in our carpet, of unknown origin (meaning I have no clue what was spilled there) and duration (saw it last night for the first time). As most of you know, the longer a stain sets in, the harder it will be to remove. So first thing this morning I decided to try and get it out. Since I did not have any stain remover in the house, and did not feel like going out just to get that, I decided to make my own eco-friendly carpet stain remover recipe with the products I already had.
There are many online recipes for eco-friendly stain removers. Most had a few ingredients in common: vinegar, castile soap, glycerin, borax, and salt. Like any green cleaner, I keep vinegar in stock by the gallon, and have soaps that contain both glycerin and castile soap (which I figured should work just as well). Unfortunately, I don’t normally use borax and was unable to use it. Still, the stain remover I was able to create with the ingredients available (Vinegar, glycerin based body wash, eco-friendly laundry detergent and salt) did a wonderful job.
Here is my impromptu carpet stain remover recipe for anyone who’s interested:
2 oz Distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon glycerin based bodywash
1 tablespoon eco-friendly laundry detergent
1 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a medium/small container and use a brush with hard bristles to scrub. Trust me, once you see how great it is, you’ll be going around the house searching for other spots. As you can see, I made a small amount since I only had the one spot. You can always double or triple your quantities depending on how much you think you need. Give it a try and be sure to let me know how it worked for you.
And remember, always Stay Green!
When moving to a new home, having a cleaning checklist makes the move-out process much easier to tackle! Whether you’re a landlord, a tenant, or a homeowner looking to spruce up your house, this quick and easy guideline will facilitate the moving/cleaning process.
In general, you always want to start your cleaning from the top of rooms and work your way down to the floors. Start mopping from the back of the house and make your way toward the front door- that way, when you’re done, all you have to do is walk out the door and lock up!
If you want to ditch the list, give Pure Cleaning Agency a call to book your next Move-In/Move-Out Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning! We’ll send the green-cleaning pros to get the job done so you don’t have to worry about it.
Happy Moving! And remember, always Stay Green!
Need to clean your tarnished silverware and get it ready for the holidays? Or maybe just want to wear that silver necklace/bracelet/pair of earrings to an upcoming party and they are badly tarnished? Don’t worry, we have a great, eco-friendly recipe for you! You probably already have the items you’ll need in your house now!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Have lots of pieces to clean at once? Cover the inside bottom of a glass, heatproof dish and place a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up, inside of it. Put the tarnished silver in the bottom of the dish and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Then proceed to pour boiling water over it until the silver piece(s) is covered. The tarnish will gradually collect on the aluminum foil and clean the sterling. Remove your silver, rinse thoroughly and polish with a soft, clean cloth.
2. Maybe it’s something smaller? Try some white toothpaste! Dab some on your finger and rub it into the tarnish. Add a toothbrush to the mix to get into small crevices ( preferably an old one with soft bristles).
3. Or bigger… Use baking soda and a clean, damp sponge. Make a paste of baking soda and water, then scoop the paste onto the sponge and rub it onto the silver. Rinse with hot water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth.
4. Or really persistent! For badly tarnished silver, leave the baking soda paste on the silver for an hour so before cleaning off with the help of the sponge and hot water.
Hope this helps you keep a clean, green home! For the tougher cleaning jobs, don’t be afraid to get help. Give us a give us a call or contact us for a free estimate. Happy holidays! And remember, always Stay Green!