4 Simple Solutions for Removing Pesky Pet Odors Stains

When it comes to removing and eliminating pet stains and odors, the path to finding an effective cleaning solution can be tough. Depending on how bad the problem is, the power and amount of product you try can be the deciding factor in whether or not you can take care of the situation.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to take a professional carpet cleaning service to tackle the problem for you. Believe it or not, there are quite a few household products that you’re probably already using on a weekly basis that can help.

Here are 4 of the most effective and proven products that can return your house to normal and make your senses smile again.

1.) Baking Soda

First up we’ve got baking soda which shouldn’t be much of a surprise to most people. Baking soda is used in a variety of manners for cleaning, keeping our refrigerators fresh, and eliminating litter box odors.

For set in stains, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda and let it sit for a couple of hours then follow up with vacuuming.

2.) Club Soda

Club soda is known for it’s tough ability to take stains out of clothing, carpet, and plenty of other types of fabrics.

This treatment may take a few tries due to the effervescence. Blot the spot once the club soda stops fizzing and repeat as many times as needed until a change takes place. If this process isn’t working well for you, try following up with a baking soda.

3.) White Vinegar

White vinegar is great for neutralizing odors with the help of it’s high acidity, which can even treat the odors of set-in stains.

Vinegar is best used for blotting instead of rubbing so the stain doesn’t get rubbed deeper into the fibers of the carpet. After this is completed, dilute the white vinegar with equal parts cold water and pour it over the stain in small amounts, followed by blotting. For best results, vacuum over the area when it’s dry again.

4.) Bleach

Last but not least we have bleach. For thick, caked-on stains and deep odors on light colored carpets, bleach diluted with water can be a last resort for treatment. We’re talking 10 parts water to only 1 part bleach. Apply the solution with a spray bottle for best results and let the area sit for 15 seconds before rinsing with warm water.

We understand that using bleach could possibly change the color of your carpet depending upon the type. Because of this, we strongly suggest to test an area before applying all together to prevent possible discoloration. Let the test drop sit for a minute or so before applying water. Obviously, if no discoloration occurs then a bleach solution is safe for your stains.

How to Concoct Your Own Special Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

Carpet is comfortable for our homes but it inevitably becomes dirty and stained in time. Not only that, but deep down in the fibers can lie dirt and other debris that get ground in with vacuuming and frequent walking.

There are plenty of ways to take care of this but why spend a lot of money on renting a carpet cleaning machine or professional when you can make a formula for cheap and easy yourself. Of course it may not take care of the deep dirt, but it will sure keep a fresh top layer for your carpet.

Before beginning, you will need to acquire a few ingredients:

  • Spray Bottle
  • 1 Cup of Warm Water
  • Fresh Sponge
  • Clean Towel
  • 1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • *It’s best advised that you do a spot check before applying this mixture to any large areas. There are many types of carpet out there and they don’t all respond well to the same treatments.

Directions

1.) We begin by mixed all of the ingredients together into an efficient cleaning concoction. Keep in mind that vinegar and baking soda mixed together in large amounts can cause many bubbles and if you aren’t careful, a small explosion. Remember making a volcano in school and using these two ingredients to cause the “explosion?” Yeah, it’s that kind of explosion, ha.

Add the dishwashing liquid first, followed by the white vinegar, and finally the warm water. Put the lid on the spray bottle and hold it over a sink, just enough of an opening at the top to fit in the baking soda.

2.) Vacuum the area and then proceed wipe it gently with the abrasive side of your sponge.

3.) After you have made sure to do a spot check, spray the area with your mixture and gently dab the area with your towel. Be sure not to rub or scrub as this will push the stain deeper into the fibers of carpet, and make the stain more difficult to get rid of.

4.) You should already be able to start seeing some results. Continue to spray and dab the area with your towel to completely take care of the stain.

If the solution has not been as effective as you planned, try repeating the process once your carpet dries. Before doing this, we recommend that you do another spot check but this time on a small portion of the area you previously tried to clean.

