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Carpet Deodorizer Powder: A Simple DIY

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This simple DIY carpet deodorizer powder can help you save money on hiring professional carpet cleaners. Check out the recipe made from only two, all-natural ingredients.

In a busy household, carpets can cop a lot of wear and tear, but keeping them smelling fresh and clean is easy and doesn’t require the use of store-bought chemical deodorizers with long ingredient lists. This DIY carpet deodorizer recipe uses only 100 percent natural ingredients, and is safe to use around the kids and pets.

Make Your Own Carpet Deodorizer Powder: Step-By-Step

This simple recipe will have your carpets smelling fresh in no time.
This simple recipe will have your carpets smelling fresh in no time.
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Knowing that essential oils are fragrant and natural, you might be tempted to use them on your carpet directly. However, they can damage your carpet depending on the kind of oil and the fibre of your carpet and are hard to spread evenly. Make sure to mix it with baking soda in the proportions following for a safe-to-use  and effective carpet deodorizer powder. Keep in mind that you’ll need a vacuum to remove the powder from the carpet after use.

This particular recipe should last about two weeks, if you plan on using it on a daily basis.

What you need:

  • 2 cups baking soda (purchase a 5lb bag of bicarbonate soda which will yield 5 batches of this recipe)
  • 20 drops essential oil (a great deodorizer is lavender, but any virtually any essential oil such as eucalypt, vanilla, tea tree and lemongrass works)

You really want to seek out a good organic, environmentally friendly essential oils brand that is safe for pets and children as well as cruelty-free.

Instructions:

  1. Place one cup of baking soda inside a reusable bottle or container using a funnel to avoid making a mess.
  2. Add some drops of essential oil on top of the baking soda as you carefully funnel it into the bottle.
  3. Add the drops a little at a time and shake the bottle as you go so that they don’t clump up inside the baking soda.
  4. Close the bottle and shake well.

Your natural carpet deodorizer powder is ready for use.

Using Your Natural Carpet Deodorizer Powder

Opt for organic essential oils for your homemade deodorizer powder.
Opt for organic essential oils for your homemade deodorizer powder.
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  1. Sprinkle the powder generously on your carpet (especially those high traffic areas or where pets sleep).
  2. Allow it to settle for 10 minutes.
  3. Vacuum off any residue.

Given that this is a mild, natural recipe, you will be able to use the carpet deodorizer daily in busy areas and weekly in the less frequented areas of the home.

Tips:

  • If you have young children, keep all essential oils locked away out of their sight and reach is a must to ensure they don’t get their hands on them and do themselves harm.
  • You might also use the DIY deodorizer powder to neutralize bad smells in the kitchen trash can or to clean and freshen upholstery as needed.
  • This carpet deodorizer could also be used in your car. Shake some onto carpets and seats before vacuuming to remove any stale car smells.
  • Essential oils usually expire after three years, at which point they do not work as well and might even cause irritation to you or your pets. If you see an unusual change in the way your essential oil looks, feels or smells, you should toss it out and get a new bottle.

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