During the fall and winter months, with people spending more time indoors, the heater blowing, and less fresh air circulating through open windows, carpets can get rather musty smelling. Many people turn to commercial carpet deodorizing powders without realizing that these contain toxic ingredients which have been linked to allergies and asthma. This is especially worrisome if you have babies crawling on your carpet or pets who not only walk on the carpet, but often spend a lot of time playing and napping on the carpet. Toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin, and they are absorbed more rapidly in children than adults.
There is absolutely no need to put something potentially hazardous on your carpets when it is so simple to make your own carpet deodorizer that does not contain any toxic ingredients! Literally, all you need is 2 ingredients!
To make what is pictured above, you will need a Mason jar (any size), Ball Herb Shaker Lids (can be found on Amazon and also at many local retails), baking soda, and your favorite Young Living Essential Oils! I like the Purification blend, because it is odor-neurtralizing, plus I usually add in another oil that is just a scent I enjoy. Today, it is StressAway!
You then sprinkle this mixture on your carpets, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum it up!
Now, here are a few more tips:
- You can also re-use a parmesan cheese shaker or any other container that has a top that works well for sprinkling the mixture onto your carpets! I’m all about using what you have on hand when you can!
- I have tested out simply putting baking soda on the carpet and vacuuming it up, and I didn’t find it did much to eliminate odors. Seems the key is add essential oils!
- Lastly, the type of essential oils you use make a difference! You will not see these results using cheap fragrance oils that you pick up at the grocery store. Those are typically either heavily diluted essential oils (so not very powerful) or they are not essential oils at all–they are fragrances made in a lab, just like perfume.