How to use your Bissell spot cleaner with Figgy & Co. Home cleaning castile soap for a healthier home
Welcome to the Figgy Home cleaning castile soap and Bissell spot cleaner hack!
This must be one of my favourite hacks for stain cleaning at home.
I have heard it said several times that a Bissell spot cleaner would be the perfect baby shower gift – and while I’m not a gadget kinda gal, or have an affiliate link, I tend to agree! Can you imagine from day one having an ally for your carpets? A handy dandy tool to suck up messes and sort out stains – no fuss, no stress, only carpet that doesn’t age a day even with kids in the house! It’s dreamy!
For my family life with kids and dogs, a Bissell is the quick and easy guardian for my carpet – and for me, it really made cleaning up messes fast and no fuss. But I found one problem. The Bissell cleaning solution. It had an ingredient list that made me squirm and synthetic fragrance to knock your socks off.
This Mumma wanted the convenience, but not those ingredients! And from a very practical point of view with that level of fragrance, how would I know I have cleaned the mess sufficiently if I can’t to a sniff test? After all a sniff test is the gold standard of clean! The level of perfume, beyond a chemical cocktail point of view, didn’t make sense from a checking its clean point of view!
Why is Figgy & Co. soap a better, eco cleaning alternative?
And this is where Figgy home cleaning castile soap enters. NZ made, fragrance free, pure soap. Figgy soaps have long been loved for their natural home cleaning – safe and gentle, they lend themselves very well to rescuing carpet, sofas and mattresses without lumping your home with unwanted chemicals. Studies on homes find that cleaning with typical home cleaners that contain multiple, complex chemicals significantly adds to your indoor air being polluted, this in turn can negatively affect your health.
Is this hack a good idea?
Now before we dive in, it’s important to say from the outset that Bissell do state that they only recommend Bissell made formulations in their machines. Beyond the fact that this is like being told what to use in your other appliances, it is for two basic reasons 1. Bissell make a cleaning formulation that they want customers to purchase. 2. It is a ‘low foam’ formulated detergent which is needed for the high foaming action caused by the vacuum. But here is why I chose not to use the cleaning solution that came with my Bissell cleaner. 1. I found the cleaner to be expensive to use, 2. I found it to be overwhelmingly highly fragranced and 3. the ingredients list included both irritating and harmful chemicals which I didn’t want to use in my home cleaning routine.
So if you’re keen to get things fresh and clean with less chemicals in your life then here is how to use Figgy & Co. Home cleaning castile soap in your Bissell spot cleaner and little green.
Make a cleaning solution of 1-2 teaspoons Figgy & Co. Home cleaning castile soap with 1L tap water. This is your cleaning solution to use in your Bissell. You don’t need to use more than this amount of soap. The soap is concentrated and works well at this concentration, and at higher concentration may produce too many bubbles. For stubborn stains that need more soap to clean, read below under stubborn stains.
How to clean up with soap and a Bissell
For cleaning of new liquid messes follow these simple steps
- Suck up as much of the liquid as you can first. If there is a mix of solid and liquid, scrape up the solids with an old butter knife or spoon first
- Spray with cleaning solution, then immediately suck up. This is to dilute of the stain.
- Spray again and use the brush on the hand attachment to work the stain or allow the soap mix to sit on the stain for 1-2 minutes before sucking up.
- Repeat as required.
- A final rinse can be done by using fresh water without soap on the area. Spray or wet your freshly cleaned area with the water then suck it up. This will rinse away any soap and also allows you to double check the colour of the water sucked up. Clear water (and a sniff) will tell you all the stain has been removed.
For older messes and stains
- Fill the cleaning solution reservoir with fresh water (no soap)
- Wet the stain a little with warm water and use either undiluted Figgy Home cleaning castile soap or Figgy bar soap directly on the stain. Use your fingers or a soft brush to work the soap into the stain.
- Leave the soap on the stain for several minutes, this will help to dissolve the mark.
- Spray the mark with water and suck up. Repeat until you are happy with the stain treatment.
NB this method works well because you are treating the stain with a more concentrated amount of soap, and not causing your Bissell to over foam.
After you have cleaned up your mess you need to clean out your Bissell
Without being overly dramatic, you must (!!!) clean out your Bissell after each use. The messes that get sucked up and cleaned away are a feast for bacteria – a few warm days tucked up inside your Bissell and the bacteria will grow & you will have an odorous mess you’ll regret! I have learnt this the hard way with a stinky machine, and definitely made more work for myself. But this also means I have resurrected my Bissell and so I’ll share that with you.
There are two ways to flush through your dirty Bissell carpet spot cleaner or little green after using it.
- Bissell have recently released a flushing cap called a hydro-rinse. It clips onto the end of your hose. With your machine on, you press the spray trigger as normal and the cleaning solution is redirected straight up the hose.
- Alternatively, use a container with a flat bottom (like an ice cream container), fill with a small amount of warm water. With your machine on, dip the hand attachment into the water for a short time to suck up a small amount of water. Dip with a pulsing action to suck up small amounts of water in bursts until the hose is well rinsed.
Here are the extra steps if you have ended up with a stinky machine
This is a bit of a two-part clean and can be a bit messy, so best to do it near a sink or outside. First you want to flush out the easy to move crud using the above method. Then you want to use a cleaning solution to soak and soften the crud that has got stuck.
- Rinse your Bissell with warm water. Do 2 cycles of filling the collecting tank.
- Make a solution of 1L warm water and 1-2 tablespoons washing soda. Stir to dissolve the powder.
- With your machine off and hand attachment removed, tip the washing soda solution into the hose. Then lay the hose flat so the water stays in the hose and not flows into the collecting tank. Let this soak for several minutes. The washing soda will help both soften the crud and dislodge the stinky bacteria.
- Tip out the washing soda solution by pointing the hose down.
- Flush out the Bissell with warm water as above. Do a sniff test.
- Repeat if needed.
- The hand attachment can also be taken apart and cleaned. The two sides of the attachment can be unclipped (carefully) by depressing the plastic tab. After cleaning, the two parts will snap back together.
Simple swap outs can keep your home clean and healthy
Now you are all set for family friendly mess cleaning, making the most of the helpful tool that is a Bissell carpet spot cleaner will also NOT adding unwanted chemicals to your home. This blog is such a good example of how simple cleaning products are able to keep our homes clean and healthy. Figgy & Co. Home cleaning castile soap is beyond versatile – we think it’s a non-toxic cleaning hero! Woop!