Simple Homemade Mild Cleaning Products

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar also makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin. In the kitchen, use vinegar-and-water spray to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas. In the bathroom, spray countertops, floors and exterior surfaces of the toilet. Spray shower walls generously with the warmed solution, allow to stand for 10 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

Laundry softener:

White vinegar softens clothes and cuts detergent residue. For family members with sensitive skin, add 1 cup to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener.

Baking Soda:

Baking soda's mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanity units or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. Also sprinkle on Carpet then let it sit for 10 min then vacuum afterwards. For Customers with allergens we use baking soda prior to Deep steam cleaning when controlling odor. Just let our Carpet Technician know when dealing with odor control about the allergens. We also use a product in our carpet cleaning services that is mild, but some people cannot have any perfume or deodorizer left in the carpet do to severe allergic reaction.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol provides the base for an evaporating cleaner to rival commercial window and glass cleaning solutions. Use it on windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles. Its great on cell phones but apply it sparingly to the cloth not directly onto the phone. We here at Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning use Alcohol to help remove ink on carpet. Try it next time.

Green Clean Recipes

Homemade cleaning products offer many advantages to cost-conscious households. Try these cleaning recipes as a starting point, increasing or decreasing their strength as your household's cleaning needs require.

1) General Cleaner

  • Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar. Mix in a spray bottle:
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Lemon Juice from one lemon

2) Strong All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Mix in a spray bottle:
  • 2 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia
  • 2 tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid
  • 4 cups water

3) Glass Cleaner

  • Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of rubbing alcohol. Mix in a spray bottle:
  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

4) Room deodorizer

  • Lemon peels and Orange peels left in a bowl. Place in the room next to the chair you sit in for the fresh smell.

Should You Rinse Your Carpet?

Ask yourself this would you rinse your dishes, hair, clothes? The same can be said of Cleaning your carpet. Yet so many carpet cleaners place the soap right into the carpet extractor and clean your carpet; leaving the soap behind.

Next time ask your Carpet Tech what are you spraying out of your machine? Is it soap? He may say “it’s a special cleaning agent that is mild and leaves your carpet fresh”. In other words he’s really saying I’m leaving soap behind. I don’t care how mild it is, it could be the greenest cleaning agent around, its still being left on your carpet. It also leaves a film and when you drop any moisture it will attract soil. Same could be said of your children and the pets in your home. What are they walking on? Is it safe? Remember little wet fingers and paws reactivate the detergents left behind.

Why should you Vacuum ?

Vacuuming is the most important cleaning task one can do to remove Allergen in the air.  By vacuuming one can remove 60 percent of dust build up in the home.  Most allergies are dust related and if you have pets you can be assure theres more there then meets the eye.  Most often, pet allergy is triggered by exposure to the dead flakes of skin (dander) a pet sheds. Any animal with fur can be a source of pet allergies.  There is dust mites in mattresses.  Dust in AC vents and carpet can be a source to catch many of the dust that collects on the carpet.

Best way of removing all of these harmful particles in the air is to do full cleaning starting with your vents.  We suggest you have your AC ducts cleaned and your filters replace.  Then do a dust “shake down” thats when you dust everything starting from the ceiling using a dust mop on a pole to reach places you cant reach.  Make sure to work your way down wiping the walls and don’t forget to hit all ceiling fans. Use a feather duster to remove dust from book shelfs and furniture leaving no dust behind.  Remember you can use a small blower to get behind bookshelves and hard to reach furniture.  Please use a mask to protect you from inhaling the dust.  Use protective eyewear and cover your hair if you not ready to shower immediately afterwards.  Take your time don’t rush, allow the vacuum to do its job.  Make sure to invest in a vacuum with a hepa air filter.  Make an air filter using a cheap box fan.  Go to a hardware and pick up Filtrete 1500 Ultra Allergen air Filter by 3M.  Find one that fits closest to a box fan and I use tie downs to hold in place.  I then turn the fan on high and place it in varies places in the room to move airborne particles.  Make sure to clean the filter outside your home.  I would suggest you to use a filter like this for your AC unit.  If you don’t want to spend the money on one like this then make sure to replace them every 3 to 6 months.  Another suggestion is to have your carpet Steam Clean.  We have 2 step process which involves rinsing all carpet free of soaps and residue.  We recommend vacuuming afterwards to remove any dust and carpet fibers that come loose after cleaning. Following this system will help your family to breath and live better.  Remember we can take care of all your carpet cleaning and upholstery needs.  We also do tile and floor cleaning.