Synthetic wall to wall carpeting in our homes isn’t ideal from a health perspective (read: Carpeting Conflicts: 4 Snag-Free Solutions). Carpet traps numerous amounts of chemicals, as reported by the University of Arizona (such as lead, arsenic and pesticides) in addition to biological contaminants like mold, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, dirt and fecal matter (um, ew!). In fact, millions of microoganisms can harbor in just one square foot of carpet. But, let’s face it – most of us still have stairways or room(s) that contain carpeting. While carpet isn’t an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, there are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy home without having to spend a fortune (yet) on your dream, sustainable hard surface flooring.
Nontoxic Recipes to Clean Carpet Stains
There’s nothing worse (well, o.k. there definitely is) than spilled coffee, red wine, pet urine or blood on your beloved carpet. Good news! You likely already have everything you need in your kitchen cabinet to effectively (and, did I mention affordably) clean your carpet naturally; without breathing in toxic chemicals. Below are some tried and true recipes you’ll want to keep on hand using vinegar, baking soda, salt and essential oils. Bonus: you can make your own nontoxic household cleaners with the above ingredients when you’re finished cleaning the carpet. After all that, you’ll want a ‘lil red carpet treatment for yourself. Add some of those essential oils to a well-earned and relaxing bath.