Mamas, I need help.
My pre-teen has the world’s smelliest feet.
I can smell him before I see him most evenings.
And before I get tons of comments telling me to make him bathe, he does.
But it doesn’t seem to help. We have already tossed one pair of shoes this year because they make the whole house smell (I kid you not).
I’ve started having him remove his socks and shoes when he comes in, wash his feet…but that doesn’t always help. Some days the funk gets stuck to the carpet and then no matter how much soap he uses, the house still smells like sweaty pre-teen feet.
So I made some carpet deodorizer because of that funk sticks around, Y’all.
It just will not go away.
By using a carpet powder that is natural and smells like apple pie, I think I may have overcome the funk.
Which makes me a super happy mama, Y’all.
Because I was seriously considering investing in a hazmat suit. Now, I just have him sprinkle the carpet powder over the carpet in his bedroom, let it sit for 10 minutes and then we vacuum it up.
He claims that the spicy scent makes his bedroom warmer, which is okay considering that it was below freezing today.
This recipe is super easy, and he can make it with some supervision. And, as the seasons change, we can shift and adjust the scent of the carpet powder.
Apple Spice DIY Carpet Powder
Ingredients For DIY Carpet Powder
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 10 drops of clove essential oil
- 5 drops of nutmeg essential oil
- 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil
- 10 drops of ginger essential oil
Directions For DIY Carpet Powder
Add your baking soda to a large mixing bowl (preferably one with a spout if you have it).
Add the clove, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg essential oils and gently whisk everything together until there aren’t any more lumps.
Using a funnel or the pour spout (or both!) on your mixing bowl, add your carpet powder to a mason jar.
Screw on a shaker lid that closes (to keep the carpet powder fresh), and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes to fully incorporate the scents of the oils.
The shaker lid that closes is my favorite, but you can also use a daisy lid. If you choose to use the daisy lid, place an upside-down coffee filter on under the lid to help keep the baking soda fresh and moisture free. Or you can close the jar and make it airtight with a regular lid and put the daisy lid on when you’re ready to use this.
Honestly, that’s too many steps for me, so I just use the shaker lid that closes.
How To Use Your DIY Carpet Powder
To use your DIY carpet powder, open the shaker cover, and gently sprinkle a fine dusting over your carpet. There’s nothing in the powder that could harm pets, but it’s probably best if you have them out of the room (for sanity’s sake).
Allow the carpet powder to sink in and do its magic for 5 to 10 minutes, and then simply vacuum it up.
This same powder works well to de-funk mattresses in your camper or your kid’s rooms (because winter sleep is sweaty sleep!).
Do you use carpet powder to keep your house fresh?