Homemade Baby-Safe Carpet Fresheners

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We all know babies spend their time crawling on the floor when they are not cozily tucked in their cradles. That is why, maintaining your carpet as clean as is humanly possible is of extreme importance, especially when one considers the fact the tiny fingers are more than likely to end up in baby’s mouth, along with all the bad bacteria and grime.

Yet, most of the commercial carpet cleaning products, though effective, contain hazardous chemical compounds which are hardly good for you or your baby. Why not check these few tips on how to make your own carpet fresheners, using nothing but ingredients that are 100% safe for your baby?

1. Minimize Filthiness

Regular maintenance of all carpeting should already be an established practice when your baby enters your life and home, respectively. It is highly recommended to vacuum your carpeting as often as possible. Mind that twice per week is the recommended minimum for this activity. It would be a good idea to spread a small rug or a doormat in front of the door for everyone to wipe clean their soles before entering. If possible, ask all your guests, family members, and visitors to take off their shoes at the door.

2. Keep the Carpets Dry

Before we proceed with our homemade carpet detergent recipes, we would like to say a few words on why it’s important to keep your carpets optimally dry. Humidity and moisture will lead to mildew, mold and fungi. You don’t want those to end up in your baby’s respiratory system, do you? Avoid washing your carpet on days that are especially humid – it will take hours to dry out completely, if at all.

Then again, wet washing your carpet on a freezing winter day is not recommended, either, mostly, because the cold weather will prevent you from opening your windows to air the premises. This again will result in a moist carpet that’s impossible to dry.

3. Prep Up a Baby-Friendly Carpet Freshener

Don’t worry, prepping up your home-made carpet detergent is far easier than it originally sounds. Moreover, it will cost you next to nothing as there is a good chance you will find all the necessary ingredients in your kitchen. And all of those are perfectly safe for the little one because they are 100% natural!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm filtered water
  • half a cup of vinegar (use white vinegar only and stay away from darker varieties)
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • few drops of lemon juice or essential oil (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir well.
  2. Pour the solution in an old spray bottle, and it’s ready to be used.
  3. Spray solution on the problematic spots on the carpet. Allow to sit for about fifteen minutes, and gently rub the stain away with a clean, damp towel. That’s all.

If you find the smell of vinegar too aggressive, you can add a few drops of lemon juice or your favorite essential oil to eliminate the strong odor.

Option Number Two

If you prefer to stay away from vinegar completely, there is yet another option provided by TopDomesticCleaners SW15 for you. Try mixing one part of Castile soap with two parts of distilled water in a spray bottle. Add a shot of alcohol to the mix as this will help disinfect the fluffy fabric of the carpet. Castile soap is totally safe for you to use around your home as it is typically made of olive oil and soda – both ingredients are natural, but read the label on the bottle (just in case!) before you buy it.

Alternatives for Effective Removal of Oil Stains

The options here are numerous, but the good news is each one of them is safe for the latest addition to your family, i.e. your baby. Grease and oil are tough to remove, true. Yet, the sooner you react, the better. Make sure you sprinkle the greasy spot with table or Kosher salt as soon as the mischief happens. The salt is very efficient in absorbing grease and oil. Other safe products suitable for the purpose include cornstarch, baking soda, and cornmeal.

As you can see there is absolutely no need to resort to conventional carpet cleaning solutions. These are chemical-laden, not to mention they are often expensive. Give our tips and carpet freshener recipes a try to keep your baby safe and your carpet clean! For other domestic needs for natural cleaners, check out our articles 15 Items That Will Keep Your Home Clean and Green and Keep Your Pipes Clean with Homemade Drain Cleaner.

Happy cleaning!

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Author:Victoria Naylor

Victoria is a DIY maniac. She writes articles about homemade baby-safe cleaning detergents and cleaning methods. She's based in the UK.

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