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If you have little hands around your home, it’s so important to keep your carpets clean. For us, it seems like we are always vacuuming our home!
However, yesterday I noticed that our carpets were smelling a little dingy. It’s been a rough winter, and the house has been closed up for quite some time. Plus with all the company rolling through, we’ve had a lot of traffic in our little home.
I wanted a way to freshen our carpets AND deodorize them. I’ve seen many homemade carpet deodorizer recipes going around lately, but experience shows me a simple baking soda carpet cleaner / deodorizer works best!
Plus, you don’t want to use the store bought carpet deodorizers that contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that never seem to leave. Before I knew better, I used a few types of these and was always left with a headache from the fragrance. Good ole baking soda on carpet, mixed with essential oils, works best.
Baking Soda Carpet Cleaner / Deodorizer
For my recipe, I’m using just two ingredients: lavender essential oil and baking soda. (Simple, right?!)
I chose lavender essential oil because it is one of the only essential oils that will remove odors from your carpet. Lavender is also antibacterial and is an effective cleaner against many bacteria including Streptococcus.
The main reason I chose lavender is because I have a baby who crawls all over and often puts his mouth to the carpet. Lavender is one of the only essential oils approved for children under two.
If you are not a fan of lavender, I provide additional essential oil blends below.
Baking soda is very well known for its deodorizing properties and has been used by many to deodorize everything from refrigerators to bathrooms. Plus, it is easily vacuumed up which makes everything quick!
Homemade Carpet Deodorizer
- 2 cups baking soda
- 30 drops lavender essential oil (find organic lavender EO here)
- Combine baking soda and essential oil in a mason jar.
- Cap and shake well to combine.
- Remove cap and replace inner lid with construction paper.
- Secure rim and cut off excess construction paper.
- Poke holes in the construction paper.*
- Apply liberally to carpets.
- Wait at least 1-2 hours. (I like to do this at night before I go to bed, then vacuum up in the morning when I wake up.)
- Vacuum thoroughly. You may have to do 1-2 passes to get everything.
*You could also use a cheese shaker or salt shaker with large holes for this. I just use mason jars for everything so that was the easiest for me to grab.
That’s it! You now have a fresh smelling carpet that will leave you feeling good for a long time.
Now, if you aren’t a fan of lavender, there are some great variations you could try.
Essential Oil Blends for Carpet Deodorizer
(You can find all of the following certified organic, pure essential oils here.)
This blend is great to freshen and brighten your home. The citrus essential oils are light and airy and will evaporate quickly.
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops orange essential oil
Mint is a wonderful deodorizer and often helps to alleviate headaches. Be careful not to use too much because mint can be irritating.
- 15 drops spearmint essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
Walk in the Woods
This blend will make you want to breathe deeply. It will help open the sinuses and will clear unpleasant odors in a hurry.
- 20 drops Siberian fir essential oil
- 10 drops juniper berry essential oil
This blend is ideal for the flower lover. It has a floral scent that is deep and relaxing.
- 15 drops geranium essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
This herbal scent is fresh and invigorating. It will leave your home smelling clean and fresh.
- 10 drops Roman chamomile
- 10 drops rosemary
- 10 drops tea tree
(You can find all of the above certified organic, pure essential oils here.)