|There's some stuff you just don't want on the carpet|
when you have kids and pets.
Photo by renjith krishnan
One of the “joys” of having kids around is utter trashing that your rugs receive. If there is something to spill, they will find a way to do that. Between two kids, parents who like to drink soda, and a cat who had what appeared to be some sort of eating disorder, our carpets look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
The other issue with having kids and cats underfoot is that the usual carpet cleaners you can purchase on the cleaning aisle are right next to stuff like Drano. In other words, nothing you want your kids or your cats playing with. They also tend to be one of the most expensive items on the cleaning aisle, especially since so many of them really only have one or two uses in them.
So I was pleased to find a carpet cleaner that doesn’t contain anything horrifying that I can quickly whip up in my own kitchen, from stuff that I always have hanging around. The trick to this cleaner is that you can’t just spray it on the carpet and let the foam sink in, you have to actually scrub it a bit. I used a sponge and applied it and then scrubbed the dickens out of it.
It actually works pretty well. Unlike some of the other homemade cleaners, I can’t say it works as well as the chemical stuff you buy on the store, but it wasn’t bad either. I think it’s going to take another application, but I have hope of salvaging out poor living room carpet yet. One thing it didn’t help with was a bright pink stain that I think might be the result of a spilled soda or some kind of juice. However, it did great with a number of other stains.
The recipe is simple. Not as simple as the dishwashing detergent, but just about. Just mix equal parts salt (we used Kosher salt), Borax, and white vinegar into a thick paste. I used about two tablespoons of each and that made enough to treat several stains. Just so you know, this isn't something you can keep. You just mix some up as you need it. It's just as fast as pulling a can out from under the sink. We also sprinkled baking soda on the carpet and then gave it a very thorough vacuuming. I plan to treat it again tomorrow to see if we can get anything more up. I’m thinking I might try adding a bit more vinegar into the mix so I can “dribble” the cleaner on, instead of dab.
Not bad though.