Pets are great they bring so much fun and happiness to a family that they become members themselves. Playing with and just sitting on the couch snuggling with furry friends has proven to add years to the lives of pet owners. Furry friends are great but sometimes they are not so friendly to our carpets. From bathroom mishaps to tracked in mud our furry friends have potential to cause some significant soiling on the flooring. The best way to clean these stains is with natural cleaners you can make yourself. Cleaners made of natural ingredients have been found to be more effective than chemical commercial cleaners.
For all cleaners remember to test on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to ensure it is safe to use and soak up as much of the stain as possible before applying any solution.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar works wonders at cleaning many things in the home and baking soda is a natural deodorizer. Here are three ways to use it.
Method 1- mix together 2 cups of white distiller vinegar, two cups water and 4 tablespoons baking soda. Be sure to use a container big enough to contain fizzing when you add the baking soda. After everything is mixed well either put solution in spray bottle or pour directly over stain after soaking up what you could. Allow to sit and blot dry.
Method 2- mix solution the same as you would in method one but instead of adding baking soda first sprinkle it on the carpet and allow to sit for five minutes and vacuum then follow with the vinegar solution.
Method 3- pour baking soda on the stain and then pour the vinegar solution over the baking soda allow the solution to bubble and fizz on carpet while dissolving the stain. Blot up with a clean cloth.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Hydrogen Peroxide is also great at breaking down stains especially urine this combined with the deodorizing effects of baking soda is a great stain fighting combo.
When you have soaked up all of the stain you possibly can take some baking soda and sprinkle it on the stain. Next grab a 3% hydrogen peroxide and mix a 1/2-cup with 1teaspoon of mild liquid dish soap. Pour the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap over the baking soda then gently scrub the mixture into the fibers. Let the solution sit for 10 to 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat the process as necessary for really tough stains.
This one uses citrus enzymes to break down stains it takes a bit of time to make it but it truly effective and it smells good too.
Using a large clear container such as a Mason jar pour in 7 tables spoons of brown sugar. Next add 1 1/2 cups of lemon and/or orange peels then pour in a liter of water. Close the cap and shake vigorously until everything is well combined. When done open the lid up to half way to vent and prevent exploding. Finally store in a cool dry place and let sit for about three months and you will have an enzymatic cleaner ready for pet stain removal. Just apply to blotted stain let sit for a few and blot again.