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Hoover steam vac solution alternitive?

post #1 of 14
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Hey mama's!

I have a Hoover steam vac and I will be doing the rugs tomorrow morning andI was wondering if there was an alternitive to the solution that would be safe for the vacuum if so what are they I will be going to get the regular solution in the morning then cleaning the rug so if there is something else I would LOVE to buy that instead!

Thanks mama's
Karen and Baby Joe
post #2 of 14
I came directly here to ask the same thing!

The last time we rented a rug dr. I used All free and clear laundry detergent ( little bit, or the suds may run over) and a gazzilion tea tree oil rinses with great results.

Any other suggestions? We need to do the carpets this month before our apt. inspection in April.
post #3 of 14
I have a Dirt Devil carpet cleaner that has separate compartments for clean water, dirty water and cleaning solution. I use Dr. Bronner's peppermint in mine. No chemical and it makes the house smell great!
post #4 of 14
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I have some Dr. B's now how much water do I need to add? mine also has two seperate compartments mmmmm the almond or eucalyptus? both will be yummy! please let me know how mush water I want to get my rugs done ASAP in the morning!! thanks so much!!

Karen and baby Joe
post #5 of 14
I'm not sure, mine has the compartment for just soap and I put it in full strength.
post #6 of 14
I put plain full strength white vinegar in my soap container. My DH was totally skeptical, but it actually does an amazing job--we have two dogs and pale beige carpet and it gets the carpet much cleaner than the soap did, to be honest. One of our dogs has "greasy" fur (only way I can think of to explain it) and our carpets end up grayish where he sleeps. The vinegar gets it all up, and as soon as the carpet dries you can't smell it anymore. I do still rinse the carpet, the same as I did with the soap, because I'm not sure vinegar residue would be great for carpet.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by rebeccalizzie
I put plain full strength white vinegar in my soap container. My DH was totally skeptical, but it actually does an amazing job--we have two dogs and pale beige carpet and it gets the carpet much cleaner than the soap did, to be honest. One of our dogs has "greasy" fur (only way I can think of to explain it) and our carpets end up grayish where he sleeps. The vinegar gets it all up, and as soon as the carpet dries you can't smell it anymore. I do still rinse the carpet, the same as I did with the soap, because I'm not sure vinegar residue would be great for carpet.
To do the rinse do you just put water in the soap container section and go over it again with tghe plain water? I would really rather use the vinegar I LOVE cleaning with vinegar I feel like things are so much cleaner than with soap or anything else!

thanks!
Karen and baby joe
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rebeccalizzie
I put plain full strength white vinegar in my soap container. My DH was totally skeptical, but it actually does an amazing job--we have two dogs and pale beige carpet and it gets the carpet much cleaner than the soap did, to be honest. One of our dogs has "greasy" fur (only way I can think of to explain it) and our carpets end up grayish where he sleeps. The vinegar gets it all up, and as soon as the carpet dries you can't smell it anymore. I do still rinse the carpet, the same as I did with the soap, because I'm not sure vinegar residue would be great for carpet.

I forgot to say my aunts old pup Teddy (I miss that pup he was such a sweetie) He had that "greasy" fur so I knew exactly what you were saying

karen and baby joe
post #9 of 14
I have a separate compartment for the soap, and I can switch the steamer to "rinse" and then I go over it again with just the plain water. If I didn't have a rinse setting, I'd either empty the soap container or refill it with plain water, like you said.

I agree about it feeling cleaner-- using soap makes me think that there is a residue everywhere when I'm done. Vinegar feels all the way squeakey clean to me, plus I love that it's anti bacterial, since I have no idea what my dogs are tracking in!
post #10 of 14
Theives Household Cleaner!!!
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
So I got my rug done and I used the vinegar but then ran out when I was half way done: so I finishe with Dr.B's I feel so much better now that my rug is all nice and clean. Last night I did the couch whenmy BIL brought my cleaner back from his house and there was still some soap left so I used it. but this mornign I hated the fact that there was the chemical cleaner so I went over it with Dr.B's soap and did a rinse. Thanks Mama's for the help!!! We are now all squeaky clean here

Karen and baby Joe
post #12 of 14
Thanks for posting a followup I didn't even think to try vinegar, I just bought a gallon jug of it today, so I'll give it a shot when the time comes.

ETA: I forgot to mention, is there anything extra I can/should do because my kids like to strip off clothing and dipes, run around naked (running away from me holding a diaper and then I give up) and ah well you see where I'm going with that
post #13 of 14
Another vote for vinegar! I've even used just water and it's worked pretty good.
post #14 of 14
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