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I don't really like area rugs, but we do have 2 I would like to keep, in the living room and dd's room. However they're looking kind of dingy and some spots here and there from spilled juice, etc. I'd like to clean them where they are if possible (we live in an. apt. so there isn't anywhere to take them out to clean them outside). I also am very sensitive to chemical smells and those rug cleaning shampoos just smell awful. Plus i have a crawling baby around, so I don't want anything toxic.

 

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1/2 cup baking soda in a gallon water in a carpet cleaning machine or in a bucket to scrub with a brush... Rub baking soda into stain areas in the dampened carpet and let sit. Vacuum it all up when dry... Test for colorfastness first... I haven't tried this myself- read it in the 400 uses of baking soda book- good luck!

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thanks :)


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We have 100% tile in the house. Due to dogs having accidents, kids spilling things, and general wear and tear, I gave up on larger area rugs because they are so hard to clean. I invested in some rubber backed smaller rugs (large bathmats basically, with a pretty design on them) that I put together to make a big area rug. I found some nice ones at CostCo for $15 each. When one of them gets dirty, I just put that one in the washing machine. :-) Super easy solution. 

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