You know I have a big family with lots of kids and cats, and that means I am constantly trying to learn how to deodorize carpet and rugs… fast! Usually right before guests are about to stop by (because being prepared is no fun!).
And usually, like the mad momma I am, I can corral the kids and convinced them to mop and vacuum…but the carpets and rugs are another story. No one wants to tackle them.
I needed a quick way to teach my kids how to deodorize carpet or rugs and make them smell great. Oh and I needed it to be cheap too.
Running to the store was not an option. I did not want to buy something when I could make it instead.
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It needed to work quickly. I had guests coming in two hours!
Then I was reminded of how my mom used to use baking soda on her carpets as a way to deodorize them…that was it! Baking Soda is the key for how to deodorize carpet quickly and easily.
But of course, I couldn’t stop there. I have a love for essential oils and their antibacterial and mood-boosting properties. And I knew that adding them to this recipe was the icing on the cake for how to deodorize carpet and have a deep smelling clean.
So grab your favorite essential oil flavors and baking soda and let me show you my recipe for how to deodorize carpet with a scent you’ll love to use! (or your kids)
Ingredients & Supplies:
Here are the supplies and ingredients you’ll need on how to deodorize carpet with a great scent!
- 1 & 1/2 Cups Baking Soda (used 3/4 of a cup at a time)
- 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (price varies) (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
- 20 Drops Thieves Essential Oil (price varies) (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
- 20 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (price varies) (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
You’ll want to mix these items inside a glass jar, and if you can find an empty Parmesan shaker lid, it would work great for this recipe to shake it on your carpets or rugs.
I like to use a fork to combine the baking soda and oils together in the jar. They mix together in seconds and you just want to make sure the oils are incorporated all the way through all the powdery baking soda.
First, grab your jar and add 3/4 cup of the baking soda to the jar.
Add 5 drops peppermint oil, 10 drops of the germ-fighting oil and 10 drops of orange.
Mix it to thoroughly combine.
Then, add the other 3/4 cup of the baking soda to the jar.
Finally, add the last 5 drops peppermint oil, 10 drops of the germ-fighting oil and 10 drops of orange and give it a good mix.
Learning how to deodorize carpet seems simple, but the deodorizing part is determined by how long you let the oils sit and absorb into the baking soda and then also on your carpet.
You won’t fail if you follow these instructions:
First, the let the combined mixture sit in the jar for about 10-20 minutes before shaking on your carpet. (If you make this up ahead of time then it’ll be perfect!)
Next, shake the mixture onto your carpet and let it sit for another 10 minutes.
Vacuum it all up and you are done.
The smell is amazing and I was surprised at how long it lasted. It lasted well past my guests leaving that night.
What Does It Cost?
- 1 & 1/2 Cups Baking Soda = 48¢
- 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (price varies)
- 20 Drops On Guard, Thieves or a Germ Fighting Protectant Essential Oil (price varies)
- 20 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (price varies)
Total Cost = 48¢
Note: This does not cover the cost of the essentials oils.
I like to keep my carpet deodorizer in a glass jar with a parmesan cheese lid screwed on the top so I can easily shake it on my rugs.
So as you can see, you don’t have to run to the store every time you need to deodorize your carpet.
Learning how to deodorize carpet can be done simply with a little baking soda and some essential oils.
It’s so much cheaper to make and so much easier than a trip to the store.
YOUR TURN: What other oil combinations would you choose? Let me know in the comments below!
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