How to Make an All Natural Carpet Deodorizer
Days go by. Maybe even months go by, especially as the seasons change. And before you know it, your carpets end up smelling like a zoo, especially if you have pets and other types of animals… like kids!
Just kidding, but you get the point, right? 🙂
So how do you get that dingy smell out of those carpet fibers? Well, you want to do it in a safe child/pet-friendly way, a.k.a. naturally!
Say “NO” to store-bought carpet deodorizers!
It’s important for you to use an all natural carpet deodorizer because those traditional store-bought carpet powders out there may contain harsh chemicals like aluminum, formaldehyde, sodium hydroxide, and even types of pesticides. The random ingredients in many of these powders have been linked to lung damage, nervous system damage, and other ailments.
The “fragrances” in those chemical deodorizing powders can irritate anyone who has allergies or other types of respiratory conditions. They usually contain a slew of ingredients, some of which may be toxic and have never been tested for safety.
In fact, most companies are so vague in describing their ingredients. You’ll just literally see the word “FRAGRANCE” on the label without any description. You’ll find something like this if you actually do the research:
This is from SC Johnson’s actual site and these are the actual listed ingredients for Glade Lavender & Vanilla Carpet Freshener.
- Sodium Silicoaluminate (Carrier Flow Agent): Sodium silicoaluminate is a flow agent that can also be found in products such as salt and powdered milk, as well as latex paints and air filters. We add it to our products as needed to prevent a product from clumping.
What?! They use it in salt and powdered milk, as well as latex paints and air filters?
- Fragrance: 4-tert-butylcyclohexyl acetate*; dipropylene glycol; hexamethylindanopyran*; linalool*; linalyl acetate*
That sounds natural…
- Benzyl Benzoate (Odor Eliminator): An odor eliminator added to counteract odors.
If you go to Wikipedia, this is the first sentence you’ll read: Benzyl benzoate (BnBzO), sold under the brand name Scabanca among others, is a medication and insect repellent.
Then to top it off, after the ingredients list for the Glade Carpet Freshener, the site offers this statement (and we kept the links in for you if you want to check it out for yourself):
*Item on SC Johnson’s list of skin allergens, learn more.
You be the judge. Think this stuff is good or bad to have in your home?
Most times the powder residue in these formulas is left behind through insufficient vacuuming and gets embedded into the carpet fibers, lasting in your house for days after the initial use. Not a great idea if you have pets or little ones rolling around on the carpets, not only coming in contact with this stuff but inhaling it too.
Plus, the scents they produce are usually so strong that they’ll give you nauseating headaches.
So don’t spend your money on any of that! The truth is that you can make your own all natural carpet deodorizer with just two simple ingredients!
Baking Soda and Essential Oils
- Baking soda itself is great at absorbing excess moisture, while trapping unpleasant smells. Hence, why people keep an open box in the refrigerator.
- Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds derived from the seeds, stems, roots, bark, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are usually both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. (Being “volatile” means that they’re made up of small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas.)
Our favorite essential oil to use in this case is lavender because it’s not only a refreshing scent, but it also has odor-removing and antibacterial properties. Combine it with baking soda and bam!
It’s super simple!
First you’ll need the following…
- Ball Quart Mason Jar with Silver Lid, Wide Mouth
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar Mesh-Wire Straining Lid
- High Quality Baking Soda (aluminum-free)
- Lavender Essential Oil
- In the mason jar, pour in 2 cups of high-quality baking soda.
- Add 20 drops of the lavender essential oil.
- Secure the jar with its lid then shake it vigorously for a minute or so.
- Replace the lid with the mesh-wire lid (or replace the original inner lid with construction or parchment paper and poke some holes in it with a toothpick if you don’t have a mesh-wire lid on hand).
- Liberally apply your new natural carpet deodorizer to carpet. Wait a minimum of 2 hours for the best result, then vacuum thoroughly. *Best time to treat carpet is at night before bedtime and vacuum in morning.
You’ll want to make sure you thoroughly vacuum your treated carpets. Give it a couple passes and you’re good!
Also, it’s always better if you use a higher-end vacuum with hypoallergenic bags that seals and traps in vacuum dust. For example, we own and prefer an Orec, but there’s lots of other great brands and models out there.
That’s it. Pretty easy, huh?
Have piece of mind that whoever it is rolling around on your carpets, you’ll know they aren’t being exposed to and subsequently inhaling anything toxic.
Trying out different essential oil blends.
If you’re in the mood for something seasonal and would love to give the house some complementing scents, you can always try out other essential oils in your baking soda mix.
Have fun and get creative. There’s a ton of great high-quality essential oils out there that you can purchase and use individually (like our lavender essential oil by itself) or as a blend. Our favorite brands are doTERRA (higher-end), as well as ArtNaturals and Plant Therapy (more economical choices).
As an example, in the summertime we love to give the house a fresh citrus scent. We came up with what we call our “Citrus Basil Bomb.”
We’ll combine about 5 drops each of:
- basil essential oil
- lime essential oil
- grapefruit essential oil
- lemon essential oil
- orange essential oil
Doesn’t it sound great? Well, it smells even better! 🙂
If you don’t want to do any mixing on your part, you can always find essential oil blends out there that make it even easier for you.
For example, during the holiday season from October to December, we love using Holiday Season Synergy Essential Oil Blend by Plant Therapy Essential Oils.
No mixing involved. It’s all in one, a blend of: Sweet Orange, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger and Nutmeg.
We’ll treat our carpets and then add a few drops into our essential oil diffuser and the house is ready for the holidays! Our family and friends love it!
Essential oils, as a whole, include a slew of therapeutic health benefits, whether they have to do with improving cognitive function, correcting hormonal imbalances, relieving anxiety, calming inflammation, acting as antibacterial and antiviral agents, and so forth.
As you learn more about the specific therapeutic benefits that each essential oil has, you’ll have a collection of your favorites in no time!
Cheers to your health!
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below! We’d love to continue the conversation!