If you have pets and want to freshen up your carpets naturally, you don’t have to buy the chemical-laden stuff at the grocery store. Most of them contain toxic chemicals that are not healthy for you or your family.
Thankfully, I have a great alternative: you can make your own deodorizing carpet powder using natural ingredients that you probably already have around the house.
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DIY Carpet Powder
- 1/2 cup of borax
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 20-25 drops essential oil(s) (I love the combination of orange, cinnamon, and clove)
Mixing this up is really easy! Simply mix the baking soda and borax in a glass bowl (remember, 100% essential oils and plastic don’t mix). Add the essential oils and stir until well combined. Do your best to remove any lumps that may be hanging out before use.
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Add your carpet powder to a glass shaker bottle-I recommend that you use a dedicated bottle for this mixture.To use, just sprinkle the powder over your carpet, then let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Then vacuum! Easy, right?
If you prefer a non-scented powder, you can simply use only baking soda for odor elimination, though you’ll need to leave the powder on for 30-40 minutes.
No Borax? No Problem!
If you’re missing borax, you can still make an effective carpet deodorizer.
- 1 1/2 cups baking soda
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Lavender is a great fresh smelling essential oil that has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties)
Mix your baking soda and essential oils using a whisk, until there are no more lumps. Then you can either add your carpet deodorizer to a shaker bottle, or you can make your own bottle!
Easy DIY Shaker Bottle
- Using a metal punch, and a hammer, punch holes in the lid of an empty mason jar.
- Add your mixture to your jar.
- Put the lid on!
To use, sprinkle all over your carpet and let sit for 20-30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
I love the following essential oils for this recipe:
- rosemary, and
Remember, most of the deodorizing powders that are sold in stores contain harmful chemicals that you probably don’t want around your family anyway-so why not make your own using natural products?
What essential oils are you going to use for your DIY carpet powder?