2 Ingredient Carpet Refresher

June 30, 2020Allison Murray
In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

I love to vacuum. Like, it’s seriously one of the most cathartic things I can do. It’s a highly detailed task for me because I have to make sure that I go over every square inch of the floor. And every time the dust cup fills up I have tangible proof that my efforts have produced fruit. Or cat hair. In this case lots and lots of cat hair :)

And because I have cats my house can smell like, well, I have cats. Oh, and there are a couple of dogs, too. Smells like cats and dogs up in here. Or at least it would if I wasn’t obsessed with every smell good item in the universe.

Since my cats are those jerks that knock things off of tables just to watch the world burn, I can’t do candles for obvious reasons. I do the plug in scent warmers and those are pretty great.

But my favorite way to pretty up the smell of my house is with carpet refresher.

I guess because it combines two of my favorite things, vacuuming and pretty smells, I have tons and tons and TONS of carpet deodorizer. On my last grocery order, however, they were apparently all sold out of any kind of carpet deodorizer at all.

So I did what I used to do regularly, before I got a bit lazy, and made my own carpet refresher. I’m not sure why I stopped, in all honesty… It’s really easy and doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. Plus it takes only 2 ingredients that I ALWAYS have on hand. AND I can use whatever scents I want.

And so, just the other day I made a whole mess of DIY Carpet Refresher in lots of lovely floral scents. Since I made some vintage-inspired labels for some DIY Citrus Scented Vinegar Cleaners last week, it seemed only right to make a matching label for this DIY cleaner as well.

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

To make your own homemade Carpet Deodorizer you will need:

When buying baking soda you don’t have to get anything expensive. We are just tossing it on the ground to suck it up by the vacuum and throw it away, after all. I typically just use up whatever I’ve had open in the pantry for a while but if I plan on making a few shakers at once, I’ll purchase a 5-pound bag. Note – purchasing your baking soda at your local grocery store rather than online to be shipped in the mail will save you a decent chunk of change.

Right now I’m all into things being matchy-matchy and I made some vinegar cleaners in clear plastic with black spray nozzles. So I was super pleased to find these similar 14-ounce plastic spice shakers. 

If you have shakers from store-bought carpet dust or even Parmesan cheese, you can totally use those instead. I typically can’t think of anything to use those things for until after the recycling has already been picked up.

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils

Essential Oils are natural oils that come from plants and can have therapeutic benefits (including aromatherapy). If you have pets you need to take care as some essential oils can make them sick. Lemongrass essential oil, for example, is highly toxic to cats so be sure to research toxicity prior to use.

I have literally no clue why I would have purchased a "Dirt" scented fragrance oil, but here we are. As a side note, it totally smells like dirt. Kind of amazing actually...

Fragrance oils are synthetic with the aroma coming from chemicals. I have found no studies to indicate whether fragrance oils are bad for pets and I’ve been using store-bought or homemade things around my house with synthetic fragrances without any known negative affects of my pets.

(I have literally no clue why I would have purchased a “Dirt” scented fragrance oil, but here we are. As a side note, it totally smells like dirt. No I didn’t use it in my DIY deodorizers, just marveled at my past purchase :)

Feel free to do your own research and decide which scenting option is right for you and your household.

A Few Tips Regarding Carpet Deodorizers

When you use a carpet deodorizer often you’ll need to clean out the filters on your vacuum regularly. If you have installed carpets and you want strong scent add your essential oil or fragrance oil with a heavier hand than indicated in the tutorial. With all dusts or powders you sprinkle on the carpets a little bit will sift through the carpet to the padding and subfloor below. If you’ve ever ripped up old carpet it can get kind of dusty underneath there and more powder means more that sifts through and cannot be vacuumed up.

How to Make Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

Place 2 cups of baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.

Place 2 cups of baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.

Add approximately 30 drops of essential oil or fragrance oil to the baking soda. Use a fork to combine until well mixed.

