Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

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Introduction: Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

This carpet deodorizer uses only two ingredients and it's amazingly effective!

I made this carpet deodorizer for my first apartment years and year ago and I'm so happy I remembered it. Back then my carpets had a really musty smell (probably from water damage that wasn't fixed - it was a $300 apartment and pretty run down) and it even got rid of that!

I haven't had carpets in over ten years, and I'm pretty bummed with how different everything smells with carpet. Hardwood floors and a big stinky dog are no problem, but carpets definitely are. I'm also convinced the carpets are soaking up all the smells from me cooking constantly. But this carpet deodorizer takes quick care of it!

I'm so much happier after using this carpet deodorizer all over the house. Everything smells nice and fresh again. :D

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 20-30 drop of essential oil of choice
  • mason jar or other container to store it in

If you have any spice jars around with big holes in the cap, those work great! Those metal and glass shakers you always see in pizza places work too. I'm using a mason jar and making my own shaker lid for it - if you choose to do that just make sure you use a piece of cardstock or thin cardboard, otherwise it will be too flimsy. :)

Step 2: Mix the Baking Soda and Essential Oils

Pour the baking soda into the container you're using.

Add the essential oils to the top - if you're using something like rosemary, tea tree or peppermint, I suggest starting with 20 drops.

Other essential oils like lavender and citrus can use a little more - I used 30 drops in my carpet deodorizer.

Once the oils are in, close up the container and shake it for a minute or so, until the essential oil is nicely combined with the baking soda.

Give it a smell - if you can really smell the essential oils you're ready to go! If not, add more and shake again.

Step 3: How to Make a Shaker Top

If you're using a mason jar like me, you'll need to make a shaker top. To do this, use the inner seal and trace around it on some cardstock. Cut it out and punch holes and you're good to go!

I used a hole punch to make my holes - I originally tried using a nail but the holes just weren't big enough. :)

Step 4: Using the Carpet Deodorizer

This recipe should be enough to do three bedrooms at least! I was able to deodorize two large bedrooms, one small bedroom, and two rugs.

To use the carpet deodorizer, shake a light layer all over the carpet and let it sit for 20 minutes or so - for really stinky carpets you can let it go longer. Then just vacuum it up and enjoy fresh smelling carpets!

The essential oil smell will not stick around for more than a day or so, but your carpets will still smell so much nicer even after it goes away.

If you're using a mason jar like me, you can just insert the metal lid under the cardboard one to store it. :)

Two things to be cautious about:

Don't sprinkle this on the carpet and leave it where pets and children can get to it. It can be irritating to sensitive skin, and you don't want anyone eating some of it. Cats and babies are especially sensitive to essential oils.

I like to sprinkle it in all the bedrooms and shut the doors. Once I come back and vacuum it up, I put all the pets in one bedroom and do the rest of the house. That way no one has any alone time with it. ;)

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Do you know of a good scent that won't bother pets?

I caught my dog rubbing herself against the lavender bush... she loved it! So I would put a bit of lavender essential oil on her once in a while. Fancy girl!

I've never had my pets seem upset about it, honestly! My dog will sometimes come into a room and smell for a minute but it never bugs him enough to leave. :)

I've used lavender, peppermint, tea tree and sweet orange. Not all together of course, but during different cleanings.

However, I don't recommend clove or cinnamon. When I've used those oils in other things my cats sniff whatever it is and then get the hell out. They are not fans of that. :P

Sounds like a good Feline repellent. I wonder if it is same with racoons in garbage and/or Opossum? How about squirrels?

good info on what the cats do not like. I may use it in rooms i do not want the cat in.

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This is great :D thank you

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Nothing beats actual cleaning to get rid of smell.

As for Ozone generator, I had one built by an electrical engineer with massive 22,000 Volt Neon sign HIgh voltage generator. This thing can clear out heavy smell of indoor MJ (200 plants) plantation in a room size of about 20' X 25'about 15 minutes. I have tried this on a hotel room too and it clear the smoke smell in about 30 minutes. This is kind of ozone generator you need to use, not the one that came from Sharper Image...

As a carpet installer, I do not doubt that this works but realize that the powder does not always leave after vacuuming. A few years of this being used will leave powdered clumps under the carpet and any moisture getting to it will make a cement like substance. I know from experience after a few floors being ripped up and having to scrape and vacuum the mess up. It will increase the wear on your carpet making it last less of its intended lifespan of 25 - 30 years instead only lasting 5 years because of clumping. Most carpets also have a thing on it called scotch guard, When you take that off with improper cleaning, it will make staining the carpet much easier to do as well. which steam cleaning when using this baking soda idea could do this without you realizing. I would reccomend steam cleaning 1 or 2 times each year and regular vacuuming to keep smells down and spot cleaning problem areas with products that replace the scotch guard after use. Smokers unfortunately have to replace the carpet to remove the smell if they quit, you will destroy the carpet by the time you get the smell out.

I've been smoking in my home for 20 years. Every room has carpeting with a medium thick pile and heavy padding. Other people have complained about the tobacco's remaining odor. What would you recommend to help this (apparent) problem?

The only thing that has ever helped that problem is to completely remove anything fabric....carpet, furniture, curtains......the only way to get non smokers to stop complaining. My daughter HATED bringing the grand kids to visit us.....we quit smoking (after smoking for nearly 40 yrs) and moved and we see them so much more often now. It is funny that as a smoker we don't smell this at all. As a non smoker now....my husband and I HATE the smell. Oh, you will also have to clean, clean, clean to get walls and appliances and window blinds clean as well. There just isn't an easy way, sorry.