Looking for Non-toxic Carpet Cleaner

Updated on November 20, 2008
A.G. asks from Simpsonville, SC
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Well, after only 4 months of living in our new house, the carpet is pretty dirty. Little boys and a muddy front yard, you see. It needs to be shampooed or steamed or SOMETHING, but I'm not sure what.

I'm hesitant to use anything with a lot of chemicals, and the less I can spend, the better. I might add, my vacuum cleaner is pretty old and sad, but the carpet is new berber.

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Thank you for the ideas. This could really be a two-part question. the other part being, should I look into one of those steam cleaning vaccum cleaners? are there any that do regular vacuuming that I can also use to shampoo or steam? I'm thinking that might be a better option than hiring someone because it looks like this is something I may have to do often.

Thanks again.

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B.

answers from Augusta on

Steam cleaners are not vacume cleaners , you have to vaccume the floor before using the steam cleaner.As for vaccume cleaners I have a Hoover Healthy Home vaccume cleaner it does REALLY well and we have a long haired breed of dog. We also have a steam cleaner that we need to use more often but I never get the time because it takes forever for the carpet to dry and you can't use the room until the carpet is dry.

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K.B.

answers from Atlanta on

Sears carpet cleaning now uses Green products...environmentally-friendly products. www.searsclean.com

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R.R.

answers from Savannah on

I don't know if this will be any help to you but.........
When I lived in NC, I also had berber. I had a company called Chem-Dry to clean my carpet. I don't know if they have one of those here, or not. They say their chemicals are safe. The man that actually cleaned my carpet said that it was so safe that he could drink it & would be fine.....There is one thing that I do know for sure about them though & that is that it doesn't take long to dry.

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E.M.

answers from Atlanta on

call Carlos at ###-###-#### I used him and is very reliable and hard working Hope he can help you out

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K.B.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi A.,
You should give CitruSolution a call, the owner is J.R. Mitchell and their number is ###-###-####

KB

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J.E.

answers from Columbus on

Kids N Pets is a great cleaner. You can use it on clothes, furniture, spot cleaning carpets and in carpet cleaning machines. You can find it at Walmart and other stores. Non-toxic! Great product.

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M.F.

answers from Athens on

Hey A.

I have rented the steam cleaners before and the most expensive part is usually the cleaning supplies. The cleaner itself was only $25 for a whole weekend (way back when I did it). But my mother stands firm with using vinegar to clean tough stains. Maybe if you have a little extra you can try 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar in the machince instead of the suggested cleaner. However, if you have dark carpet, I would test a small area to see if the vinegar is too strong and causes it to discolor. All products recommend this so which ever you choose try a small area first. Good luck!

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S.B.

answers from Atlanta on

You should absolutely call Chem-Dry, even though I am one myself I probably don't live in your area, but it is totally non-toxic. I'm chemically sensitive, and when I tried it, I was told it would not give me a headache, that it was called The Natural because it's made from ingredients found in nature. I have since learned it is rated by the FDA as a 1 on the toxicity scale of 1-5, classified as "edibile."

I don't have any problems with it, and we can use it in my chiropractor's office with his chemically sensitive patients (he had been using just water --which needless to say didn't clean well). Allergists can use Chem-Dry in their offices.

Berber is a great carpet, it has to be cleaned in a dry manner because it is a slippery durable fiber, so a wet type cleaning just makes the dirt slide down to the base of the carpet, then as it dries it has a wicking action. So all the dirt left behind by steam cleaning just wicks right back up and voila! your spots are back in a couple days. With Chem-Dry, everything comes up and out. It is dry within a few hours. It's really kind of fun to see a really dirty light colored berber just "magically" turn white before the customer's very eyes.
anyway, find your local chem dry by going to their website at chem-dry.net and putting in your zip. Don't go through one of the resellers if you can help it, you'll get a better deal.Let me know if you have any more questions . . .
S.

K.B.

answers from Spartanburg on

I know what you are going through! We have 11 children and bought a house that has beige carpet in great condition in the family room. Needless to say it looks terrible now and I have just given up until I save enough money to put down something other than carpet! If I have my way we will eventually be rid of all carpet and just have area rugs. Carpet itself is toxic but this carpet had probably already out gased and wasn't an issue as it wasn't new.

I have a friend in the carpet cleaning business in another state and she said they can get non toxic cleaners to use. Most people just don't request it so that might me an option in the future if it gets really bad. You could call and request it and see if they have it or would order it.

