As a homemaker, you probably know that baking soda is an excellent natural deodorizer. Some people place an open box of baking soda inside the refrigerator to keep smells at bay or use it to deodorize mattresses. Well, you can also use baking soda as a carpet deodorizer! I mix it with essential oils, resulting in a scented baking soda carpet deodorizer that is natural and inexpensive!
Last week, I showed you how I used essential oils to make a natural air freshener. Today I am whipping up, in 3 easy steps, a carpet freshener with essential oils! How do you do that? With scented baking soda, of course!
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How do You Clean Carpet With Baking Soda?
I often hear this question. It’s worth mentioning that cleaning and deodorizing are two different things. Although I still have not researched a recipe to help me clean the carpet with baking soda, I can show you how to deodorize it.
Cleaning is more of hands-on spot removal; deodorizing is ridding your carpet of musty smells. So, I will show you today how to bring life back to your carpet with a homemade deodorizer that’s natural and inexpensive.
Cleaning the carpet with baking soda will probably involve water and some other agent to help you remove stains. And that agent will vary depending on the type of stain you are treating.
Supplies and Ingredients for Carpet Deodorizer
I made my carpet deodorizer in just 5 minutes. Assuming you have baking soda and essential oils, it shouldn’t take long to make it, either.
Here is what you need:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 4 drops of Purification essential oil (or any oil of your preference)
- 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil (or any oil of your preference)
- Measuring cups – I keep a separate set (from my kitchen ones) in my cleaning rolling cart
- 16 oz mason jar (it can also be smaller as long as it fits the 1/2 cup of baking soda)
- Shaker mason jar lid. I used this fancy one since I had a few left from my party supplies business.
Directions to Make The Carpet Deodorizer
Making this carpet freshener is not rocket science, but here’s a step-by-step process with pictures. You can always skip this part and jump to the recipe card toward the end of the post.
Step 1. Measure and pour
Measure 1 cup of baking soda and pour it inside the mason jar.
Step 2. Add essential oils
Essential oils are what turn your ordinary baking soda into a scented baking soda. You can use any essential oil and brand that you like.
I used four drops of Young Living Purification, an essential oil blend known for its air-purifying and odor-eliminating properties, for my carpet deodorizer. I usually add Young Living Peppermint essential oil to most of my homemade cleaners, so I added two drops to the baking soda.
Step 3. Mix Baking Soda
It goes without saying that you will need to mix the baking soda really well with the few drops of essential oil. The best way to do this is with a fork.
You will see that the oils make a little cluster of baking soda right where they dropped. No worries! Break up those little mounds with the fork and mix vigorously. The scent will spread throughout the baking soda in the entire jar.
And that’s it! Your naturally scented baking soda carpet freshener is done and ready to use!
How to Use the Carpet Deodorizer
Shake the desired amount of baking soda over the carpet, spreading it out evenly in small mounds. Let the baking soda sit and deodorize for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, vacuum the carpet as usual.