Homemade Carpet Deodorizers for Pet Odors and More

Smelly Rugs? Try these DIY Carpet Deodorizers for Natural Odor Control

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Anyone else notice that carpets don’t always smell very nice? As the largest surface in the room, carpeting also collects the most odors. Area rugs aren’t far behind. So, I use these homemade carpet deodorizers on both.

Now, some vacuum manufacturers advise against cleaning up baking soda with their machines. I find that odd, since it’s not as fine as dust and I expect vacuums to handle that! But I’m also providing a DIY carpet deodorizing spray if you’d rather use it instead.

What to Use to Deodorize Carpets?

If you’re interested in switching to natural, homemade cleaners, ditching store-bought carpet deodorizer is a good start. Here’s what the ingredients in my carpet deodorizing recipes do, so you know why I use them.

Baking soda (bicarbonate): This is a fantastic, non-toxic deodorizer. It’s safe for use with HEPA vacuums, but if you have a robot vacuum cleaner use the carpet deodorizing spray instead.

Diatomaceous earth. This substance is the result of crumbling sedimentary rocks containing fossilized algae. This all-natural, non-toxic powder controls pests in the home and garden. In the DIY carpet deodorizer recipe below, it helps kill dust mites, too.

Vinegar. The acetic acid in white distilled vinegar helps destroy odor-causing bacteria. It also helps dissolve the bonds between greasy dirt and your carpet. Use in a homemade carpet deodorizer, it helps your vacuum to remove more odor-causing dirt.

Table salt. Although not a deodorizing ingredient, salt helps dissolve dirt and kill dust mites. It also fabrics and helps restore your carpet’s fluff. Neat, right?

Essential oils. In these carpet deodorizing recipes, the optional essential oils are for fragrance. Be careful which ones you choose if you have pets.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer Recipes

For the powders, use a glass or Mason jar and lid with holes punched into it. Or, if you have an old parmesan cheese shaker handy, that works, too. Any clean and empty spray bottle is fine for the carpet deodorizing spray.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer Recipe # 1

Alternate adding 2 cups of baking soda and 10-20 drops of essential oils to your shaker jar. Stop adding when you’ve got about 1 inch of space at the top of the powder. Put on the lid and shake well. Apply to your carpet, wait at least 5 minutes, and vacuum

Homemade Carpet Freshener Recipe # 2

This carpet deodorizing powder kills dust mites and helps control fleas, carpet beetles, and cockroaches. Brush it into your carpet fibers and leave it overnight for the greatest effect, but no longer than that.

1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate)
1 cup diatomaceous earth
10-20 drops essential oils, optional

Add half of each ingredient to your shaker jar and combine. Repeat with the remaining half. Sprinkle this powder on carpeting lightly for odor elimination. To kill dust mites, fleas, and other insects, brush it into your carpet fibers and let it sit overnight if possible, then vacuum.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer Recipe # 3

This DIY carpet freshener spray eliminates odors and brightens your rug. The vinegar smell will fade as the spray dries, or you can add essential oils to cover it up.

1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons table salt
10-20 drops essential oils, optional

Combine the ingredients in a clean spray bottle, swirling until the salt dissolves. Mist your carpets but don’t saturate them, and take care not to spray anything that should not get wet. Let the carpet deodorizing spray air dry, then immediately vacuum.

How to Use DIY Carpet Fresheners

• Weekly refresh: Sprinkle it on like you’re salting food, wait 5 minutes, then vacuum.

• Greasy areas: Sprinkle a generous layer and work it in with a broom. Wait an hour or overnight for the carpet deodorizing powder to bond with the grease, then vacuum thoroughly.

• Pet smells: After removing the pet stain, sprinkle the area with carpet deodorizing power to neutralize the odor. Work it in, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum.

• Furniture refresh: Sprinkle the DIY deodorizing powder on your upholstery, wait 5-15 minutes, then vacuum. You can also use the spray version on washable sofa fabrics.

• Smelly cars: Sprinkle on the carpet deodorizing powder before vacuuming when you’re cleaning your car’s interior.

For best results, be sure you’re vacuuming the right way so you get all the carpet deodorizing powder out of your rug.

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