I used to buy carpet deodorizer but it is such a silly expense to me. Most deodorizers and retail carpet freshening powder have baking soda as a main ingredient along with other chemicals.
Though I am not a crunchy mom that is moving towards a greener household, I am doing my best to eliminate toxic chemicals from our home. The perfumes in fabric softeners and commercial air fresheners don’t play well with the allergies that my daughter seems to have inherited from me–that’s why we make our own natural air fresheners.
Carpets can get pretty funky. .I vacuum regularly, and we have a “no shoes in the house” rule. But I just like the smell of a freshly vacuumed house, especially when I use a lovely fragrant powder on the carpets.
Luckily for me, there is a cheap and easy way to have fresh smelling carpets without fragrance oils or preservatives.
The simplest carpet freshener
Often, I simply sprinkle baking soda around the house, leave it for half an hour and then vacuum it up. Baking soda absorbs the stinky smells. You can even buy baking soda in an easy sprinkle top bottle.
Other uses for DIY Carpet Refresher:
The homemade DIY carpet deodorizer has other uses too! It can be scattered on the carpets, sofas, mattresses, and even in stinky shoes, leaving just a hint of the scent.
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I use my DIY label method to label the baking soda shaker because I am trying to be more organized. Baking soda is inexpensive and that little bottle of lavender oil is still mostly full after a year of use. Carpet refresher really isn’t all that expensive but with my version, I know EXACTLY what is in it. Sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) and lavender essential oil. That’s it.