Cleaning carpets can be a challenge for anyone with sensitivities, and to be honest most people I know with MCS, don’t have any carpets or area rugs. But there are a few who do, so here are some hints that a few people have shared.
-Don’t let young children eat or do art projects in a carpeted area.
-Clean up any spills as soon as possible.
-Remember to blot spills, not rub.
– Remove food stains with vinegar and a drop of dishwashing soap.
-Remove ink stains by covering the spot with sprinkled cream of tartar, then squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on top. Using the half cut lemon, gently go over the spot a few times. Brush away the powder and blot with a damp sponge.
-Remove mud stains or spots by sprinkling salt or baking soda, wait 30 minutes and then vacuum.
-Try to use as little liquid as possible when cleaning a rug. The wet backing makes it easier for stains to hide.
-Place your area rug outside on a regular basis to keep it clean and fresh smelling.
If you have a tough grease or dirt stain on your carpet try this recipe in your steam cleaner.
3/4 C hot water
1/3 C. white vinegar
1 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide-OMIT THIS FOR DARK COLORED CARPETS OR RUGS
1 Tbsp. castile soap
1 Tbsp. powdered citric acid
20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour liquid into your steam cleaner to clean your carpet, and follow directions for regular use.
Note: Always remember to test a small area first, to determine if you are able to use this product without ill effects to your health.