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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.

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.

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

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

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

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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  • Nicolette Spargo
    Nicolette Spargo New York, NY
    on Mar 15, 2017

    Definitely need to try this!!

  • Gloria Eubanks
    Gloria Eubanks
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I heard that essential oils harmed your animals. So is it safe to use like this? I have dogs and a cat and do not want to kill or make them sick. I bought a defuse lamp to use oils in but after buying it was told that could make them sick or even kill them. Please tell me if these oils or safe for them or a safe way I may use them that is safe. Thanks for your help.

    • Tara L. Callaghan
      Tara L. Callaghan Dearborn Heights, MI
      on Mar 21, 2017

      What Kitty said. ;) There are definitely essential oils that can be harmful to animal companions, especially our avian friends, but many of them are quite beneficial and have a similar effect on them as they do on us. Safe ones include lavender, spearmint and frankincense, but absolutely do your own research and look at what everyone has to say. I have two cats and a super-senior dog and I use a diffuser daily in my home, we burn herb and resin incense, and I add oils to a number of my cleaning products without any problems, but that's *my* household. You have to feel safe with yours!

  • Kathfz
    on Mar 19, 2017

    For banishing and protecting? What? Love essential oils though

    • Tara L. Callaghan
      Tara L. Callaghan Dearborn Heights, MI
      on Mar 20, 2017

      It depends on your belief systems, but it boils down to negative or unwanted energies in the house.

  • Carolyn Wainscott
    Carolyn Wainscott
    on Mar 19, 2017

    thank you, am going to try this

  • Clb2546
    on Mar 19, 2017

    Do not use a carpet. I consider it very unhealthy.

    • Barb in Texas
      Barb in Texas Houston, TX
      on Mar 19, 2017

      My last 3 places, two I built and this one I rent, had ceramic tile. I'd prefer concrete, because the grout lines get dirty, but carpet is just horrible, in my opinion. I won't ever live anywhere with it again, not with pets and small children.

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