Household cleaners are notoriously loaded with caustic and toxic chemicals, so trading them in for green cleaning products is one of the first steps organic consumers take. 

After a while, however, we tend to figure out that we can use common household ingredients like vinegar and fresh lemon juice to create do-it-yourself versions that get the job done effectively and less expensively. Add your favorite natural/organic essential oils, and you can customize your cleaners’ scents—an added bonus. 

Today’s DIY carpet cleaner recipe contains only three nontoxic ingredients: 

  1. Baking soda, which gently scours surfaces while absorbing odors
  2. Natural liquid soap (made from vegetable or nut oils)
  3. 100% pure natural/organic aromatherapy essential oils 

Aura Cacia, a manufacturer of natural and certified organic essential oils, recommends using deodorizing oils like bergamot (a refreshing citrus), coriander seed (like bergamot, with a woody nuance) or lavandin (a cross between true lavender and spike lavender) in today’s homemade carpet cleaner.

DIY Natural/Organic Carpet Cleaner

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 18 drops natural/organic essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap 
  1. Mix baking soda and essential oil.
  2. Add liquid soap and mix, until a creamy paste forms.
  3. Apply to spots on carpet. Scrub and blot dry.