Make Your Own Carpet Freshener

Follow these simple tips for an easy DIY carpet freshener.

| February 2016

Baking soda

Baking soda has numerous uses for cleaning the home; and when combined with borax, makes for an effective and affordable fabric freshener.

Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

In The Hands-On Home (Sasquatch Books, 2015), Erica Strauss provides readers with more than 100 recipes, tips and inspirational ideas. This no-nonsense, seasonal guidebook to reducing consumerism and increasing DIY covers everything from cooking and preserving to nontoxic home and personal care.

You can purchase this book from the Capper's Farmer store: The Hands-On Home.

Carpet Freshener

One day when my son was about three, I turned from doing the dishes to see that he had taken a large bulk container of cinnamon out of a kitchen drawer, opened it, and proceeded to methodically—almost lovingly—grind every teaspoon of the spice into my favorite area rug in the living room. There was a splotch of dusky reddish brown stretching from one end of the carpet to the other, and my son looked as if he’d spent the afternoon rolling in the red dirt of Georgia. I’m happy to say that six thorough vacuumings and a bath later, there wasn’t too much trace of the cinnamon on either my rug or my son.

The funny thing is, my carpet smelled great after that. Twenty dollars’ worth of bulk cinnamon worked a treat in freshening up the fibers of the carpet. I got to thinking that maybe an odor-absorbing powder would be a good way to keep my wall-to-wall carpets and rugs fresh in between deeper cleanings. This carpet-refreshing formula kills dust mites (which love your carpet almost as much as your bed), works even better than cinnamon, and it’s much, much cheaper.

While essential oils are optional, they’re a nice addition. Dust mites particularly hate eucalyptus, cinnamon, tea tree, and clove.


3 cups baking soda

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