Until I made my homemade carpet freshener, I had no intentions of giving up my fresh linen scented carpet powder from the store. Those that use scented carpet powder probably understand my resistance to drop it from my cleaning kit: it’s one of the fastest ways to a great smelling home.
But, the homemade version smells just as great! And this recipe actually serves a purpose aside from just making the room smell fresh.
- Baking soda is a natural deodorizer.
- Essential oils smell great (at first I didn’t like the scent of Tea Tree Oil, but it has grown on me!), and can have various additional benefits, depending on the specific oil you choose.
- Borax is said to be useful against dust mites, and fleas, in addition to being a natural deodorizer.
What You’ll Need:
How to Make Homemade Carpet Freshener:
Pour borax, baking soda and essential oil into a mason jar. Cover, then shake until the essential oil practically disappears.
And you’re done. It takes less time to make this than it does to pour a cup of coffee!
The amount of essential oil used, and type, is totally up to you. I like to use 20 drops orange, 20 drops lemon essential oil.
How to Use:
Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for a few minutes. Then vacuum up the powder. I’ve left it sitting for as little as five minutes when in a rush and it’s worked just fine.
You may have noticed that I have a “special” lid for this. I just grabbed it off of one of my mason jar cups and it works great for this purpose! But if you don’t have them, I’ve read that you can use a hole punch to pierce through a regular mason jar lid.
I also have another (admittedly, untested) idea that I *think* may work in a pinch… put a cupcake liner over the jar, screw on the ring, and pierce a few holes in the liner. In my mind that sounds like it would work, but I’m not totally sure. I’d love to hear your results if you try that method.
Ginny Collins is a passionate foodie and recipe creator of Savor and Savvy and Kitchenlaughter. Indoors she focuses on easy, quick recipes for busy families and kitchen basics. Outdoors, she focuses on backyard grilling and smoking to bring family and friends together. She is a lifelong learner who is always taking cooking classes on her travels overseas and stateside. Her work has been featured on MSN, Parade, Fox News, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and many local news outlets. She lives in Florida where you will find her outside on the water in her kayak, riding her bike on trails, and planning her next overseas adventure.