One of the simplest ways to reduce your environmental footprint is to preserve things instead of replacing them when they become worn or dirty. So before you trash that muddy rug or heavily trafficked carpet, give it a good cleaning to bring it back to life. You’ll save time and money, and best of all you don’t need an array of toxic chemicals to do it. Here are a few of your best options for non-toxic carpet cleaners and shampoos.
General Purpose Non-Toxic Cleaner
Derived from coconut and citrus oils, Earth Friendly Products Stain and Odor Remover is color-safe, leaves no residue, and contains no ammonia, phospates, or chlorine. It’s designed to target organic stains like grass, food, and grease, and it’s safe to use with greywater and septic systems. $10 for a 2-pack (two 22-ounce bottles) at Amazon.
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner For Cars
We recently profiled EcoTouch waterless car wash, and now EcoTouch can help keep the inside of your vehicle clean too without any dyes, fragrances, or VOCs. The sprayable cleaner tackles tough stains with nontoxic, biodegradable surfactants and soy-based solvent. Available at Amazon, $12.19 for a 24-ounce bottle.
Concentrated Carpet Shampoo
Steam cleaners do a great job on heavily soiled fabrics and carpet, but the chemical cleaners they use can be pretty nasty. Earth Friendly Products Carpet Shampoo uses plant-based surfactants along with Bergamot and Sage to provide deep cleaning without chlorine, phosphates, or petroleum by-products. The manufacturer recommends mixing the concentrated formula at a 40:1 ratio, so a 40-ounce bottle should be enough for 3 average-sized rooms. $6.10 for a single 40-ounce bottle of concentrate, or $54.26 for 8 bottles at Amazon.