If you have pets in your house or an older carpet (such as in a dorm or apartment), your flooring may need freshening and deodorizing. Although there are many natural carpet fresheners available in health food stores, it is much simpler and cheaper to make your own. Cleaning carpet stains can be easy with your own carpet formula made with ingredients already in your kitchen.
To make your own carpet deodorizer, combine one cup of baking soda with 1/2-cup cornstarch. Next, add your favorite herbal scent or essential oils, and sprinkle on your rug. I prefer to sprinkle lavender flowers from the garden into my homemade carpet freshener, but using eucalyptus or citronella oils will get fleas hopping just before vacuuming. This natural, homemade deodorizer works best when left on your carpet for several hours (optimally overnight). If you do have fleas, be sure to empty the vacuum canister or bag immediately, in order that the fleas do not crawl out of the vacuum and return to your home.
Commercially-made carpet fresheners come with many warnings, and suggest that you use them everytime you vacuum. These products can be irritating (so can essential oils), as well as create unhealthy indoor air. In addition, such products come with warnings to keep the product out of the reach of children and pets. Baking soda and cornstarch are safe to use on all carpets, like the hand woven, naturally dyed tribal rugs in my home, and I find I only need to use it once or twice a year. I wouldn’t think of using a commercial, artificial product on my antiques rugs or around my pets and children.
Making your own cleaning products saves money and creates a greener, natural home. Simple recipes, such as this carpet freshener, make greening the good life simple. This tip also works well to freshen the bottom of trashcans!
good tip. Baking soda is great for cleaning, isn’t it? In a book I read, it recommended using club soda for cleaning windows. Works great, it’s cheaper and I’m not worried about it being around my daughter.
Ami Scott says
Thanks for the tip! One more recipe to add to my growing arsenal of safe cleaning supplies. Now the kids don’t have such a big excuse to not help! 😀
Thanks for the tip; I knew about the baking soda basic mix for carpets but never thought to add essential oils or lavender. That is a great idea. And sort of one I should have known, I use oils for every other thing I do (duh).
I found that the easiest way of freshening my woolen rugs is by simply going over them with a damp cloth moistened in a mixture of 1/2 gallon lukewarm water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar once a month. This does not only take out the smell but brightens the wool colors as well.
when mixing baking soda and cornstarch and oil or lavender do I have to combeine them and mix with water or just dry mix?
after applying them on the rugs do I have to vaccum straight after that or later?