Cleaning My Carpets

Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

My carpets are filthy. The main room is high traffic and between kids, visitors, animals and everyone else traipsing back and forth it is looking really grimy. The problem? Last time I paid to have it cleaned it cost over $200.00 for one room (it’s a big room). I simply can’t afford to pay that every few months to have my carpets cleaned. I’m trying to be frugal here!

Enter — my steam cleaner. It is old. It is crappy. It doesn’t work as well as it used to. But, it is better than nothing. Using a little trick my mom taught me, I load it up with steaming hot water and Tide laundry detergent. The Tide works better than most carpet cleaners I’ve tried. Once I’ve gone over the carpet with the Tide, I then mix up another batch of hot water. This time I add a capful of Downey instead of Tide. I go back over the carpets again. The Downey leaves them soft and smelling fresh.

My carpet guy says not to use this mixture that it will attract dirt, but I haven’t noticed it and the fresh April scent makes up for the fact that I may have to clean my carpets more frequently.

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Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.