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.
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.
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.)
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 ~