Introduction: Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

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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:

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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. ;)

Comments

OutlawKtulu (author)2015-09-15

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

happycurls (author)OutlawKtulu2015-12-06

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!

jessyratfink (author)OutlawKtulu2015-09-15

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

somnonaut (author)jessyratfink2015-09-24

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

DDW_OR (author)jessyratfink2015-09-24

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

emlu.voon (author)2015-10-22

This is great :D thank you

maxhuey (author)2015-10-05

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...

DanL38 (author)2015-09-28

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.

bobjacksonjr (author)2015-09-24

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?

Tigger32810 (author)bobjacksonjr2015-09-24

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.

WasfiA (author)Tigger328102015-09-24

You may save time and effort by using an Ozone generator, you need to apply Ozone treatment for many times, with no effort just plug the set in power without using any cleaning agents or chemicals.

WasfiA (author)WasfiA2015-09-24

ozone generators also very effective killer of Bacteria, yeast, molds and Viruses, it is the most recommended disinfectant and odor remover,

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Tigger32810 (author)WasfiA2015-09-24

I used and still own an ozone generator but it does not kill the odor build up from smoking. We smoked in the house for 20 yrs and used an ozone generator for many of those years. We had a horrible time trying to sell the house due to the odor of nicotine. The generator does many things, but it does not remove the odor from years of smoking. Sorry.....it just doesn't work. :(

WasfiA (author)Tigger328102015-09-26

Every time you make ozone treatment will remove a layer of nicotine layer, so you need to keep the surfaces clean from dust and others, then apply Ozone treatment many times, each ( until the place full of Ozone) ,

bobjacksonjr (author)Tigger328102015-09-25

Although this not what I wanted to hear, I do appreciate you taking the time to pass on this information that only someone that has been through this situation could provide, thank you. Bob

Honestly, after that many years it's probably so deep into the padding regular cleaning won't be able to help it! This carpet deodorizer can help in the short term, but I bet the results won't last very long. Cigarette smoke is just one of those things that's nearly impossible to get rid of.

A good cleaning of your air ducts and new air filters will help out quite a bit, though! You'd be surprised how much tar and gunk gathers in there. It's also helpful to have an air purifier of some sort in the room you normally smoke in - that does wonders, too. :)

NandhaN (author)bobjacksonjr2015-09-24

I take it you do not smoke in your bedroom. If you are smoking in the lounge light an unscented candle while you are having a smoke. You can put it off after a smoke or alternatively please remember to put it off before going to sleep.

antioch (author)NandhaN2015-09-24

Opening a window and a door while smoking will create a slight breeze. Best recipe that I know, at least in terms of effectiveness. Drawbacks are the freezing during winter and sometimes windows and doors are aligned in such a way that no breeze will develop.
Once the smell has settled in it won't help. Only washing will get it out but that's kinda hard with walls and carpets. There are vaccuum cleaners with water for the carpets. You might try and rent one and some fancy scent in the water. But the walls will need a fresh paint or something like that.The tar smell will by far outlive any scented candles, oils etc. So lighting one while you smoke isn't gonna help at all.

mate you could stop smoking or get tiled flooring so you can sweep it up

BennyD80 (author)bobjacksonjr2015-09-24

Per NandhaN's suggestion, it is a good idea, but if you are a bird owner (i.e. Parakeets, Cockatiels, finches, etc) and you do use a candle, it will kill them super quick. Just letting you know.

Remalem (author)2015-09-26

It worked really well. Definitely something to devote a day to if you're not really big into cleaning though. I'm thinking of trying it on my dog's blanket before I wash it this next time.

erikka31 (author)2015-09-26

I've made something similar to this, but added borax to the formula(50/50 mix) to kill any fleas my dogs might have picked up, and to help with the texture. It made it more like the commercial mix and easier to vacuum up.

chammen (author)2015-09-25

I have made this with Tea Tree oil, which has a disinfecting quality and with Lavender oil. Citrus oils would be great too if you had spiders, fleas, or other bugs. As for cigarette smoke...I don't know what would be best, but I think I would try just plain baking soda first and let it sit for 12 hours.

BasilH (author)2015-09-24

Thanx for that, I will try it this weekend on a patch of carpet that one of our cats weeed on, I'll use clove or cinnamon and that will be a double whammy.

loridav (author)2015-09-24

Parmesan cheese shaker containers work well for this and they are free

DeidreL1 (author)2015-09-24

DeidreL1 (author)DeidreL12015-09-24

This is a really good Instructable and if you add some diatomaceous earth to it, you'll even get rid of fleas, ticks, bedbugs and other creepy crawlies.

Tigger32810 (author)DeidreL12015-09-24

Always remember to reapply the diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of the room once you vacuum everything up. This will help repel any bugs that try to enter your home. If you have pets that go outside I would reuse the DE every month or two on the entire carpet and furniture.

Tigger32810 (author)2015-09-24

The essential oil is a nice touch. On the other hand, I am super sensitive to many smells, so I have used baking soda alone for decades. This way I never had to worry about pets either. On the plus side....many insects die from the salt content (or what ever it is called) as it dehydrates them and they die. You can even put a line of it around the inside of all cupboards and drawers in your kitchen. No worries about chemicals....or bugs.

bluball (author)2015-09-24

oh man. the smell of 100 dirty socks and cigarettes is what gives my carpet that oh so sexy manly man smell.

thundrepance (author)bluball2015-09-24

bluball: eeuw! p.u. x^b

thundrepance (author)2015-09-24

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! or-angggge! x^) one of me fave scents EVER ♥

natpodu77 (author)2015-09-24

Thank you will be tryng this out this week. It will be fun coralling the cats.

bluball (author)2015-09-24

freshdirty sock smell and socks added daily. no artificial stuff. the real deal

qcidiana (author)2015-09-16

???

echodog (author)2015-09-16

This is a very nice, simple, non-toxic idea--and I bet you could use it on car upholstery too!

threeoutside (author)2015-09-15

I will definitely give this a try! Thanks!

DeniseD2 (author)2015-09-15

Thanks! I've wondered about making my own. Will try it!

sambenj24 (author)2015-09-15

Cheers, I will definately give it a go.

SơnB (author)2015-09-14

nice

Charlie1947 (author)2015-09-14

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