This DIY Carpet Cleaner Is All Natural

Baking Soda Carpet Refresher
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Between kids and pets, it's no surprise that carpets can develop some unpleasant smells. However, store-bought cleaners are not very kid- or pet-friendly solutions. Skip the chemicals and give your favorite floor covering a refresh with this homemade dry carpet cleaning powder. Baking soda is the star ingredient here; it deodorizes and absorbs unwanted odors just like it does in the refrigerator. Combine it with essential oils like lemon and tea tree to leave behind a bright, clean scent.

Ingredients needed for baking soda carpet refresher
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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda, 2 cups

  • Cornstarch, 1/2 cup

  • Unscented Castile soap flakes or powder, 1 tablespoon (optional)

  • 30 drops lemon essential oil

  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil

  • Mixing bowl and spoon

  • Mason jar or shaker top container

Step 1

Measure and pour the baking soda, cornstarch, and soap flakes (if using) into a bowl. Adding cornstarch helps lift grease, and soap flakes tackle stains for tougher jobs like car carpets or even mattresses.

Combine baking soda and cornstarch
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Step 2

Add 30 drops of both lemon and tea tree essential oil to the baking soda mixture. Along with their clean, energizing scents, lemons cut grease. Tea tree is a potent antibacterial addition.

Tip: Don't love those scents? Change it up! Some possible pairings: sweet orange and rosemary; peppermint and lemongrass; or lavender and juniper berry.

Add essential oils to baking soda carpet refresher
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Step 3

Stir the baking soda mixture together until a damp powder forms and all clumps are broken up. Then allow the mixture to dry for two to four hours. This lets the oils' aroma permeate the powder and helps avoid carpet wetness.

Stir carpet refresher mixture
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Step 4

While the baking soda is drying, remove the cap of a mason jar and and trace the inner lid onto construction paper. Cut out the circle. Use a hole punch to create several openings in the construction paper circle.

Paper mason jar lid for carpet refresher
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Step 5

Transfer the baking soda mixture into the mason jar. Place the construction paper on top of the mason jar and screw on the outer lid.

Baking soda carpet refresher in a mason jar
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Step 6

Apply liberally to carpet and rugs. Use a gentle brush to work the mixture into any stained areas. Leave the mixture on for at least one hour. The more time the better, so leave on overnight if possible.

Tips

Test in an inconspicuous area before general use.

Apply baking soda mixture to carpet
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Vacuum up thoroughly and enjoy clean, soft, and refreshed carpets.

Vacuum baking soda mixture
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