When your family gets food poisoning the day before your house goes on the market, which is the same day the realtor arrives to photograph the house and a random prospective buyer stops by for a tour, it’s DIY carpet freshener to the rescue! That, plus diffusers running in every room.
I hope you never find yourself in such a predicament, but when you have kids or pets or like to throw parties (or all of the above), there comes a time when your carpet needs some freshening.
And when it does, I want you to have an all-natural solution at the ready. No need to rely on toxic chemicals when you can whip up a simple DIY carpet freshener with baking soda and essential oil.
How to Make DIY carpet freshener
You could freshen your carpets and rugs with plain ol’ baking soda, but essential oils add extra deodorizing (and cleansing) power.
I like to use doTERRA’s Purify blend for all sorts of deodorizing purposes around the house, including this DIY carpet freshener.
The process is super simple: just fill a jar partway with baking soda, then add your chosen essential oil (and a lid!) and shake or mix well with a fork.
More ways to use Purify around the house:
How to Use DIY carpet freshener
Sprinkle the mixture liberally over the carpet, let it sit for at least a few hours or overnight, and then vacuum well.
As you can see in the following picture, we’ve even used this DIY carpet freshener on upholstery.
Note: baking soda worked well with the light color and sturdy fabric texture of our couch. For darker upholstery or more delicate fabrics, it’s probably a good idea to do a spot test before applying this mixture to a large or prominent area.
A few tips:
- Make sure the carpet is dry first.
- For thick carpets or rugs, you may want to use your fingers to work the baking soda down into the carpet.
- Give the mixture at least a few hours to absorb odors before vacuuming. Leaving it sit overnight is even better.
- You may need to repeat the process for particularly strong odors. Baking soda actually reaches a saturation point when it can’t absorb any more odor.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 10-15 drops Purify essential oil blend
- Place baking soda in a jar.
- Add essential oil.
- Shake well or mix with a fork.
- Sprinkle over carpet, covering well.
- Allow the mixture to remain on the carpet for several hours or overnight.
- Vacuum well.
- Repeat process if necessary.
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page