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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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How To Clean Your Carpet Naturally

by Luke Patterson

You deep clean your carpet periodically to remove dirt, debris and even toxins that may have been tracked in. While vacuuming the carpet regularly is important, it can't remove grime that has settled deep into the fibers and matting below. Instead of refreshing your carpet with traditional cleaners that may be filled with harmful and allergy-inducing chemicals, go the natural route.

You can deep-clean your carpet using items you probably already have in your home. Some environmentally friendly carpet cleaning ideas include:

Refresh Your Carpet

If your carpet is due for a deep clean but you don't have the time at the moment, you can give it a refresh using baking soda and your favorite essential oil. Simply add about 15 drops of an essential oil, such as orange or peppermint, to a cup of baking soda and combine well. Pour the baking soda into a shaker bottle and sprinkle it over your carpet.

Allow the baking soda to sit on your carpet for at least 1/2 hour, and then vacuum it up. The baking soda will absorb any odors and the oil will leave behind a fresh scent. 

Remove Pet Stains

To eliminate a pet stain on the carpet, mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz the solution over the mess. Allow it to sit on the carpet for 10 minutes and then blot it dry with a clean towel.

Mix another solution of 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with a 1/2 tsp. of a clear, liquid soap and thoroughly rub it into the stain. Avoid using a bristled brush to scrub the carpet, which may harm its fibers. Blot the mixture with the towel to dry and then vacuum the area to remove any residue. You can repeat this process for stubborn stains.

Deep Green Clean

At least a few times a year, deep clean your carpet with a solution of 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup Borax powder and 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar. Apply this paste to all heavily soiled sections of the carpet and allow it to rest until it completely dries. Vacuum up the dried paste.

Steam clean the carpet using a mixture of 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 2.5 gallons of hot water instead of traditional carpet cleaner. Clean the carpet as you normally would, going over heavily soiled areas at least two times. Allow the carpet to throughly dry before walking on it.  

If you still want to rely on a professional like Cleanbrite Carpet Cleaning to handle the carpet cleaning for you, ask about any green or natural options they can provide.