Anyone living with the combination of pets and carpeting knows that odors have a tendency to grab on and never let go. Of course, the best way to combat that is to shampoo your rugs & carpeting regularly to stay on top of things. But unless you own a carpet cleaning machine, you know how expensive regular cleaning can be. So what do you do in between cleanings to keep it smelling clean? You reach for two simple ingredients and make your own odor fighting carpet powder.
WHY DO I NEED CARPET POWDER?
Years ago before I started making my own cleaning products, I had bought countless containers of carpet powder and used them regularly on my wall to wall carpeted townhouse. My beloved cat had been battling a disease that made life a challenge in many ways, and maintaining the carpet was one of them. Let’s just say things got messy. So in between cleanings, carpet powder was my “go to”.
Arm & Hammer Carpet Pet Fresh Odor Eliminator was a staple for me. Since it’s obvious that the odor neutralizing power of baking soda was the star ingredient here, I figured there must be a way to recreate this without the use of the synthetic fragrance. I didn’t have to look far to find a wealth of options for making a carpet powder myself.
THE 1 MINUTE ANSWER
Okay, I get that I’m not the first, or last, person to share their own recipe for carpet powder, but what the heck. If I find something I love, I want to let folks know about it! So, after a bit of experimentation on what worked best for me, this is the powder I’ve been making and using for quite a while now. You can see here in this post how I use this powder as part of routine on keeping my house fresh and free of pet odors.
ODOR FIGHTING CARPET POWDER
1 1/2 c. Baking Soda
10-15 drops Essential Oil (any combination)
You can start with any container, but what seems the easiest is to use an empty grated parmesan cheese container.
Measure out the baking soda and add it to the container. Follow with 15-20 drops of essential oil. (My favorite is a ratio of 15 Lavendar/5 Peppermint)
Combine by stirring with a spoon or fork to thoroughly combine the oil & baking soda
Shake onto your carpet & even upholstery. Let sit at least 15 minutes to allow the baking soda to do its odor neutralizing magic. Then vacuum, and yep, that’s pretty much it.
So why should anyone bother to make their own carpet/upholstery powder? Simple. Because it’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s all natural. Just two ingredients and literally the minute it took to put this together is so well worth it. I bet you’ll agree!