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Make Your Own (Natural) Carpet Deodorizer

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…I’m not an amazing house keeper. If we all have clean clothes to wear, clean dishes for eating and cooking, and a fairly clean potty in which to do our business then I’m pretty happy.

Of course, I do clean. I just don’t like to.

Who knew those store-bought carpet freshener products were toxic? Not I. But now that I know how to make my own, I can create a safe, refreshing product in whatever scent fits my mood. Simple recipe inside.

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Except for vacuuming. Vacuuming is different. Not sure what it is, but I love watching the carpet’s transformation as I slowly run the vacuum over the down-trodden fibers. (Weird, I know…)

Years ago I would cover my carpets with artificially scented “floral” concoctions that I bought at the local discount store. I had no idea it was toxic.  When our fourth child was born with a sensitivity to all things artificial I started making some changes.

Fortunately, there are safer, healthier alternatives. The fact that I can have my clean, fresh-smelling carpets without the toxins makes me a happy camper.

You can be a happy camper too! It’s super easy to make your own carpet deodorizer. All you need is baking soda and an essential oil of your choice. Seriously, it is that simple.

Baking soda naturally neutralizes odors and the essential oil adds a wonderful scent and (depending on which oil you choose) can even get rid of bacteria in your carpet.

Natural Carpet Deodorizer

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10-20 drops essential oil (My favorite is lemon. Not only does it smell super yummy, it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial.)

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Mix the baking soda and essential oil together in a bowl. Use a spoon to sprinkle over your carpets. Let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes and then vacuum.

Have fun experimenting with different oils and number of drops until you get the combination that’s perfect for you!

Did you know that you can even make your own lemon essential oil? Check out the recipe I found over at Blah Blah Magazine. I haven’t made my own yet, but I plan to give it a go very soon!                *Update: Pat made homemade lemon essential oil using coconut oil. It didn’t work out very well as coconut solidifies at 76°. Sure, she could warm the oil each time she wants to use it, but that would be a pain. I’d recommend using almond or olive oil.*

Watch this funny segment from Good Day, where Candy & Pat talk about the carpet deodorizer…AND Pat’s “craft re-assignment” with the homemade essential oil, um, miss ~

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Have any questions? Or any experience with your own natural solutions to freshening products around the house? Feel free to leave us a comment below!

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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2 Responses to Make Your Own (Natural) Carpet Deodorizer

  1. sonya January 15, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Great idea, ty for sharing!!

    • Candy January 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      You’re welcome! 🙂

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