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08/14/2014
If you are already our client then you know that the Clean Pro system does not use harsh chemical carpet cleaning methods. It is important to be clear about what you are putting in your home and exposing your family to. With Clean Pro you can trust that we are using a safe method for your home carpet cleaning. Aside from using our green method of professional carpet care, did you know there are a lot of natural cleaning products you can make at home, to ensure your family is exposed to even less harsh chemicals? We would like to share SEVEN of our favorite natural cleaners for your home. 

Use baking soda to clean your oven! Spray the inside of the oven down with water, making sure all of the surfaces are damp. Put about ¼ inches of baking soda on the bottom of the oven, close it, and let it sit for a few hours. Make sure your oven is OFF, otherwise you are accidentally committing yourself to an entirely different science experiment, with miniature explosions. After a few hours, simply wipe it down. For severely baked in grime or grease, you may need a few applications, but this is a great way to clean your oven, chemical free.

Make a natural cleaner with orange, lime, and/or lemon peels! Fill a jar with the peels from your choice of citrus fruits, add undiluted white vinegar. Let the jar sit for a few days, even up to two weeks for a very potent mixture. Pour the vinegar into another bottle to use as a disinfectant or floor cleaner. If you dilute it with water you can even use it as a window cleaner. 

Make natural air fresheners! Do this by simmering a quart of water and any number of natural ingredients, ensuring the water doesn’t evaporate completely. Wait until it cools and put it in a spray bottle to use. Here are a few suggested combinations: 

- 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla
- 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves *This is great for Fall, as it smells like pumpkin!
- 1 sliced lime and 2 tablespoons thyme

Natural dish soap and vinegar make an excellent daily shower cleaner. Fill a spray bottle half of the way with vinegar, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of natural dish soap, and finish filling the bottle with warm water. Gently shake it, in order to mix. Spray the walls down after you shower daily. 

Clean your toilet without scrubbing by putting baking soda in the bowl and allowing it to soak for about an hour. At the end of the time, add a cup of white vinegar to the bowl, leaving it for five minutes, and FLUSH. If this particular toilet bowl has been neglected for some time, you might find it necessary to scrub. 

Clean your coffee pot with water and vinegar! If you have a coffee pot, and it needs cleaned, odds are, you love your coffee. To clean a coffee pot, you’ll only need water and vinegar, and a little time, but don’t worry. You can easily multitask while completing this project. Put one part vinegar, to two parts water, into your coffee pot, as if you were going to make vinegar/water coffee. You do not need to put in the filter. Brew the vinegar water and you will see as it trickles into the pot that it is a milky/dirty color. *This means it’s working. Brew at least twice more, with just water, to get rid of the vinegar taste, and you are done. 

Unwanted bugs, in your house or on your skin, are bad, natural repellents are good. There are quite a few natural insect repellents out there. 

- Spray vinegar on or around an area with ants, and watch them as they are repelled. 
- Use basil, mint, lemongrass, rosemary, garlic, citronella, and/or marigolds as bug, ant, and insect repellents. Plant them in your garden or patio as a repellent where they grow. Place them around your door or windows in pots. Crush them up and put them in front of your door or any other place you notice insects entering your home. They are nontoxic to people and animals, but not to insects!
- For a personal bug repellent add mint, rosemary, or basil in hot water and steep it, as you would with tea. Store the mixture in a spray bottle, in the refrigerator. Apply it directly to your skin with no worries. 

As you will notice, vinegar is a key ingredient in many home cleaning options. Be sure to put that, and baking soda on your next shopping list, and get started on making your own cleaners. You’ll save money, expose yourself and your family to less chemicals, and be green in style. Remember that there are also several natural stain removal and carpet cleaning tricks you can try at home, however if it is time for a professional carpet cleaning remember that Clean Pro Tacoma is here for you. Give us a call at (253) 229-7499 to schedule your consultation and cleaning today.

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