DIY Natural/Organic Carpet Deodorizer

Carpet Deodorizer

Confession time: When I was in college, I used to buy off-the-shelf carpet deodorizers with artificial lavender or tropical scents.

Before becoming eco-savvy, I never suspected these carpet “fresheners” were hazardous—or that I was breathing in a nasty dose of their residues as I vacuumed.

Read their labels today, and you’ll find unhealthful ingredients you don’t want to inhale. And newer versions, available as quick-dry foams, have propellants that contain propane and n-butane.

To avoid chemical exposure, go the do-it-yourself natural/organic route, which also turns out to be less expensive. Today’s DIY carpet deodorizer recipe calls for only two nontoxic ingredients:

  1. Baking soda, which absorbs odors
  2. 100% pure natural/organic essential oils for customizable fragrances

As with Wednesday’s recipe for DIY Natural/Organic Carpet Cleaner, the aromatherapy experts at Aura Cacia recommend using deodorizing essential oils like bergamot (a refreshing citrus), coriander seed (like bergamot, with a woody nuance) or lavandin (a cross between true lavender and spike lavender).

DIY Natural/Organic Carpet Deodorizer 

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 18 drops essential oil
  1.  Mix ingredients.
  2. Sprinkle on carpet, and allow powder to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Vacuum normally.

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  • Organic Carpet  October 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Too often, people don’t pay attention to the contents of their household cleaners, what their home furnishings are made of or how their home impacts the environment. It is the responsibility, of everyone, to do their part to introduce organic items into daily living.

  • change car carpet  December 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

    In the organic carpet deodorizer recipe listed what does essential oil refer to? Are there any other oils you can use?

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