5 Green Cleaning Combos for Your Kitchen

We all love a clean home. From the smell to the simple feeling of your home being fresh and clean, it’s a great feeling to have. But like we talked about in one of our last posts, most home cleaning products contain harmful substances that could be damaging to the health of everyone in your home.

Many people don’t consider this because these well-known cleaning products are cheap and just plain easier to obtain. But what is it worth to breathe in these cleaners for years?

Green cleaning is an optimal solution that can can cost pennies on the dollar, and give you a more genuine and natural feeling of clean. When it comes to your kitchen where all of your food is prepared and consumed, you certainly want a safe and optimal clean. In this article, we are going to share 6 tips with you to leave you with a refreshing sensation that is actually safe to enjoy.

These tips come straight to us from a dear friend that owns a professional cleaning business, and a well trusted source. Our friend Sam, has been in the business for 40 years and is like a walking dictionary for anyone looking for effective cleaning solutions.

1.) Let’s start with the fridge. If your refrigerator smells or contains a lot of leftovers, consider using a lemon rind with baking soda. Scoop out the inside of the lemon (don’t worry you don’t have to waste it; instead put it in your garbage disposal for a fresh clean and smell) and add some baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the smell while the lemon leaves behind a fresh scent and continue to keep your fridge smelling great.

2.) Speaking of your drain, it can get backed up from time to time without proper cleaning and disposed items being left behind. Instead of calling a plumber, try pouring hot water mixed with baking soda and a half a cup of white vinegar down your drain. Be sure to stay back a little, as this mixture should cause a large and fizzy reaction. Just make sure to not use too much baking soda and this could cause a large explosion you won’t want to handle. Remember making the erupting volcanoes in school? Yeah, it would be like that.

3.) Do the taps of your sink faucet have limescale on them? Regularly cleaning your faucets with a small amount of acidic vinegar should prevent this limescale from revisiting over and over again.

4.) The more you use surface cleaners, the more chances you have of breathing in the toxic chemicals they contain. Using a lemon for a surface cleaner kills bacteria and is a great way to cut through grease and other grime, not to mention leave a strong smell of clean.

5.) Over time, build up can occur on the tops of your counters. Dust and grease can get settled in from regular cooking over time, but can be tackled with a simple household product know as dish soap. Create a thick layer of dish soap and apply it to the affected areas, leaving it on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse well with a sponge or dishcloth and dab to try with a cotton towel.

With these five tips, your kitchen can take on an entirely new feeling of clean. After applying them for yourself you will never want to buy store bought cleaning products again, and continue to make your own for years to come.

What kind of green cleaning products have you tried to make your home and safer and more natural place?

Fantastic Formula For Cleaning Tile Grout Effectively

Tile and grout may be aesthetically pleasing to the human eye but when left dirty for some time, the opposite effect can sometimes take place. Tiny cracks along tile grout can be hard to reach and therefore clean, taking lots of time and even money to get clean again.

Despite what you may think, tile and grout cleaning doesn’t have to be that way and can be done quicker and easier.

The powerful solution we’re about to tell you about is cheap, efficient, and much less frustrating than hiring a professional or taking on the task yourself. So what exactly is this powerful solution?

The answer: Equal parts dish soap and white vinegar. Many people have said that Dawn has worked best for them, but in our experience any brand will work. Another recommendation is to heat the vinegar up in the microwave before adding the soap. The best way to find what works best for your situation will obviously depend on your individual preference.

To begin the process, mix the solution into a spray bottle and spray it on the grout lines you will be working on first. Let the solution sit for 3-5 minutes (for grimy, tough stains, leaving on longer can sometimes work better), then scrub. After that, wipe that solution completely away with a dry washcloth or towel.

Repeat as needed. For really dirty areas, this process may need to be repeated several times in order to make an impact on your surface.

And there you go! A quick and simple homemade cleaning solution for your tile and grout.

Now for those of you that prefer a little automation, we discovered a tool from Home Repair Tutor that goes by the name of the “Grout Grime Buster 3000″. This cool tool along with a solution similar to the one we featured in the beginning of this article can save you even more time and frustration.

With a combination like this, your tile grout is almost guaranteed to be clean again and dang near close to new again.