Friday, July 8, 2011

Do It Yourself: Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Solution

We are all moms....dads...pet owners.... Therefore we understand that dirt is inevitable!

Do you know how harmful the conventional carpet cleaners are?
Hazardous ingredients have historically been a common feature among effective carpet cleaning products. For instance, 3M’s notable Scotchgard products contained perfluoro-octane sulfonate (POS), a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and potential hormone disruptor, as a key ingredient. Tetrachloroethylene, a “probable human carcinogen”, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and one of a number of materials thought to have potentially lead to the leukemia cluster in Woburn, Massachusetts, as portrayed in the film “A Civil Action”, has also been an ingredient in carpet cleaning products. (Daimer)
Need to cut grease and remove tough dirt from your carpet in an environmentally safe way? A way in which you are comfortable in using while your children are around?
Here is a simple formula for your next carpet cleaning endeavor!
3/4 c.    Very hot water
1/2 c.    White vinegar
1 tbsp.   Hydrogen peroxide (omit for dark colored carpets)
1 tbsp.   Liquid castile soap
1 tbsp.   Powdered citric acid
20 drops    Grapefruit seed extract
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well.
Pour formula into your steam cleaner and clean carpet.
Sources:
Natural Home, July/August 2010
Daimer.com

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