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Carpet Deodorizer and Banishing "Wash"

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.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

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.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

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.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

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.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

4. Stir it all together until the baking soda absorbs the oil and it breaks up.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

5. Add 1 tsp of black salt for banishing and protection.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

6. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh, unbrewed coffee grounds, making it a 50/50 mix with the baking soda.

  • carpet deodorizer and banishing wash

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
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  • Amy
    Amy Bristol, PA

    Yay! A witch!! hi! I will so be trying this! my neighbor just recently told me that the chemical stuff was giving her dog reactions. So she kinda shamed me from using it, in case my dog too might have a reaction. So I use just plain baking soda once

    • Tara L. Callaghan
      Tara L. Callaghan Dearborn Heights, MI

      I love the idea of sandalwood and orange! I tend to add frankincense to a lot of things. Busy household, so every little bit of calm and anti-anxiety helps. May your hearth be bountiful!

  • Amy
    Amy Bristol, PA

    yup. Me With sandalwood! My go to!

  • Kay
    Kay Australia

    My Mum used bicard soada on her carpets for dog wee. Mum would shake the soda over the wee let it sit for a time then vac up. No problem, smell was gone, as the soda draws out the smell. I was thinking though, if others are still finding their

  • Jojo Snow

    Never heard about using the coffee grounds. Might be worth a try...

  • Blythe Renton

    For dog pee on the carpet: blot up urine (no rubbing) by pressing a folded paper towel onto the area until as much moisture as possible is removed. Pour plain soda pop just over the area to saturate, wait 30 seconds, and blot this up using the same

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