Homemade odor removers for the carpet can be used to remove pet odors, mildew or any other offensive smells. They are cheap, effective and most often non-toxic. These recipes utilize various easily obtainable natural ingredients which you can use to make your own odor removers at home. Remember to keep them out of reach of children and pets. They are non-toxic for household cleaning, but should not be consumed.
Lavender Odor Remover
Lavender flowers have a delightful scent which works well for deodorizing carpets. Crush approximately ½ cup of the fresh flowers in a mortar and pestle or with the back of a spoon to release their scent. Combine the crushed flowers with one cup of baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the mixture liberally over the carpet and allow it to stand for at least 30 minutes.
Make a larger batch if needed by using the formula of one part crushed flowers to two parts baking soda. For very smelly carpets, allow the mixture to stand for several hours or even overnight. The baking soda will absorb the carpet odor and the lavender flowers will leave a fresh floral scent behind. Once the allotted time has passed, vacuum the carpets thoroughly.
Essential Oil Odor Remover
Essential oil combined with plain baking soda results in a fantastic odor remover for carpets comparable to store-bought versions. It costs literally pennies to create at home, as opposed to paying a premium price in the supermarket. Use any essential oil you like. Lavender, rose or jasmine work well if you prefer a floral scent. Choose lemon, orange or lime for a citrus scent, or cedar, sandalwood or patchouli for a spicy fragrance.
Combine approximately 15-20 drops of essential oil with each ½ cup of baking soda used. This formula can be used to make any size batch of the odor remover. Stir well to ensure the oil is thoroughly distributed. Sprinkle the mixture onto the affected areas of carpet and allow it to stand for several hours to overnight, depending on the strength of deodorization needed. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
Remember that essential oil is extremely volatile and is not a true "oil" as we know it. When thoroughly combined with baking soda, it will be undetectable aside from its scent, and will not leave stains or oily residue behind on your carpet.
Borax Odor Remover
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral substance, better known as the salt of boric acid or sodium borate. It is a safe and effective carpet odor remover and can be used similarly to baking soda. Borax is often used for non-toxic household cleaning purposes and can be found in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket. Simply sprinkle it on the carpet, allow it to stand for 30 minutes to several hours, and then vacuum thoroughly.
You may add essential oil or crushed lavender flowers to the Borax according to the guidelines given above for baking soda, if desired. However, Borax will still work excellently on its own to absorb and remove carpet odors. To prevent either Borax or baking soda from clogging up the vacuum, sweep as much as possible from the carpets first, and then vacuum thoroughly.