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Organic Carpet Cleaner Made By You

In today’ world, going green helps maintain the health and stability of the environment, as well as the health of your home and family.

Most traditional cleaning products, especially those designed for carpet cleaning, contain scary and harmful lab-created chemicals that may clean the spots, but really put overall health and safety at jeopardy.

Keep the health of your family and that of Mother Nature at the top of your priorities by making your very own organic carpet cleaning solutions with simple, yet surprisingly powerful, ingredients.

Our recipe leaves your carpets stain and spot free and without any left over chemical residues or other toxins.

Our recipe for an effective do-it-yourself organic carpet cleaner uses three simple, non-toxic and super amazing ingredients:

1 cup baking soda (for super deep scouring and cleansing action that also


absorbs odors)
18 drops natural or organic essential oils (for an all natural lovely scent that lasts)
1 teaspoon liquid soap made from vegetable or nut oils (for total stain and mess removal)

First combine the baking soda and essential oil of your choice. Then add the liquid soap and stir until a creamy paste forms. Next apply to the stained and soiled carpet, scrub with a clean white towel or soft bristle brush. Remove the cleaner by blotting with a dry, clean towel.

Once clean, kick back, relax and take a deep breathe—enjoying the lovely therapeutic scents and the healthy, safe clean of your carpets.


Save your Carpets from Summer

Girl on Carpet | Flat Rate BlogSummer is a fun time for lots of outdoor activities, but all that outdoor fun can be hard on your indoor carpets. Follow a few simple rules this summer and keep your carpets as good as new.

It’s great when the kids are outdoors playing, but when they come inside you’ll wind up with dirty footprints all over your carpets. Prevent the spread of outdoor dirt by keeping a shoe rack by the front and back door. Make sure kids know to remove shoes before coming into the house.

Kids aren’t the only people tracking dirt into the house. Adults should also be asked to remove shoes before coming inside. If you’re entertaining friends that won’t be comfortable removing their shoes, make sure you provide a doormat where guests can wipe their shoes before coming inside.

Rainy summer days mean the whole family will be stuck inside. Keeping drinks and snacks out of the carpeted areas of the house will prevent spills and crumbs from staining your carpets.

By following a few simple household rules, you’ll be able to extend the life of your carpets while keeping them in perfect condition.

How to Remove a Coffee Stain

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No matter how careful you are, the only way to prevent a coffee spill in your home is to avoid drinking coffee.

For the rest of us, coffee stains are inevitable. Knowing how to remove a coffee stain from fabric right away can keep a minor spill from becoming a major disaster.

Your first step is to, very gently, blot the stain with a white towel to soak up any leftover liquid.

Although the cleaning isles are full of stain removers and spray cleaners, the most important stain remover in your home is usually found in the food isle. White vinegar mixed with a some white water (mixture of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water), is a safe, effective and inexpensive stain remover.

You can spray the mixture onto the stain and gently blot with a clean towel. If you don’t have an extra spray bottle handy, dampen a towel with the mixture and blot the stain.

If the stain is treated quickly enough, it should come up easily. For older stains, or stains that just won’t come out, call the professionals.

How to Remove Cough Syrup Stains

With Jack Frost out there nipping at your noses and toes, it’s likely that you have fallen victim to the nasty cold and flu causing germs bouncing around. Along with the germs, also come the medicines. Whether it’s over-the-counter fixes or prescriptions from the good ole’ doctor, this time of year makes most people feel like walking pharmacies.

If you’re lucky enough, your personal illness may require assistance from cough syrup. While that sticky liquid may help kick your symptoms, it also leaves a pretty big disaster if spilled in your carpets (especially if you had a late-night mishap during a midnight dose).

Have no fear, we’re here to help. Follow these cough syrup stain busting tips for a clean carpet in no time.

Start by mixing one tablespoon hand dish detergent, one tablespoon white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Gently sponge the mixture onto the stain then forcefully pack the solution, using a spoon or brush, deeper into the stains. Sponge the area with water and blot until all the liquid is absorbed into your sponge.

Then sponge rubbing alcohol onto the affected area until the stain completely disappears. Finish by sponging the area with cold water to remove all rubbing alcohol. Leave untouched to dry for 24 hours.

Amanda & the Blue Christmas Dream

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Winter Break Whimsy

At Amanda’s house, winter break normally means a trip up north to visit Grammy and Pop. But, this year, the beloved grandparents came down south to spend the holidays with Amanda and family.

Wanting to make this holiday even more special, the kids, crouched together in Marty’s infamous work space, designed a colorful spectacle for the whole family.

Inspired by a favorite carol, “Dreaming of a White Christmas” along with a couple of twists of their own, Marty constructed a slotted-bottom bucket to hang from the living room ceiling fan. Rubie concocted a mix of bright blue food coloring, water and extra-shaken soap.

On Christmas morning, Marty hit play on the CD player and turned the ceiling fan on high. Rubie then climbed the ladder and began slowly pouring her solution into the bucket.

Unexpected Messy, Turn of Events

As the bright blue bubbles and foam floated through the living room, their parents, Grammy and Pop, clad in pajamas, danced and laughed in the blue snow bubble shower.

Just then, Rubie lost her grip of the slippery, blue soap and dropped her bucket of foamy bubble solution right into the white carpet and absorbed quickly.

Wet with soap suds, their family paused, shook their heads then laughed. Grammy looked at her nervous grandchildren and said, “Thank goodness for Flat Rate Carpet.”

Two days after Christmas, the grandparents left just as the technician arrived. While the technician removed the stain, Amanda took a break from her book and thought, “Oh, how I love those colorful imaginations.”