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This Cold and Flu Season, Keep Your Carpets and Floors Clean the Natural Way

Cleaning products can contain many dangerous chemicals, which are usually not listed on the labels. 

This cold and season, protect your family from harm by making your own natural homemade cleaners. In fact, it’s easy, far less expensive and just as effective. Most ingredients for homemade cleaners can be found in your kitchen.

Here are some ideas to keep your carpets and floors clean:

  • Vacuuming is an important part of floor maintenance. Using a machine with a HEPA filter.  The HEPA filter traps very small particles that are otherwise blown back into the room in the vacuum’s exhaust.  Be sure pass over carpet several times and more in heavy traffic areas.

  • Linoleum: For extra grease-cutting, mix 1/4 cup washing soda, 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 gallons hot water. Put the washing soda in the bucket first and add the liquid ingredients — this way the soda won’t splash out. Caution: Do not use this formula on waxed floors! For an extra polish, combine 6 tablespoons of cornstarch per cup of water in a bucket.
  • Disinfect floors: Add 2 gallons of hot water to 1/2 cup of borax. (Put the borax in the bucket first, then add water to avoid splashing.)

  • Wood floors: Vinegar is a natural disinfectant which pulls dirt from wood. Use 1 cup vinegar per pail of hot water to clean wood floors.  The vinegar smell should disappear right away.  You can also use vinegar on other types of floors because it is a gentle, but effective floor cleaner.

  • Carpeting And Rugs: Regular vacuuming will help keep carpets their cleanest. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the carpet and let it stand for 15 – 30 minutes before vacuuming to soak up and eliminate odors. Try to avoid using chemical carpet cleaners because of health concerns associated with their ingredients.  If you want to steam clean your rug, use plain water and make sure it dries thoroughly. 

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