We found the magic stain remover! Our van floor was nasty. Really nasty. Remember when we organized our van, well, let’s just say it was not that pristine anymore. Time for a “fall cleaning”.
I can’t remember where I first got the recipe from, but we shared it on our blog roughly two years ago and it’s genius.
All you need are two ingredients plus water and a tiny bit of elbow grease. One is a common household item & the other one of our favorite essential oils!
Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe
Use bottle of hydrogen peroxide that is 1/3 full. If you have a full bottle, either pour some of it out, or use another dark colored bottle. Any clear or semi-translucent bottles will break down the hydrogen-peroxide neutralizing the cleaner.
Fill the bottle the remaining 2/3 of the way full of water. Add 5 drops of lemon oil. Shake lightly.
The peroxide breaks down stains and the lemon oil helps release sticky particles.
Liberally spray the carpet with the cleaner mix. After the mix has set for a min or so, use the scrub brush to loosen the fibers. The yucky stuff moves to the surface. Use a rag an wipe the carpet, blotting out any liquid.
Repeat a couple of times until your carpet is clean.
You can also use this cleaning mix on upholstered furniture.
Be careful on some carpets. It did not affect our car carpet, but hydrogen-peroxide has been known to lighten darker flooring. Test it behind a door to make sure that it won’t lighten your spread.
If it bleaches, dilute with more water.
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Essential Oils for Home Use
We have completely fallen in love with essential oils and all the benefits for the entire family. Because of that, we have a limited time offer that is gone at the end of October 2014…
Check out all the details on our essential oils information page. These are the oils that we use and love!