I use Shaklee non toxic cleaners and I know I saw a recipie for non toxic carpet cleaner mixing several of those together but unless you have them or want to get them that won't help. My other thought is that if you were to look at Whole Foods I would imagine they would have something.

Hope something in this helps you out!

K.

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A.P.

answers from Atlanta on

I use a line of cleaners for the whole house made by a company called Melaleuca. They work really well, are based on natural ingredients, and are priced no higher (sometimes less) than what you'd pick up at Walmart. The site to look it over is: www.melaleuca.com and I'm happy to answer any questions or give tips if you want them! I have my own carpet cleaner, and I use the Sol U Mel for the spots. With 4 cats, and 2 young kids, that gets it all up! Good luck! [email protected]____.com

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S.L.

answers from Spartanburg on

well, this may not help much if you need an over-all cleaning, but for spots i LOVE LOVE LOVE the product Spot Shot in the aerosol can. and i have just read that now they have a spot shot natural (or spot shot organic or something along those lines) that comes in a spray bottle - supposed to be non-toxic and work just as well.

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L.L.

answers from Atlanta on

hi,
as hard as it may be to start this habit and be consistent, i will tell you that i only wish i had started sooner ...no shoes in the house...even if it's just the kids..they are usually the ones with the muddy sneakers...my carpets were so gross...i finally replaced them, but after only four months, you certainly don't want to do that...try keeping a shoe rack in the garage, right near the entry to the house, and just remind them to take them off and keep them out there...i bet you'll see a huge improvement.

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J.G.

answers from Atlanta on

I distribute the Shaklee products mentioned below. We do sell non-toxic cleaning products that are safe for you, your home & the planet. You can learn more via my website... http://www.shaklee.net/focusonhealth/prodHou or you can phone me at ###-###-####.
Blessings,
J.

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M.H.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi A.,

Shaklee, like Karen mentioned is a non-toxic product. I also use a non-toxic line too and they have a carpet cleaner recipe. The products I use are extremely inexpensive, much like Wal-Mart. As far as the "organic" or "non-toxic" you find at the stores, even Whole Foods, sometimes they are only safe for the environment and not your little ones. I believed Simple Green was safe for years because it "said" non-toxic on the bottle. It is a dangerous neurotoxin!

Get in touch with me, or Karen, and let us help you. There are so many toxic things in our lives that if you want to clean your carpets NOW, research would take forever, lol!

Regards,

M.

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B.D.

answers from Columbia on

this site had a recipe http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
i tend to use vinegar, baking soda, borax and/or essential oils for almost anything. sometimes i use the plain oxiclean if need be

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K.S.

answers from Atlanta on

A.,

I HIGHLY recommend CitruSolution carpet cleaning. And the BEST in the area is Georgia at [email protected]____.com

###-###-####

I use her personally and recommend her to customers and clients.

she doesn't use water, and you won't have soap left in your carpet, and she will give you a free bottle of stuff to use and show you how to use it.

She is also exceptionally reasonable in price. AND she really cares. I have had 2 men from citrusolutions (and they are GREEN) and they just don't seem to care like she does.

My two cents worth = priceless

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B.B.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi A.,
Welcome to the area. CitroSolution is wonderful. They just did my carpets on Friday and he is coming back today to do my sofa. They use an all natural citrus cleaner that smells great. It is only $40 a room. ###-###-####. Feel free to tell Larry or Connie that a B. from a Town Lake welcome sent you. You can visit their web [email protected]____.com

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P.S.

answers from Macon on

A.:
I purchased a Bissell Pro Heat from a local Sears store. I use natural products throughout my house. The natural product that I use is excellent on cleaning carpet and it only cost $5.24.
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S.G.

answers from Savannah on

Seventh Generation makes a Carpet Cleaner I do believe. You should be able to find it at any health store or order it online from their website. I haven't tried it myself though.

As far as vacuums, I broke down and got the Dyson 07 a few months back and I love it. And now I say it is worth every penny when I just shampooed my living/dinning area over the weekend (Hoover All-terain-which does an awesome job and this is a very commen area in my house) there was less sandy grit and cat hair in the dirty water tank because my Dyson was keeping it out of my carpet!! I wasn't getting that same result with my old vacuum, the Kenmore Canister when I would shampoo.

Good luck!!
S.

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L.M.

answers from Atlanta on

do you want to do it yourself or have someone do it for you.After you get it cleaned make sure you get it scotcvh guarded

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