Commercial carpet deodorizers are great for getting the stink out of carpets and loosening up pet hair, but the heavy perfume fragrance can cause allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, headaches, and a number of other issues. Making your own is easy, it can be customized to a scent you like, and you can add some magical elements. The addition of salt to this recipe has the same effect as using a floor wash for banishing negativity and blessing your home, but for rugs and carpets.
1. Clean out a Parmesan cheese shaker or any other container that you can use to shake powder. An empty carpet powder box probably isn't the best choice, since it will already be saturated with chemical scent.
2. Place 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda into the container, depending on the size of the rug or carpet you're working with.
3. Add 30 drops of essential oils to the baking soda, customizing the scent to what you like. For this I added 18 drops of Spice (orange, cassia, clove bud, nutmeg), 6 drops of sweet orange, and 6 drops of Frankincense. This was being used in the master bedroom, so I wanted to take the opportunity to make it uplifting and anti-anxiety.
7. Stir and/or shake it well until the mix blends completely. Shake it out onto your carpet or rug, let it sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum it up.
Alternatives: For flea powder you can add neem oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil, and mix the entire batch into 1/2 to 1 cup of borax, then leave it for a few hours to work; try mixing freshly ground herbs like lavender, sage and rosemary rather than using the oils; or switch black salt with brick powder for banishment.
Materials I used for this project:
- Empty cheese shaker or other shakeable container
- 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 to 1 cup fresh, unbrewed coffee grounds