Add approximately 30 drops of essential oil or fragrance oil to the baking soda. Use a fork to combine until well mixed.

Give the baking soda a sniff test. Add more oil 5-10 drops at a time until you’re happy with the strength of the scent.

Transfer the baking soda mix to your bottle and secure with a shaker lid.

Transfer the baking soda mix to your bottle and secure with a shaker lid.

Download the Free Carpet Refresher Label

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

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Making Waterproof Labels for your DIY Carpet Deodorizer

Print your free carpet deodorizer labels on printable vinyl . Cut out and remove the backing sheet. Apply to a clean shaker bottle.

Print your free carpet deodorizer labels on waterproof vinyl sticker paper . Cut out and remove the backing sheet. Apply to a clean shaker bottle. If it’s possible your carpet refresher bottles might get wet, you can spray on a light even coat of spray sealer, to make the labels even more waterproof.

That’s it. It’s seriously that easy to have really cool looking homemade cleaning products :)

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.
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Homemade Carpet Refresher

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Crafts
Cuisine: Homemade Cleaner
Keyword: carpet deodorizer, carpet refresher, Essential Oils
Cost: 2

Instructions

  • Place 2 cups of baking soda in a medium-sized bowl. Add approximately 30 drops of essential oil or fragrance oil to the baking soda. Use a fork to combine until well mixed. Transfer the baking soda mix to your bottle and secure with a shaker lid.
    Place 2 cups of baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Print your free carpet deodorizer labels on printable vinyl . Cut out and remove the backing sheet. Apply to a clean shaker bottle.
    Print your free carpet deodorizer labels on printable vinyl . Cut out and remove the backing sheet. Apply to a clean shaker bottle.
  • Lightly sprinkle carpet deodorizer on your rugs. Leave for 30 minutes to several hours and then vacuum up.

Notes

To download the free printable labels or read this original post please visit: https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/carpet-refresher

In only 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients you can have your own homemade carpet refresher that deodorizes and smells amazing.+ FREE printable labels.

This post was updated on 6/30/2020. If you’d like to view the original post, it is available here: 2 Ingredient Carpet Deodorizer in a Mason Jar

Comments (8)

  • Mike

    October 18, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Ugh… yes. I’m all too familiar about being aware of chemicals that I surround myself with. Because of my… er… slight obsession to want to keep things clean in the apartment (particularly the bathroom), I’m always finding myself spraying some foam cleaner on a surface to wipe it down. Unfortunately, this is murder my sinuses. One brand in particular (won’t say the name) is hell for my sinuses because I’ll spray it and minutes later, I’m sneezing out of control for the next 24 hours. Even with the windows open, I still end up having to reach for the nearest tissue when I feel a sneeze coming on.

    So I may have to try your baking soda oil idea Allison so that I don’t turn my place into a chemical plant zone!

  • Linda Bridge

    January 3, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    I am wondering if you put some diatomaceous earth in as well, it would take care of doggy pests, and won’t hurt the pets. I will try it as I use DE in their bedding , and I also put it in their food for parasites. Thanks for sharing

    1. Allison Murray

      January 3, 2016 at 12:03 PM

      That sounds interesting! I’m going to research that diatomaceous earth. Thanks for the tip!

  • Janis Reasner

    February 4, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    You never did say do you use water and scrub it?

    1. Allison Murray

      February 5, 2017 at 8:21 AM

      Hey, Janis. You do not use water and scrub it. It’s not that kind of thing. It’s just like the carpet dust you purchase at the store that you sprinkle on the carpet, let it make things smell lovely and then vacuum the dust away. This is just a homemade version.

  • Tina sturgill

    January 6, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Sounds great, gonna give this a try. Thank you.

  • Betty Sorrell mo

    October 27, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Where do you find the shaker lid?

    1. Allison Murray

      October 29, 2018 at 11:38 AM

      I got mine right here: http://amzn.to/1NnQUIb (affiliate)

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