Homemade, Eco Carpet Fresh/Deodorizer

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Homemade Eco Carpet Fresh  & Home Deoderizer

I have a confession to make.  I love smelly things.

Like a crack addict, I could sniff fabric softener sheets behind closed doors.  Smelly candles?  Sign me up!  I can’t stand body perfumes and scented lotions however, so go figure?!

Here’s the problem….all those lovely smells come with a hefty price tag:  artificial fragrances are NOT good for our body’s chemistry  Shall I list some biggies?!

  • Artificial fragrances are loaded with chemicals and most are petroleum based.
  • Lots of artificial fragrances contain a carcinogen “Phthalates,” a chemical known to disrupt the  endocrine system.  It is even banned in EU.
  • All these chemicals are an extreme ski irritant and put stress on already over-taxed bodies!  They can make our allergies THAT much worse!

Here is a great article that is succinct and helpful, The Dangers of Artificial Fragrance.’

All this besides…raising a family can provide for a lot of….well…. stink!

I prefer my space smell fresh and inviting! But dirty diapers, a  hundred pound dog, and any other myriad of stinky things in our house work to combat that ideal.

When I turn the vacuum on with a bag partially full, I start to smell dog!  (BTW, everyone has always told us that we have no dog smell in our house…but the vacuum is a unique beast!  It is possible our friends and family just don’t want to hurt our feelings too..(:

So how do you help deodorize your house without compromising your health?

I have been using baking soda for so many uses around the house for so long, I am not sure why it took me so long to brainstorm this use.  But one day, when the smell of dog was wafting to my nostrils from our vacuum yet again, I had to act!  Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, so I knew it could do well inside the vacuum bag.  But I also wanted a fresh room smell – enter essential oils!

This is not so much a recipe or formula, as just an idea. Here is what you need:

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  • Baking soda: I buy a large bag at my local Costco for under $5.
  • Essential oils of your preference (orange, lemon, peppermint, and lavender are my favorites. But I bet pine, eucalyptus, and cinnamon would all be great too).
  • Smelly herbs: It's not necessary, but I grow my own lavender and rosemary, and have also used cinnamon powder as I have them available.
  1. I pour a bit of soda into a mason jar, then squirt some essential oil, followed by more soda, then repeat. How much essential oils you use is totally dependent upon your own nose: mine likes it pretty strong!
  2. I give it a thorough shake and store in a closed mason jar within my cleaning caddy, ready to go!


  • Sprinkle on you CARPET, let stand, and vacuum as you normally would.
  • Deodorize your VACUUM by simply sucking some of the mixture up and into the bag.  Every time you turn it on, you will get a lovely whiff!
  • Stinky GARBAGE PAIL?  Sprinkle some in for some instant freshness, and leave it there to absorb more odors!
  • Although I do not use it for this, this would make a great ABRASIVE CLEANER for bathtubs and sinks too!

How about you?  How do you like to freshen up your house?  Are you a closet fragrance junky like me?!

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25 comments on “Homemade, Eco Carpet Fresh/Deodorizer
  1. Charlotte Moore says:

    I do like a good fragrance. If my clothes don’t smell good, I think they are not clean.

  2. Tessa, I love it! YES, I am a smelling addict, thanks to YL essential oils! I can not tolerate fragrant/cosmetic smells, my nose what is pure and what is toxic. I bet your house smells wonderful! I could hang out with you for a while and we would get along just fine :) Thank you for linking up with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays!

  3. I am just going to come out and say it…I love you! Thank you SO much for this recipe…so easy and yet I have no doubt that it will be lovely. My husband and I chose the scent Spikenard for our home and this will help to increase it without candles while also helping to eliminate adolescent boy and pet smells. :)

  4. Carrie B says:

    I caught this post on the Hearth & Soul Hop… I do use baking soda as an abrasive for my old sinks. Mix with some Dr. Bronner’s (or other) castille soap and it makes a FABOO cleaning agent!

  5. Jen says:

    Oh man, I love this! Ironically this is my cleaning day. I think I am going to use it this afternoon! I stopped using carpet deoderizers long ago and have to admit I miss the fresh smell! BS makes so much sense as I have seen it used for all kinds of cleaning and freshening!

  6. Gonna have to try that deodorizer! I love things that smell good but now it always makes me think of all the chemicals. This is great!

    And I just nominated you for the Sunshine Award:


  7. amber says:

    Awesome recipe, Tessa. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  8. Years ago I use to use this stuff on my carpets because I had a stinking cat. If we ever get carpets again I’ll keep this in mind. This is WAYYYY better.

  9. Great idea! I’ve been using baking soda mixed with a bit of ground cinnamon and sprinkled on the carpet before vacuuming, but hadn’t thought of using essential oils! Love it. I use baking soda for just about everything :)

  10. I love it when things smell nice, but I too am concerned about artificial fragrances. I had heard of using baking soda before you vacuum, but I love your idea of adding essential oils or herbs – what a great way to clean!

  11. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  12. Vicky says:

    I’ve used this method for some time, bicarbonate of soda is just amazing! But I never thought of cinnamon! I LOVE this idea! Thank you!

  13. I love this recipe! I used to be a carpet deoderizer addict but I gave it up because of the chemicals.

  14. christina says:

    FOund this by searching for homemade baking soda carpet deodorizer. Thanks! I used a clean Parmesan shaker!

  15. Becky says:

    I love using baking soda to beat odors. Thanks for sharing a great recipe for helping keeping a house clean and green on Tuesday Greens!

  16. SUPER smart! I love this idea!

  17. This is such a great idea!!! Thanks for linking up at Natural Thursdays :)

  18. Really appreciate your DIY deodorizer recipe. I really don’t like store-bought fresheners because of the strong fragrance more like fake smell into it. Can’t wait to try this. Just a thought, some maybe planning on using tea tree oil and I read that its toxic for animals especially dogs.
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  19. Jon Whiting says:

    Baking soda does have many great uses, just be careful when using it on your floors. Baking soda absorbs moisture and can form a kind of “plaque” in the tubes of your vacuum and start to gather all sorts of yuck. I service vacuums and could show you examples that would make you queezy. Sorry! :\ Never vacuum damp carpet or store your vac in an area that is humid.

  20. LIndsay says:

    Could you use this on a fabric couch, too? Do you think you could add a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s soap with the essential oils?

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