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As an elder millennial on TikTok, I live by a strict code of conduct: I never make content and I never watch dance videos. Although I was initially resistant to create an account on the app, it has become a go-to source of both entertainment and knowledge — and it somehow knows I’m in my 30s.
The algorithm and the way I use TikTok has turned my homepage into content that’s probably targeted towards moms (not me), but a subsection of said content are cleaning hacks and how tos. I’ve learned a ton of great cleaning tips and watched product reviews before, but the latest has me given me going to Disney World level of excitement: Little Green Portable Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner from Bissell.
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I came across a video of someone using the Little Green on their microfibre couch and let out an audible gasp.
Cleaning has been my go-to coping mechanism during quarantine, so I spent the next hour (not an exaggeration) watching TikTok videos of people using the Little Green before I decided to order my own.
What is it?
The Bissell Little Green Portable Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is a lightweight spot cleaner with a 3 Amp power rating designed to take on projects both big and small.
Like Bissell’s other upholstery and spot cleaners, the Little Green works with stain and spot cleaner to provide a deep clean and suction out dirt and deep stains from food, liquids and pets. To use, you fill the removable water tank with warm water and add two regular size capfuls of cleaning solution - and get to work.
Each Little Green comes with a one year limited warranty and an 8 oz sample of 2x Spot & Stain remover and a 3” tough stain remover tool.
It took about a week for my Little Green to arrive, but I was eager to get cleaning and try it out. The Little Green was super easy to assemble - you just have to unbox and attach the stain brush attachment. To use, all I had to do was fill up the designated container with hot water (not boiling) and add cleaning solution, plug the Little Green in and get to work.
Based on reviews, I knew that the Little Green would pick up any pet hair so I vacuumed the area rug in our living room before I began spot cleaning. The machine is fairly loud, but easy to use. I was able to spray the solution on the carpet, scrub each area with the brush and dirt, dust and debris begin to fill inside the empty disposal tank.
It’s a lot of elbow grease for a thick pile carpet, but I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to clean our woven fabric couches. The couch and love seat are definitely where I noticed the most results. The disposal tank filled easily despite looking clean to the eye. It only took a few passes with the brush and our furniture was dry to the touch within a few hours.
What people are saying
The Little Green currently has a solid 4.6 star rating on Amazon from more than 15,700 customer ratings. Aside from being easy to use and boasting powerful suction, the Little Green has received praise for making tasks like cleaning carpets a breeze.
“We had a carpet with multiple stains on it from drinks being spilled. We were planning to rent a carpet cleaner but then thought it might be worth buying this since the price was low,” one shopper wrote. “I wasn't expecting it to do the same quality job but it did. This is basically all you need...don't rent one! It cleaned the carpet perfectly and worked exactly as described. And the price is great.”
“I’m very impressed with this little thing. I bought it because I have an area rug in my living room that my little a-hole rescue dog has had some accidents,” another wrote. “Most stains have come up in one pass. For the grosser ones, I spray them down before I take the pass, and they generally come up pretty easily.”
Some have found based on their needs that they should have ordered a spot-cleaner with ProHeat like the Bissell Little Green ProHeat. Unlike the Little Green, the Little Green ProHeat will maintain water temperature throughout your clean.
“I realized after, that I should've and would've bought one with a heater in it. However, I still love this little guy. It is incredibly powerful. I had a cat that peed on a chair of mine and used this to clean the chair,” a shopper wrote. “I forgot to put in the pet odour eliminator formula and it still got out the stains and smells with one treatment. I was surprised! Also used it to clean a mattress I bought as a floor model. It cleaned all the surface dirt no problem.”
I enjoyed using my Little Green to clean our furniture and I will definitely be adding it as a tool in my deep cleaning arsenal every few weeks. It’s satisfying to see the results in the disposal tank, and very easy to empty, refill your clean water and solution and continue cleaning.
The most challenging part is that your Little Green will pick up pet hair, even after vacuuming, so you have to flush out your brush after use to avoid any clogging.
I do wish I had ordered the pro-heat version, so that the water will consistently stay warm, but it is more expensive, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to refill the clean water tank with hot water between jobs.
All in all, it’s a great tool for deep cleaning high traffic areas and something that goes the extra mile to ensure your furniture and rugs stay looking their best for years to come.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.